Router Proficiency

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No previous expreience required







A variety of routers, router table, bandsaw, disc and bobbin sanders.


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


2 day course

Using a Router to make a Shelving Unit

A practical exercise-driven in-depth introduction to the single most game-changing power tool: the router

Dates & Availability

1st/2nd April 2023 - SOLD OUT

3rd/4th June 2023 - SOLD OUT

8th / 9th July 2023 - 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?

Ever marvelled at the accuracy of joinery and thought it was out of your grasp? Or perhaps you’ve wondered how to produce unique shapes with a crisp neat finish and be able to repeat them. Or maybe you are embarking on a domestic project and need a bit of handy know-how. Or just wanting to boost your DIY skills to take on a much broader range of projects. Well let us introduce you to the joys of routing!

The hand held router is the most versatile wood-processing machine in the modern workshop. It has revolutionised the speed, repeatability, efficiency and accuracy of shaping solid wood and sheet material. This hands-on 2 day course aims to bamboozle you with the sheer range and potential of router use. 2 days of noise and knowledge with a nifty set of shelves to come away with.

Course details

Assessing the functions and applications of different routers and router bits. Setting and executing a series of router-based tasks. Making, attaching and using a router table. Creating a shelving unit largely using routers.

Further course 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.

What is provided?

The course fee covers tuition, tools, materials, the use of PPE (personal protective equipment) in various sizes, 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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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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