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This cricket table making course is taught by expert maker Derek Jones. The key principles for building a cricket table are simplicity, necessity and ingenuity. Using just two types of joint it’s possible to create a robust structure from almost any species of wood that can be used to make a variety of different pieces of furniture.

History of a Cricket Table

As there are no plans or blueprints in existence that dictate how a cricket table should look, no two cricket tables are the same. The process for making them follows a far more organic process where the tools and materials to hand dictate the build and ultimately the form.

The design for this table incorporates two types of joint that can be used to create a variety of everyday furniture with a few basic hand tools and materials that are easily sourced. As well as developing a range of techniques for marking out and cutting joints with hand tools, you will also learn how to read the grain of a piece of wood and assess its suitability for a specific purpose.

Although some instructions will be available, you will benefit from being able to sharpen and maintain your own tools if you choose to bring them. Alternatively a full set of equipment will be provided.

Please bring:

Drawing and writing equipment, any woodworking tools you already have and would like to use in preference to those supplied for use on the course. These might include back saw/dovetail/Japanese saw, cabinetmakers chisels, #5 bench plane, block plane, shoulder plane, fret/coping saw. Please do not purchase these especially.

Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals.

About Derek Jones

Derek Jones was editor of Furniture & Cabinetmaking magazine for seven years and has written extensively on the subject. A furniture maker with more than thirty years experience he now splits his time between teaching, demonstrating and running a bespoke furniture making business.

Cost: £295 including materials

Got a place on this course?
Please arrive at 9.30am, the days will finish at 4.30pm.
There’s no need to bring any tools, but please bring a packed lunch.

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2025 dates TBC
To book this course, please book direct with Derek here:

Make a Cricket Table