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Through the construction of a simple low saw bench you will be introduced to the basics of working with reclaimed wood and using simple hand tools. This course is great for people with little woodworking experience and those that have no access to a well appointed workshop.

The saw bench itself is designed as a mini workbench that can offer a variety of work holding and tool storage solutions for woodworking projects at home. When not in use it can be used as a regular seat and be stored out of the way under a table.

In conjunction with the timber and milling services offered at Among the Trees, this course and the bench produced will give students the skills, confidence and equipment needed to take on reclaimed woodworking projects of their own at home.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this Woodwork for Beginners course you will have:

  • an appreciation of the value of second-hand timber
  • an understanding of the structural properties of timber and timber joinery
  • the knowledge to safely and effectively use a variety of traditional hand tools and modern day power tools
  • an understanding of different woodworking glues and finishes
  • been introduced to woodworking terminology
  • used a number of woodworking devices and jigs
  • your own functional, handmade saw bench
  • the confidence to start your own projects at home

What will be covered in this Woodwork for Beginners course course?

  • Knowledge of general safety in the workshop
  • Timber selection and an understanding of second-hand timber
  • Grain direction and strength and weaknesses
  • Project outline and assembly
  • Use of various woodworking tools and equipment
  • Use woodworking fixings such as nails and screws
  • How to use woodworking glues
  • Sanding and finishing

Who is this Woodwork for Beginners course for?

  • This course is aimed at people with little to know experience with woodwork and are looking for an introduction into the craft.
  • It is open to anyone 18 years and over.
  • The course is run using predominantly hand tools so you need to be aware that there is an element of physicality involved and most of the work is carried out standing up.
  • We aim to make the courses as inclusive and accessible as possible, people living with a disability should notify SCC so that the appropriate accommodations can be made.
  • All Courses at Among the Tree have a strong focus on sustainable practices and would be attractive to people who share that interest.

Tools and Materials

This course will be taught using entirely second hand timber. You will be taught to use a variety of woodworking tools and materials including:

  • Reclaimed Timber, where to find it and how to use it.
  • Measuring and marking tools
  • A variety of different handsaws
  • Mallet and Chisels
  • Handplanes
  • Hammer and nails
  • Drills, drivers and screws
  • Woodworking glues
  • Clamps
  • Different timber finishes

All tools and materials to be provided by Among the Trees.

Requirements and Safety

  • You are encouraged to bring your own facemask, protective eyewear and ear protection however sanitised Personal Protective Equipment will be available to use. Any borrowed PPE needs to be sanitised after use.
  • You are required to wear closed toe shoes.
  • Aprons will be provided but please wear clothing that can get dirty (e.g. sawdust or glue).
  • Long hair needs to be tied back and no loose hanging jewellery should be worn.
  • For your own safety, facilitator instructions regarding the correct use of tools and equipment must be followed at all times.
  • Any people thought to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be able to take part in the workshop.

Course venue

Among The Trees

27 Sydney Street, Marrickville 2204

About Among The Trees

We can’t get enough of reclaimed and recycled timber, and we believe it should be accessible to everyday people. There’s nothing like working with wood, and to use and love a product that would otherwise have been sent to landfill or be burned off helps keep the story of that piece alive.

We want to show you how and why we love this material, and share with you how to work with it. We are Among The Trees, and we can’t wait to say hello. Please check us out at our website.

Transportation and parking

  • Among The Trees is a 7 minute walk from Sydenham Station. There are bus stops for the lines 418, 423, 425, 426 and 430 all 4-6 minutes walk from ATT.
  • There are 3 onsite parking spaces available and street parking on Sydney Street and surrounding area.
  • If you are riding your bicycle, there is space inside ATT for you to store your bike.

Additional information

Lunch

For Classes running all day, a 30 minute lunch break will take place halfway through the class. Students are encouraged to bring their own lunch, alternatively there are Cafe's and take away restaurants nearby.

Other Information

  • Please advise Among The Trees about
  1. your emergency contact (name, relationship and contact phone number), and
  2. any special requirements (e.g. wheelchair access) if applicable

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Woodwork Course for Beginners: Among The Trees

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Woodwork Course for Beginners: Among The Trees

<p>Learn basic woodworking skills with our <a href="https://www.sydneycommunitycollege.edu.au/courses/lifestyle/woodwork">DIY woodwork short courses</a> in Sydney!</p>

<p>Through the construction of a

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$449 Limited inc GST / $0 / $359.20 / $404.10

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