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Workbench Construction

Build your own unique dismantlable workbench


6 day course to build a fabulous, fully dismantlable and very sturdy workbench from Ash and Beech wood. Based on an old European design used by site carpenters, it will meet all the needs you’ll have of it to help you make all manner of objects. You will be able to leave with it safely stowed in the back of your car, yet you will find it plenty big and strong enough to use to practise your growing skills. These will cover marking, dimensioning, hand sawing of tenons and chiselling of mortices and simple dovetails among others. The course will give you great confidence for many aspects of traditional joinery and an understanding for the properties of timber.       

Course dates


All dates have been postponed


Timings: 9.30am - 5.30pm

Cost: £990

Please bring your own lunch.

Includes all material, tea, coffee and refreshments.

Maximum group of 6.

The Workshop

The workshop at the Brake is a fully equipped purpose built teaching space with lots of natural light. Built by Phil, Nick and Nick 11 years ago, and rebuilt last year after a fire it is a 1000sq ft building heated by waste sawdust and the burning joy of making. There is a 600sq ft handtool shop which accommodates 7 students and a 400sq ft machine shop for the preparation of material. All tools are supplied and are of high quality. There is a student kitchen, and on all longer courses there will be the opportunity for making your own pizzas in the wood fired oven. There are facilities for all aspects of woodwork including, carving, turning, green woodwork, steam bending, laminating, and all aspects of joinery. All tools are supplied, but I will encourage each participant to gradually collect their own.


Nick Kary

"Since I was old enough I have enjoyed the sensation of a tool in my hand, a knife, a chisel or even a pen." Nick Kary runs our Furniture Making Courses at The Brake.


We have two beautiful holiday getaways available at The Brake.  Owing to the craftsmanship and creativity in building them they each have their own unique character and quality.  They nestle privately within our 2/3 of an acre plot of land and offer the chance to relax in a hot tub or unwind in a sauna. Take a look at our Cabins page to learn more and to book your stay with us here at The Brake.

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