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Learn how to build your own DIY planter box in this DIY woodwork course 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 a maximal learning experience.

Learning outcomes

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

  • use woodworking tools safely
  • read a basic plan drawing
  • understand carpentry terminology
  • construct a planter box (The footprint of each box will be 35cm × 65 cm). The height and whether you want it with legs depends on your needs.

What will be covered in this woodwork course?

  • 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

Who is this woodwork course for?

Those with no knowledge or experience with woodwork.

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.

What to bring to class

Please bring the following PPE:

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

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

Course venue: Redfern

The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre (Redfern)

107 Redfern St, Redfern NSW 2016 (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 for two blocks, untimed parking is on your right.

Additional information

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

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for DIY Planter Box Woodwork Course

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for DIY Planter Box Woodwork Course

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Course testimonials:

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

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

  • said: Practical, hands-on learning

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