Woodwork for Beginners

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Learn Woodwork for Beginners with our 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 maximal learning experience.

Course outcomes

By the end of the course, the student 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, students are welcome to bring their own tools – old and new – and learn how to use and maintain them.

Please bring to class

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.

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 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) carpark.

Other Information

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

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Course testimonials:

  • said: The instructor gave very clear instructions. He's friendly and well prepared. The lessons were easy to understand and follow. The product was great and useful. Very happy with this course!

  • said: The beginners woodwork course was really good. The tutor Luke was great, very knowledgeable and encouraging. My only criticism is the lighting could be a little better in the workshop. It’s not unsafe but for finer work it lacks brightness.

  • said: Luke is a wonderful teach, he makes it fun and laid back.

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