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There’s no need to buy a Christmas tree this year, you can make your own tree using reclaimed pallet wood. Learn to build the basic structure using hand tools –  cut, shape and construct the tree shape and base; then get to work customising it with paint and fixings ready to decorate for Christmas. Visit our website for more info on this and our other Christmas workshops.
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
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And then the tutor said, ’Moving the chisel outwards from the centre of the wood remove small slices of material as you go’, but she wasn’t quite expecting that! Do you want to learn how to chisel a through housing joint by hand? You can on our beginners woodworking courses. Check our website for details! www.themakershedbristol.co.uk #talentedbeginners #housingjoint #themakershedbristol #stpaulslearningcentre #woodworkcourses

The hectic pace and demands of modern life means sometimes we forget (or just don't have time) to sit and relax. Why not sign up for one of our new January one day courses and make a tilted meditation stool! Not only will you learn basic woodworking & upholstery techniques, once it's finished you'll have the perfect padded seat to find your inner peace. Visit our website and sign up today!
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
#themakershedbristol #stpaulslearningcentre #southwest #courses #tutition #lessons #skills #learn #beginners #woodwork #upholstery #meditation #stool

Wow, what a transformation - that looks awesome! Thanks to our upcycling student Kate for sending us this image of her fabulous chest of drawers back in situ in her home. Would you like to try out a range of upcycling techniques? Our two day weekend project based workshop will introduce you to the basics of using chalk-based paints to decorate furniture with stencilling, layering, wax finishing & distressing. Just bring along an item of furniture that you would like to give an amazing revamp. The next workshop is on the 9th & 10th December so visit our website for more information and sign up today!
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
#themakershedbristol #stpaulslearningcentre #southwest #courses #tutition #lessons #skills #learn #beginners #upcycle #revamp #vintage #chalkpaint #decorate #workshop #cabinet #furniture #stencilling #waxfinish #weekend

What’s happening here? This is one of our Level 3 students chiselling a practice row of curved dovetails before doing the same in lovely oak wood. What’s Level 3? Well, once you’ve completed our Level 1 & 2 Woodwork for Beginners courses (or have the same level of experience & knowledge) you can come to The Makershed and sign up for our Level 3 Project classes. You can make anything you like - as long as it fits easily through the door! We’ll help you with design, drawings, timber sourcing and then help you figure out what are the best joints to use and give you guidance and advice while you make your project with the use of all the workshop facilities and tools. Visit our website for more information and sign up today!
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
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Just one more shelf end to block plane square and Jim (not his real name) will be ready to glue up his case. Top work so far Jim! He’ll then wait for the glue to dry before some smoothing plane action and perhaps applying a finish. Jim’s next project is to make a dovetailed drawer and a mortise and tenon door to fit his case. Would you like to join the woodwork for beginners course and make a project just like Jim? Then visit our website for details on how to do just that and sign up today!
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
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Thanks to Amy-Jane for this image of her great laser cut bird picture. No we haven’t started laser cutting here at The Makershed, Amy-Jane came in to Rent-A-Bench so that she could use our tools to make the wooden frame. Our benches and tools are available to rent on a session by session basis. Rental charges are from £5 - £15 per session so please check our website for further details.
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk/rent-a-bench/
#themakershedbristol #stpaulslearningcentre #southwest #courses #tutition #lessons #skills #learn #rentabench

Happy Monday to you all. So what’s that one thing we use everyday and probably overlook and disregard so much so that they remains inconspicuous? Hinges! Did you know they come in all shapes, sizes, metals, finishes to suit a variety of different projects and jobs? There’s Butt, Rising Butt (snigger), Continuous, Flush, Concealed, Tee, Double Action, Friction, Spring, Thrust Bearing Pivot, Counter Flap, Self-Closing and SOOOO many more - amazing! Here at The Makershed our students use Cranked Flush Hinges to attach their cabinet doors to their cases, they are mounted on the surface of the wood so there’s no real need to chisel a recess… unless they want to of course!
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
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Four happy faces and four more toolbox projects finished and ready to go to there new homes. Well done on all your great work guys! So would you make a toolbox project using hand tools like these Makershed students? Then why not join our beginners woodwork course. You can choose from Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays during July, September, October or November to start making. Please check our new website for details and book your place today!
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk 
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There’s no need to buy a Christmas tree this year, you can make your own tree using reclaimed pallet wood. Learn to build the basic structure using hand tools –  cut, shape and construct the tree shape and base; then get to work customising it with paint and fixings ready to decorate for Christmas. Visit our website for more info on this and our other Christmas workshops.
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
#themakershedbristol #stpaulslearningcentre #southwest #courses #tutition #lessons #skills #learn #beginners #christmas #crafts #workshop #tree #pallet #wood #reclaimed #handtools

