Table Top Woodworking Class

Learn how to make and design your own wooden table top.

4 hours Class size 1 to 8     label £90

Welcome to The Rivershop, where the art of carpentry takes center stage. In this introductory class to carpentry-led table making, you'll immerse yourself in the craft, guided by experienced artisans. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned woodworker, this course will equip you with the skills needed to create a stunning table that's both functional and visually appealing.

Timber selection is the cornerstone of any woodworking project. You'll learn to discern the characteristics of different wood species, ensuring both aesthetic appeal and structural integrity in your table. Understanding timber movement is crucial, as you'll discover how factors like humidity impact wood, allowing you to anticipate and account for these changes in your design.

Joinery techniques are essential for assembling your table with precision. You'll learn the art of joining wood seamlessly, under the guidance of our expert instructors. Sanding is the gateway to a polished finish, and you'll master proper sanding techniques to achieve a smooth surface ready for staining and sealing.

Finishing your table is where creativity meets craftsmanship. You'll explore a range of Odie’s Oils, discovering how each enhances the natural beauty of wood while providing protection. Staining with Odei's oils and pigments adds depth and character to your creation, allowing you to personalise your table to reflect your style and taste.

By the end of this course, you'll have the confidence and skills to embark on your own carpentry projects. Whether you're crafting a rustic farmhouse table or a sleek modern design.

The table top made in this course is approximately 500x300x30mm and teaches you all the steps you need to know to create your own table. Should you wish to make a larger table with legs at our workshop, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a bespoke booking or 1-2-1.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Rivershop!

NB: We do not accept entry to our classes 15 minutes after the listed start date. This is to ensure our students have a lesson without disruption once the class has started.

Our classes may take longer than the time stated. We can only estimate how long each class takes and we do not want to rush students. Please allocate additional time after the class in case they overrun.

Thank you for your understanding and punctuality.

What you'll get
All materials and tools to make a wooden table top to take home with you, ready to attach to a frame or legs of your choice.
What to bring
An apron, tools, and materials will be provided, but we do recommend you wear old clothes. Additionally, feel free to bring a water bottle or any refreshments you prefer.

We will meet in the Atrium just to the left of the vehicle gates upon entering Thames Side Studios. There is free parking on site, within the gated area, just drive up to the gates and you will be let in. Alternatively, Woolwich Dockyard station is about 10-15 minutes away by foot. Greenwich station is also close by with bus routes taking you close to our studio. Please bear in mind that we are situated within the ULEZ. This might incur a charge depending on what type or age of your vehicle you drive.
Suitable for

This class is perfect for beginners - no prior experience is needed.

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 16 years old).

An adult must accompany any attending kids, and must pay for a separate ticket.

This would also be a lovely gift for her, gift for mum, anniversary gift or birthday gift.


Woolwich Tb-05 Thames Side Studios Unit 8, Harrington Way SE18 5NR

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Richard has been teaching this intro class since 2018 after realising that all the challenges of working with epoxy resin were bound to be frustrating aspiring makers around the world as much as they were for him. After realising that working with epoxy resin was actually quite easy once you knew a few simple tricks and the basic principles, he started inviting you to join him in the workshop to master the tricks of the trade for yourself.

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