Introduction to Carpentry

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Learn the basics of carpentry with our woodwork courses in Sydney.

"People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results." - Albert Einstein

You are a wood lover? Then come along to this weekend DIY course, demonstrating basic carpentry knowledge and skills to construct a simple storage crate from reclaimed material.

Course outcomes

By the end of this course you will have:

  • knowledge of general safety in the workshop
  • understanding of second-hand timber
  • knowledge of good woodworking practices
  • understanding of correct marking out and how to work accurately to a plan
  • hands-on experience and guidance with drill, driver, jigsaw, handsaw and circular saw
  • a storage crate to take home

Ideal for

  • Those with no knowledge or experience with woodwork

Course content

  • Introduction
  • Safety and Housekeeping
  • Project outline
  • Properties of timber
  • Introduction to saws and sawing technique
  • Measure, mark, and cut post to length
  • Introduction to glue
  • Intro to nails and hammers
  • Nail and glue rails of crate
  • Intro to drills and drivers
  • Glue and screw base of crate
  • Intro to jigsaw
  • Create handles for crate

Venue and getting there

The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre Workshop
107 Redfern Street, Redfern, NSW 2016
(Entry via Turner Street (opposite of 23 Turner Street) from rear of building)

Entrance to the Bower workshop
The entrance to the Bower workshop is via Turner Street, which is at the rear of 107 Redfern Street and is opposite no.23. You will see a hand-painted sign “The Bower Woodworks”. If the door is locked, please press the doorbell on the left-hand side of the garage door.

Public transport
Public transport is the best way to get to the workshop space. The space is located close to Redfern Train Station, a local transport hub.

Most nearby parking is 2-hour-timed (including some paid parking on Redfern St) though it clicks over to untimed at 8pm. Untimed parking is available on Pitt St between Phillip and Wellington St. Turn right from Turner St and head down Pitt St two blocks, untimed parking is on your right.

Please bring

  • Any drills or tools from home you would like to use

Your own COVID-19 PPE kit comprising of

  • a pharmaceutical mask
  • glasses or googles
  • earmuffs or earplugs

Please note, in case you don’t have the time to buy it you can purchase a kit from the Bower for $20.

Other information

  • Please don’t wear your best clothing
  • If you have long hair, please tie it back
  • Wear closed-in shoes, no heels please
  • Please do not wear jewellery


Introduction to Carpentry

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$175 Limited inc GST / $140 / $157.50

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Course testimonials:

  • said: Tutor was great! And class was informative. Would love to have more courses similar to teach other basic carpentry courses/ follow on from this to learn more. Would also be very interested to have classes in home DIY renovations (such as basic building stuff like changing a door etc)

  • said: Robbie was awesome, very patient and helpful with our classes lack of real skills when it came to working with timber making a simple tool box. The class has inspired and empowered me to try more projects.

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