DIY Skills

Learn a new DIY craft skill and find new and inspirational ways to complete your next project. From furniture painting to welding, we have an online or in-person DIY course to suit you. Click on an image to see a full description of the course and information about the school.
  • In-Person Course

    Basic Woodwork and DIY Course

    Designed for the complete beginner, learn basic woodwork; how to use different tools and gain the skills needed for necessary household DIY including: Hanging shelves, repairing cupboard doors, flat pack furniture, using battery tools.

    All safety equipment is provided but wear clothes suitable for being in a workshop.

    COURSE CONTENT
    Drawing plans and working from them
    Battery-powered drills
    Different types of squares and their uses
    Marking techniques and measuring on metal and wood
    Drilling
    Drill bits (twist drills, brad point, masonry, forstner bits, hinge bits, speed bits)
    Profile gauges
    Plum lines
    Hand planes
    Chisels
    Fasteners (nails, screws, wall fixings, concrete anchors, expanding and cam fixings)
    Handsaws, Hacksaws, Coping saws
    Files and rasps
    Mitre blocks and Bench hooks
    Timber selection for your projects
    How to sharpen tools
    Making basic joints (lap joints, half joints, mortise and tenon, pocket screws, box and dovetail joints)
    Hinge types
    Mortising for hinges and locks and how to install
    Basic jigs to make your life easy
    Spirit and Laser levels
    Sanding and preparing for finish

    £175.00
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    Location : Surrey

    Designed for the complete beginner, learn basic woodwork; how to use different tools and ...

  • In-Person Course

    DIY and Home Maintenance Course

    This course is aimed at the homeowner who would like to build their home maintenance, repair and home renovating skills. During this one day course, you will learn the following:

    COURSE CONTENT
    How to drill into plasterboard, wood, concrete, glass and brick
    Replacing a door (hanging the door, replacing hinges, installing door hardware-handle & lock)
    Repairing plasterboard (cracks, small and large holes)
    Blocking up a doorway or opening up a wall
    Fixing pictures and TV’s to walls using different fixings for different walls
    Electrical basics (wiring a plug, making an extension lead, repairing lamps and installing light fixtures, how to use a multi-meter for checking voltage and current, changing a wall socket and light switch, how to install downlights (LED and colour changing) and dimming options for mains and low voltage
    How to feed cables into difficult places and final testing
    Removal and application of silicon sealants, different sealants and their uses
    Caulking
    How to deal with wet and dry rot, special undercoats and paints
    Repairing overflowing toilets, leaking tap washers and plastic pipe connectors
    Changing a tap
    Tile application and grouting basics

    £125.00
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    Location : Surrey

    This course is aimed at the homeowner who would like to build their home ...

  • In-Person Course

    One Day MMA/MIG Welding Course

    Here, at Allied Welding, we are pleased to offer an insight into the vast world of both Arc & MIG welding.

    Ideal for people who like the idea of being able to weld, but do not want to commit to a lengthy course over many hours and several sessions. We are able to cover a lot more material whilst providing you with more time with the teacher than what you would get with a normal college class.

    The idea is to take enthusiastic people (male or female) that have never welded before or that just want to brush up on their skills over an enjoyable and relaxed day in our fully equipped workshop and enable them to either carry on with their new-found skills at home, in their garage or workshop or should you wish to progress further we would be glad to recommend local colleges or training centres that can enhance your new-found skill.

    There are many people that have a restoration project on an old car or motorcycle. How about those gates that need fixing or that broken part that could easily be fixed with a little knowledge of welding. That is the idea of this short course; to give encouragement to try something that perhaps otherwise would never be attempted.

    You will be welcomed into our comfortable reception area, where refreshments are available.

    Information.

    Please wear work clothes suitable for the environment. Long-sleeved garments are essential. A leather apron and welding gauntlets are supplied.

    If you are fitted with a heart pacemaker or wear contact lenses, please consult your doctor or/and your optician before booking this course.

    If you are travelling from further afield and would like to make a weekend to explore the Essex countryside or coast after or before your experience we can suggest a few following places to stay: Premier Inn Rayleigh or Basildon, Holiday Inn Basildon or Southend to name but a few.

    – We have Full Comprehensive Insurance
    – Approved by an I.O.S.H Trained member in Managing Health and
    Safety
    – Overseen by a tutor with 15 years of experience
    – All Tutors are City & Guilds trained and regularly refreshed
    – Full Extraction of welding fume is supplied to conform with
    regulation
    – Up to date Fire Inspection Certificates
    – Industry Coded welding tutor

    Protective footwear is essential, if you do not have your own we can provide for a cost of £20.00 + VAT

    If you do not have suitable clothing or your own welders overalls can be provided at a special cost of £25.00 + VAT

    Please advise us on any medical conditions.

    £168.00
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    Location : Essex

    Here, at Allied Welding, we are pleased to offer an insight into the vast ...

