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Learn Woodwork for Beginners with our DIY Woodwork Courses in Sydney.

If you're wanting to start learning woodwork, and you don't know where to start, this is the course for you. This Woodwork course provides the foundations for woodwork projects with a Re-DIY focus - the reuse of timber to create a functional toolbox. 

You will learn how to work with hand and power tools, selecting timbers, measuring and planning for projects, and different finishing techniques for timber. This course will give you an understanding of carpentry terminology and techniques so that you can take your own projects with confidence.

Class sizes are kept small to ensure a maximal learning experience. Please ensure you will be able to attend all sessions of the course. If you miss one or more sessions, it will become quite difficult to catch up and learn the skills safely.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course, the you will have

  • learned how to use woodworking tools safely;
  • learned to identify and use selected electric machines safely;
  • learned the carpentry terminology;
  • learned woodworking techniques and practices;
  • gained skills in planning, reading plans, and developing a cutting list;
  • made a functional toolbox.

Ideal for

This course is suitable for beginners with no prior experience.

Course content

  • Practice safety in the workshop
  • Identify and use woodworking tools
  • Identify and use selected electric machines
  • Understand basic information on timber properties and types
  • Selecting and preparing reclaimed timber
  • Understand joining techniques
  • Measuring and working to a plan
  • Different finishing techniques for timber and ongoing maintenance

Materials provided

All tools and materials are provided, however, you are welcome to bring your own tools - old and new - and learn how to use and maintain them.

Please bring to class

Please bring the following PPE:

  • a face mask
  • safety glasses or googles
  • earmuffs or earplugs

The Bower has PPE sanitised and available to borrow. Students must sanitise before and after use.

Venue: Redfern

The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre Workshop
107 Redfern Street, Redfern
(Entry via Turner Street (opposite of 23 Turner Street) from the 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 almost opposite no. 25. You should find there a hand-painted sign "The Bower Woodworks". If you do find the door locked, please do not hesitate to press the doorbell on the left-hand side of the garage door. Please note, the doors for the venue will be open from 5:30 pm.

Transportation and Parking
Public transport would be the easiest way to get to the workshop space. The space is located very close to Redfern Train Station, a local transport hub.
The majority of the parking is 2-hour-timed (including some paid parking on Redfern St) though it clicks over to untimed at 8 pm, a good option if you can find a park there before 6 pm.
The untimed parking is available on Pitt St between Phillip and Wellington St. Turn right from Turner St and head down Pitt St two block, untimed parking is on your right.

Venue: Parramatta

1/10 Hunter Street
Parramatta 2150

Transportation and Parking
The Bower Parramatta is located 750m from the Parramatta train station. The Route 900 / free shuttle bus stops nearby at the corner of Macquarie & O’Connell Street.
There is paid parking directly above The Bower in the Hunter Street (Justice Precinct) car park.

Other Information

  • Please don't wear your best clothing
  • If you have long hair, please tie it back
  • Wear closed-in shoes

Classes

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$399 Limited inc GST / $299 / $319.20 / $359.10
Venue: Parramatta. Please enrol at least 2 working days before the start date so we can prepare for the correct class size. For ages 18+
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$399 Limited inc GST / $299 / $319.20 / $359.10
Venue: Redfern. Please enrol at least 2 working days before the start date so we can prepare for the correct class size. For ages 18+
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$399 Limited inc GST / $299 / $319.20 / $359.10
Venue: Parramatta. Please enrol at least 2 working days before the start date so we can prepare for the correct class size. For ages 18+
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$399 Limited inc GST / $299 / $319.20 / $359.10
Venue: Redfern. Please enrol at least 2 working days before the start date so we can prepare for the correct class size. For ages 18+
Woodwork Course for Beginners

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$399 Limited inc GST / $299 / $319.20 / $359.10
Venue: Redfern. Please enrol at least 2 working days before the start date so we can prepare for the correct class size. For ages 18+

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Course testimonials:

  • said: I really appreciate that our tutor Luke has been trying to get us familiar with all sorts of woodworking tools even though some of them are not being used in this course. This has been a fantastic learning experience and I've learned a lot!

  • said: Luke is a brilliant tutor: his explanations are always clear and systematic; he is always patient and supportive; and importantly, he has worked out his gender politics – he does not favour the male students in the class or condescend to the women as many male tutors do. This makes a huge difference to the atmosphere of the class and the sense of inclusivity and access.

  • said: 5 Stars

  • said: We haven't yet finished the course (due to covid19) but I loved this course! Luke was a fabulous instructor, patient, good humoured, clear in his instructions and demonstration. Its a fantastic space and the values behind the organisation and teaching of basic skills - to be sustainable, to recycle and reuse - all added to the spirit of the course. Can't wait to get back and finish my toolbox and move on to the next level!

  • said: I felt it could have been a bit more clear at some points, having a workbook could have done things easier as you could have somewhere to refer to in case you want to recreate the project. I really liked Luke the instructor we had in the first session.

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