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Learn how to build your own planter box in this Woodwork class in Sydney.

In this workshop you will design and create your own planter box with The Bower while gaining the knowledge and hands-on experience to construct a planter box from reclaimed timbers.

Whether for inside or outside use, planter boxes add beauty to any place as well as many health benefits. With the right planter box, you are perfectly equipped for growing your own plants, herbs, fruit & vegetables or flowers.

Discuss your ideas and needs with your tutor and make a planter box that fits your needs.

Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximal learning experience.


By the end of the course the you will have

  • learned how to use woodworking tools safely;
  • learned to read a basic plan drawing;
  • learned the carpentry terminology;
  • made a planter box (The foot print of each box will be 35cm x 65 cm) The height and whether you want it with legs depend on your needs

Ideal for…

Those with no knowledge or experience with woodwork.

Course content

  • Knowledge of general safety in the workshop
  • Understanding of second hand timber
  • Knowledge of good woodworking for indoors, gardens and the outdoors
  • Understanding of how to work accurately to a plan
  • Skill with saws, hammer, and drills

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.


The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre Workshop
107 Redfern Street, Redfern
(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 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 5:30pm.

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 8pm, a good option if you can find a park there before 6pm.
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.

Other Information

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

15% Earlybird Discount available on 2021 classes for this course.

Simply enrol before 31 December 2020 using the discount code EARLYBIRD21 at the payments page. (Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other concessions or discounts.)


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$299 Limited inc GST / $239.20 / $269.10

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Course testimonials:

  • said: Coming away with a finished planterbox felt good. Luke, the instructor was excellent, patient, knowledgeable and generous with his skills and time.

  • said: The tutor was very clear, patient and knowledgable. Very encouraging and raised my confidence in doing other woodwork classes. This was my very first woodwork project, first time to use the tools and first time to build something usable. Luke, the Tutor - also gave us insight about recycling and sustainability. He gave equal attention to every student. He ensure everyone was confortable and above all safe. I retained a lot of the things he taught us. Great course, due to the great Tutor. Luke made it look easy but I know how much hard work he has put in to ensure our class enjoyed and easiy coped. Woodwork was hard workout and thank goodness for great teacher.

  • said: Making the planter box looked tedious on day 1, but with a tutor like Luke this turned our to be a good learning experience and at the end our course we all had a finished planter box along with some basic understanding of tools as a take home.

  • said: I loved learning how to use new tools and gaining insider knowledge on better use of tools I already own.