Table Saw Skills



No previous expreience required








Table saw, palm router, block plane, orbital sander


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


1 day course

Make a Picture Frame on the Table Saw

Create a bespoke picture frame that will last for generations and simultaneously receive a practical introduction to the versatility of the table saw. What’s not to love?

Dates & Availability

22nd October - 3 places left

Is this the right course for me?

This course was born from the fact that everyone we know has something that needs framing. A photograph, print, painting, sketch, hanging, mounted sculpture, pressed flower, squashed newt. We know you have one too. It’s dusty and lonely and no one’s looking at it. Please. Frame it. In fact sign up to this course and make a bespoke frame that will fit it properly.

But this is also a course about joining wood and the thought processes we woodworkers go through to (a) create beautiful objects that will last longer than us and, (b) be able to do so in a weekend. This is why we are using the table saw. Not only is it the foundational machine in the workshop, but it achieves accurate, repeatable cuts that makes our day more efficient and our minds happy places.

The same joinery can of course be achieved with hand tools. If that is your chosen path, we salute you and your noble commitment to the old ways and would urge you to consider our Woodlab Unplugged evening courses. Here the gentle, mindful journey to achieve the same results can be given the space and time it needs. Go forth wood warrior.

Course details

Discussion of best uses of joints, measuring, marking out, various different cuts on the table saw, glueing, sanding and fitting.

Confirming frame size

When you book the course, we will ask you to confirm the approximate dimensions of the frame you wish to make. This will help us prepare the timber for you.

Further course information

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, (including framing glass and mounting card, if needed) the use of PPE (personal protective equipment) in various sizes, teas, coffee and dairy-free milk).

What do I need to bring?

Lunch. Water bottle. Notepad and pen. Questions. Enthusiasm! You may bring your own tools although we reserve the right to prevent you from using them during the course if we deem them inappropriate.


Testimonial text


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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