  • Online Course

    The Art and Craft of Marbling: A Decorative Paint Effect Course

    COURSE OVERVIEW
    Faux marbling is an ancient technique that will add a touch of class to any project. But this skill is gradually being lost to time. With this course I aim to share my knowledge and experience in the hope these skills will live on.

    On this course you will learn how to recreate the ancient art of faux marbling. You will have unlimited access to the online material for as long as your account remains active, allowing you to practice & perfect these skills before moving on to larger projects.

    The tutorials are carefully designed and structured for people of all abilities. You will start by learning how to prepare your sample board and mix the different paints and glazes required for this paint effect. You will then build up the faux marble effect layer by layer before learning how to finish and protect your completed work.

    The course material has been divided into a series of 5 easy-to-follow video tutorials, accompanied by numerous professional tips and tricks and comprehensive information sheets. Each video is between 12-25 minutes, and within 2 hours, you will be equipped with all the information you need to learn this amazing paint effect.

    £250.00
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    COURSE OVERVIEW Faux marbling is an ancient technique that will add a touch of ...

  • Online Course

    Faux Oak Wood Graining: A Decorative Paint Effect Course

    Faux wood graining is an ancient technique that remains incredibly versatile to this day. As with many paint effect techniques, this skill is gradually being lost to time. With this course I aim to share my knowledge and experience in the hope these skills will live on.

    On this course you will learn how to recreate the faux wood graining effect. You will have access to the online material for as long as your account remains active, allowing you to practice & perfect these skills before moving on to larger projects.

    The tutorials are carefully designed and structured for people of all abilities. You will start by learning how to prepare your sample board and mix the different paints and glazes required for this paint effect. You will then build up the wood graining effect layer by layer before learning how to finish and protect your completed work.

    The course material has been divided into a series of easy-to-follow video tutorials, accompanied by numerous professional tips and tricks and comprehensive information sheets. Each video is between 12-40 minutes, and within 2 hours, you will be equipped with all the information you need to learn this amazing paint effect.

    With practice and imagination, you will soon be transforming the everyday into a work of art.

    £250.00
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    Faux wood graining is an ancient technique that remains incredibly versatile to this day. ...

  • Online Course

    A Hand Painted Furniture Course: Display Cabinet with Alternative Design Ideas

    This professional hand-painted furniture course, introduces you to many of the skills that Simon has developed over the 30+ years working as a decorator and interior designer. It allows you to create beautiful, bespoke, interior design concepts that suit your tastes without having to pay designer prices. Learning this versatile skill enables you to put your own creative stamp on everyday items.

    On this course you will be taken through the skills needed to create professional hand-painted furniture. You will have access to the online material for as long as your account remains active, allowing you to practice & perfect these skills before moving on to larger projects.

    The tutorials are carefully designed and structured for people of all abilities. You will start by learning how to clean your piece of furniture and shown how to remove oils, waxes, varnishes and general dirt ready for painting. You will then be led through the process of repairing any damaged glass or wood veneer to make the furniture look as good as new. After painting the furniture to your taste you will then learn how to finish and protect your work ready for use. In the final lesson Simon demonstrates 3 alternative finishes for different uses and tastes to provide further inspiration.

    The course material has been divided into a series of easy-to-follow video tutorials, accompanied by numerous professional tips and comprehensive information sheets. Each video is between 10-50 minutes, and within 3 hours, you will be equipped with all the information you need to start renovating your own item of furniture.

    £200.00
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    This professional hand-painted furniture course, introduces you to many of the skills that Simon ...

  • In-Person Course

    Metalwork Craft Weekend

    This two-day course will introduce you to different methods and techniques used within the metal industry, and you will come away with a finished product at the end (Example: ornamental garden flower, weather vane or a wall mounted coat rack).

    What you will be doing over the two days:

    • Hot forming of metal using the forge
    • Cold forming of metal – folding, rolling, and shaping
    • Welding – TIG, MIG and stick
    • Plasma cutting
    • Grinding
    • Metal finishing – painting, polishing, mark making, engraving

    This course is suitable for everyone and is a really fun weekend.

    £445.00
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    Location : West Sussex

    This two-day course will introduce you to different methods and techniques used within the ...

  • In-Person Course

    Welding Day

    This is a one-day intensive welding course where you can learn and practice all 3 welding processes with a variety of metals, or focus on one of your choice.

    For example:

    • Mild Steel and Stainless TIG
    • Aluminium TIG
    • Copper and Brass Brazing TIG
    • Mild Steel and Stainless STICK
    • Mild steel and Stainless MIG

    This course is suitable for anyone wishing to try and discover welding for the first time, or for anyone who wants to update their welding knowledge by concentrating on a process of their choice.

    £295.00
    Rated 0 out of 5

    Location : West Sussex

    This is a one-day intensive welding course where you can learn and practice all 3 ...

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