Wood Will Speak To You

Develop your woodworking skills, by making something beautiful and useful.

Join Sonow Woodworking School!

Our courses are run by professional tutors and are suitable for everyone from beginners to those looking to develop specific skills.

We will teach to work with oak.

While oak has a very distinct, sought-after appearance, it can be a difficult
wood to work with.
However, by following some specific guidelines, you can get great results.


You can build a box, using a box joint, spline, or rabbet joint. Building a box with square corners is a great first woodworking project.

Stackable Sawhorse

Every DIYer needs a sawhorse. You can build it from scratch.


Define an outdoor space without constraining it, with a backyard pergola. It's a unique architectural blend that places you both inside and out at the same time.

Half-Lap Joint

The half-lap joint is where half of each of the two boards being joined is removed so that the two boards join together flush with one another.

Mortise and Tenon Joint

The mortise and tenon is a classic wood joinery method. These joints have been used since the early times of woodworking, and are still among the strongest and most elegant methods for joining wood.

Biscuit Joint

Another method for joining boards along the edges (like the tongue and groove joint) is to cut slots and use beechwood wafers (known as a biscuit) to hold the boards in place.

Wood Species Used in Woodworking


Oak is one of the most popular woods utilized in furniture making. There are many varieties of oak, but most have very similar qualities for woodworking.


Poplar is a more utilitarian type of hardwood which is commonly used in woodworking projects that will receive paint.

Mahogany and Cherry

Mahogany and cherry are similar in colour, ranging from light-brown to red. They have straight, tight grain patterns, but differ in hardness. Mahogany is softer than cherry.

Brennan Langley,
Chief Instructor at Sonow Woodworking School