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Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools

A course by Bibbings & Hensby
Furniture Workshop. London, United Kingdom.
Joined April 2021
, Furniture Workshop

Discover a practical approach to making wooden furniture professionally using hand-held tools

  • Best seller
  • 96% positive reviews (106)
  • 4013 students
  • Audio: English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Discover a practical approach to making wooden furniture professionally using hand-held tools

  • 96% positive reviews (106)
  • 4013 students
  • 14 lessons (1h 58m)
  • 21 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Jack Bibbings and Matthew Hensby combine traditional craft with contemporary design to create original pieces that feel grounded and relevant. Together, at their workshop, they develop modern furniture pieces inspired by traditional English design. Their style is characterized by the hand tools they use, which gives a unique finish to each piece.

In this course, Jack and Matthew share their passion and expertise to show you how to start making your own wooden furniture. Discover how to use the hand tools you need, understand how wood is shaped, and craft your very own solid wood furniture piece that withstands the test of time.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Tools and Materials
  • U3
    U3. Making a Milking Stool
  • U4
    U4. Finishing Your Furniture
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start the course by getting to know Jack Bibbings and Matthew Hensby and learning about their debuts in the woodworking industry. Explore the influences that have shaped their style and techniques, and begin to do some research for your own influences.

Jack then goes over the tools for the course and shares some advice on buying your own. Learn what to look for in a workbench for hand tools and begin preparing your workspace. Get introduced to the hand plane, seeing how to correctly set up and hold it. Then, learn about the spokeshave and chisel, seeing their different uses for woodworking. Look at the different tools your teachers use to sharpen blades and learn to use them. Then, see what to consider when selecting and preparing timber.

Get an overview of the stool you are about to make and see your design plans. Prepare and dimension the components you need and start drilling and shaping your timber pieces. Create your wedges and assemble your stool.

Add the finishing touches to your stool, such as flushing tenons, adding final chamfers, and applying oils or paints. Finish the course by seeing how to sign your work.

What is this course's project?

Create a traditional staked three-legged stool in oak using hand tools.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone who would like to learn how to start crafting wooden furniture with hand tools.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is required to take this course, just an interest in woodworking and making furniture.

As for materials, you will need a workbench, some clamps, a hammer, a chisel and mallet, a 600mm metal ruler, a pencil, a sliding bevel, a bench plane, a block plane, a honing guide, waterstones, a flattening stone, a panel saw, a backsaw, a panel saw, and a 150mm square. Further equipment will be specified at the beginning of the course.


4013 Students
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Bibbings & Hensby

A course by Bibbings & Hensby

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Furniture Workshop

Jack Bibbings and Matthew Hensby experienced the joy of making things with their hands from a young age, but when it came to starting their professional journey, both began in the corporate world. The duo met during their furniture-making training, and their common approach to the craft soon developed into a friendship, as well as a professional partnership with the launch of their joint workshop.

Bibbings and Hensby’s functional contemporary style seeks to reintegrate traditional skills into today’s world using hand tools and woodworking techniques. Their clients range from interior designers, architects, as well as private clients. Their latest work includes furniture-making plans, as well as furniture pieces like large slab-top desks and backed chairs that can be found on their online store.


  • U1


    • About Us
    • Influences
  • U2

    Tools and Materials

    • Tool List
    • Introduction to the Workbench
    • Introduction to the Plane and Block Plane
    • Spokeshave and Chisel
    • Sharpening Blades
    • Timber Selection
  • U3

    Making a Milking Stool

    • Introduction to Stools and Plans
    • Component Preparation and Dimensioning 1
    • Component Preparation and Dimensioning 2
    • Joinery
    • Cutting Chamfer and Assembly
  • U4

    Finishing Your Furniture

    • Finishing Touches
  • FP

    Final project

    • Contemporary Woodworking with Hand Tools

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Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools. Craft course by Bibbings & Hensby Best seller

Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools

A course by Bibbings & Hensby
Furniture Workshop. London, United Kingdom.
Joined April 2021
  • 96% positive reviews (106)
  • 4013 students