Wow, what a transformation - that looks awesome! Thanks to our upcycling student Kate for sending us this image of her fabulous chest of drawers back in situ in her home. Would you like to try out a range of upcycling techniques? Our two day weekend project based workshop will introduce you to the basics of using chalk-based paints to decorate furniture with stencilling, layering, wax finishing & distressing. Just bring along an item of furniture that you would like to give an amazing revamp. The next workshop is on the 9th & 10th December so visit our website for more information and sign up today!
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
#themakershedbristol #stpaulslearningcentre #southwest #courses #tutition #lessons #skills #learn #beginners #upcycle #revamp #vintage #chalkpaint #decorate #workshop #cabinet #furniture #stencilling #waxfinish #weekend

Mahoosive well done (and thanks for the pic) to Nick for finishing Level 1 & 2 of our Woodworking for Beginners course. By using both traditional hand tools and woodworking techniques he’s made a a softwood cabinet with a drawer and shaker style door using rebate, housing, dovetail and mortice & tenon joints and it looks just great in his kitchen. You too can learn all these joints and make this fabulous project by attending our evening or daytimes classes. Just visit our website for all the details about the courses and book your place today!
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
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Brilliant stuff! Why don't you come along and gain an introduction to power drills, basic tools and fixings too? On our DIY for beginners course you’ll to carry out a range of common minor household repairs and DIY jobs. Visit our website for more details and choose from the weekend course, 3 weeks of daytime classes or 6 weeks of evening classes.
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
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Thanks to Amy-Jane for this image of her great laser cut bird picture. No we haven’t started laser cutting here at The Makershed, Amy-Jane came in to Rent-A-Bench so that she could use our tools to make the wooden frame. Our benches and tools are available to rent on a session by session basis. Rental charges are from £5 - £15 per session so please check our website for further details.
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk/rent-a-bench/
#themakershedbristol #stpaulslearningcentre #southwest #courses #tutition #lessons #skills #learn #rentabench

Is it too soon to talk about Christmas? Yes - then I'm sorry. No - That's great and you must be planning on being super organised and all ready early this year. Why don't you think about making some of your gifts too?! At The Makershed we are running four new Christmas crafts workshops. On our Lino Stamp Christmas Gift Wrap Workshop you can create a personalised Christmas gift wrap set. Learn how to make lino-cut stamps and use a simple printing technique to make wrapping paper, gift tags and cards decorated with your own unique design and you'll take your stamp home with you so you can use it again and again. Visit our website for more info on this and the other Christmas workshops.
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
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The hectic pace and demands of modern life means sometimes we forget (or just don't have time) to sit and relax. Why not sign up for one of our new January one day courses and make a tilted meditation stool! Not only will you learn basic woodworking & upholstery techniques, once it's finished you'll have the perfect padded seat to find your inner peace. Visit our website and sign up today!
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
#themakershedbristol #stpaulslearningcentre #southwest #courses #tutition #lessons #skills #learn #beginners #woodwork #upholstery #meditation #stool

Thanks to our fabulous student Helen (not her real name) who sent us this brilliant photo from her travels around the West coast of Ireland. 'Turns out that the tool box makes a perfect G&T caddy in my campervan!'
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On our chalk-based paint Upcycling Workshop you can try out a range of upcycling techniques. This 2 day weekend project based workshop will introduce you to the basics of using chalk-based paints to decorate furniture with stencilling, layering, wax finishing, distressing all taught by the fabulous Fern Busuttil. There will be a range of different coloured paints available or you can mix them together to make your own fabulous colour too. So why not bring along an item of furniture that you would like to give an amazing revamp. The next workshop is on the 9th & 10th December so visit our website for more information and sign up today!
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
#themakershedbristol #stpaulslearningcentre #southwest #courses #tutition #lessons #skills #learn #beginners #upcycle #revamp #vintage #chalkpaint #decorate #workshop #cabinet #furniture #stencilling #waxfinish #weekend

