Milling Wood

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No previous experience required







Planer-thicknesser, bandsaw, pillar drill, router, disk sander, bobbin sander.


WoodLab, Woodlands Yard, Dartington, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6N


1 day course

Milling Wood to make Serving Boards

A hands-on wood-processing experience transforming rough timber into beautiful objects.

Dates & Availability

January 21st - SOLD OUT

March 4th - SOLD OUT

April 29th - SOLD OUT

** We're having a break in the schedule while Sam, our in-house teacher, deals with having another child (the crazy fool!). To be the first to receive the new dates when they are released, please click the 'Enquire' button and register your interest. We're currently not sure exactly when that will be.

Is this the right course for me?

Planing a piece of wood properly is a fundamental first step to the success of any solid wood project. Do this well, and everything else feels just that little bit easier. It is also one of the foundational competencies of an aspiring woodsperson. Planing also reveals the timber’s character for the first time. Even for experienced woodworkers, there is nothing quite as satisfying as starting off with a dusty rough bumpy bit of timber and working with it so the depth of colour and contours of the grain emerge. This course has been designed to share the experience with you.


Learn how to read a rough-sawn piece of timber and how best to use it. Rough-cut pieces on the bandsaw, learn the technique of planing faces and edges, thickness them, join them, design your boards, add detail, sand and finish, chat, drink tea and make merry.

Further information


We ask participants to arrive at 9am for a 9.15 start. We aim to finish by 5.30pm but the day may be longer or shorter depending on how the work progresses.

Where is it held?

In our beautiful double-height, purpose-built workshop in Dartington Forest. Map and parking details will be sent to you once you’ve booked. Wood Lab has parking, and is only a 5 min taxi or 30 min walk from Totnes Railway station.

What is provided?

The course fee covers tuition, tools, materials, the use of PPE in various sizes (personal protective equipment) and teas, coffee and dairy-free milk.


What to bring, what to wear, where to park, etc. will all be given to you once you've booked.

We look forward to welcoming you to Woodlab!


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Client Name


In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.


Alice Walker


The course is great, I finally have a frame for my squashed newt and I made it myself!


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