Introduction to Woodwork: Hand Plane Chopping Board Course - Sydney Short Courses

Introduction to Woodwork: Hand Plane Chopping Board Course

What you'll learn

Learn how to use a hand plane to create your own cheese or chopping board with our DIY woodwork short courses in Sydney!

This is a great introduction to woodwork course for anyone who would like to be introduced to the joys of working with timber and in particular working with hand planes. Hand planes may seem a bit old-fashioned, but through this course, you will learn about their many uses and upkeep.

Across the day, you will learn about timber and metal hand planes, including assembling a plane from parts, preparing it for use, and planning a range of timbers. You will learn about the properties of timber, how best to work with reclaimed timber, accurate measuring and marking, and the safe and effective use of a variety of hand planes and other tools. You will discover the nourishment that comes from creating something tangible with your hands and working with ethically sourced materials.

By the end of the day, you will have a strong understanding of hand planes’ use and care, practiced hand planning skills, as well as a small hand-finished cheese/chopping board to take home.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this introduction to woodwork course, you should be able to:

  • Appreciate the value of second-hand timber
  • Understand the structural properties of timber
  • Safely and effectively use a variety of traditional hand tools
  • Understand woodworking terminology
  • Use a range of hand planes and square and straighten a range of timbers
  • Make your own reclaimed timber cheese/chopping board
  • Understand different woodworking finishes
  • Have the confidence to start your own projects at home

Course content

What will be covered in this introduction to woodwork course?

  • Knowledge of general safety in the workshop
  • Timber selection and an understanding of second-hand timber
  • Grain direction and strength and weaknesses
  • Timber and metal hand plane design, construction, assembly, and care
  • Use of various woodworking marking tools and equipment
  • Finishing woodworking projects

Intended audience

Who is this introduction to woodwork course for?

This course is for those with little to no experience with woodwork, looking for an introduction to the craft. Please note that there is an element of physicality involved and most of the work is carried out standing up - we aim to make courses as inclusive and accessible as possible, so people living with a disability should notify SCC so that the appropriate accommodations can be made.

Course venue

Among The Trees Workshop

27 Sydney Street, Marrickville NSW 2204

We encourage students to utilize the numerous public transport options nearby or ride their bicycle to Among the Trees, there is a bike rack on site. Street parking is limited during the day and onsite parking is off-limits for course participants during business hours (Wed-Sat 10am-4pm). Please contact Among the Trees directly if you have access concerns or requirements, there is an accessible parking spot available that we can reserve if requested. Outside business hours there are 3 onsite parking spots available.

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."

Course materials

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
  • Timber and metal hand planes
  • 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.
  • Please wear clothing that can get dirty (e.g. sawdust will be present).
  • 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.

Additional information

Please note the following:

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

A 30-minute lunch break will take place halfway through all-day classes. Students are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Alternatively, there are cafes and takeaway restaurants nearby.

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Among The Trees is Sydney's one-stop reclaimed timber spot, running workshops and artist studios as well as their timber shop. They can’t get enough of reclaimed and recycled timber, and believe...

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