A beautifully made piece of furniture can be ruined at the last minute by a bad sanding job that sticks out like a sore thumb. There a many Do’s and Dont’s with sanding, but the main ones are: Do take pride in your sanding. Do wear a good quality dust mask - wood dust and lungs don’t mix. Don’t sand too fast, the reality is slower speeds lets the grit do the work and sands faster in the long run. Do sand with the direction of the grain of the wood, never across it, that just scratches the wood and it’s a bugger to remove those marks. Do work your way through to a higher number sandpaper, i.e. 150, 240, 300, 400 and beyond for a really smooth finish. Start with a coarser grit than you think you need and sand with it longer than you think you might need to. Yeah really. When marks and damaged wood fibers have been removed, then the rest of the job will go quicker and be way more satisfying. For more tips and tricks on sanding and more, visit our website and sign up for our Beginners Woodworking courses.
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
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There are many types of pencils and there and many types of uses for them too. These HB’s are helping to hold twisted tight cord in place while the glue dries within the fixed legs of a chair. The chair itself is going to be stuffed, stitched and reupholstered on our Upholstery for Beginners course. On this course students provide the chair and the top covering and we provide all other materials so everything is ready to go as soon as they and their chair arrive. Simple. Why not visit our website for more information on all of our upholstery courses and sign up today.
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
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What size drill bit? What kind of wall plug? What length screws? All questions you need to know the answers to when doing basic DIY around your home. If you want to put up some shelves, hang some pictures, put up a coat hook or fix some broken plasterboard but don’t know where to start or what tools or fixings to use, then our beginners DIY course gives you an introduction to basic hands tools, power drills, fixings & fittings and teaches you how to carry out basic DIY tasks. Don’t delay, visit our website today and book your place!
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
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If you look up the phrase ‘practice makes perfect’ it is said to encourage someone to continue to do something many times, so that they will learn to do it very well. Well here at The Makershed we encourage our students to complete a single practice dovetail joint 'very well' before going for it and making their Level 2 Drawer project. In doing that practice joint they not only learn how to mark out a single dovetail but saw it, chisel it and fit it into it’s socket - and they've learnt not to chisel back past the pencil lines, and saw only on the waste side of the line and most importantly not to have to lower the shoulder lines! Would you like to learn how to chisel a dovetail joint? Then visit our website and sign up for our beginners woodworking course today.
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
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My last Friday volunteering at St Paul's Darkrooms was today and this message was waiting for me in the message book. I did too! 😺
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On our Level 1 upholstery course students upholster a small stool and drop in seat for a dining chair, they learn to use tools effectively and how to web, pad and cover the stool before stripping and reconditioning the drop in seat frame, stuffing it with traditional materials and learning new joints and ways to finish off. We provide all the materials, including the stool and drop in seat frames. At the end of the course the stool is yours to take home! The course length is 4 weeks of daytime classes or 8 weeks of evening classes. What’s not to love? Visit our website and sign up today.
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
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Oops. So you wake up one morning and you notice a hole in the plasterboard wall with no idea how it got there?! You’d love to fix it yourself but don’t know how? Well your in luck because we can teach you just how to do that. On our DIY for Beginners course we’ll teach you how to patch repair small areas in solid or plasterboard walls along with giving you an introduction to basic tool and how to use them. Choose from a weekend course, 3 weeks of daytime classes or 6 weeks of evening classes by visiting our website.
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
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Happy Monday to you all. So what’s that one thing we use everyday and probably overlook and disregard so much so that they remains inconspicuous? Hinges! Did you know they come in all shapes, sizes, metals, finishes to suit a variety of different projects and jobs? There’s Butt, Rising Butt (snigger), Continuous, Flush, Concealed, Tee, Double Action, Friction, Spring, Thrust Bearing Pivot, Counter Flap, Self-Closing and SOOOO many more - amazing! Here at The Makershed our students use Cranked Flush Hinges to attach their cabinet doors to their cases, they are mounted on the surface of the wood so there’s no real need to chisel a recess… unless they want to of course!
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
#themakershedbristol #stpaulslearningcentre #southwest #courses #tutition #lessons #skills #learn #beginners #woodwork #furniture #housing #dovetail #mortice #tenon #rebate #groove #dowel #cabinet #case #drawer #door #handtools #saw #chisel #mallet #blockplane #markingknife #ruler #hinge

Some people make an art of sitting down, and others make art while sitting down. When my Mum sits down she crochets blankets and I always sit down to chisel a rebate cheek. Some sit to read newspapers, some sit to paint and I suspect a few just sit and relax, but who are they and when do they have time to do that!? Anyway, how about learning to be one of those people who make an art of what we sit on! Would you like to start by learning how to upholster a drop in seat? Just choose from daytime or evening classes at The Makershed and you can do just that. Places are limited and going fast so visit our website and choose Level 1 Upholstery for more information and book your place today.
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
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Our upcycling and upholstery courses involves stripping, repairing and re-upholstering a small project of your choice. This could be any stool or chair that you would like to beautify by stripping & re-upholstering and painting. Suitable beginners projects are dining chairs and foot stools. Courses run on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday daytimes so check our website for details and book your place today.
www.themakershedbristol.co.uk
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