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Learn how to build your own wood stool in this Woodwork class in Sydney.

Have you wanted to get into the woodwork, but you’re not sure how? Join this class to learn basic traditional chair making and timber shaping skills. In this course, you will be using second-hand materials to make a small stakes leg stool using traditional tools and methods.

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, you will have

  • an understanding of working with wood and wood grain;
  • knowledge of traditional stakes leg construction;
  • learned how to shape timber with hand tools;
  • insight of joinery strength in staked chair construction;
  • skills with spokeshaves, hand planes, brace and bit, and drills; and
  • a small stool or bench you can take home

Ideal for

Those with no knowledge or experience with woodwork.

Course content

  • Knowledge of general safety in the workshop
  • Understanding of second-hand timber
  • Basics of staked furniture
  • Grain direction and strength
  • Project outline and assembly
  • Use of varies woodworking tools and equipment
  • Sanding, finishing, and coating

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 note, it is a hand tool course and no power tools are used.

Please bring to class

Your own COVID-19 PPE kit comprising of:

  • a pharmaceutical mask
  • glasses or goggles
  • 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 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.

Other Information

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


Woodwork: Stool Workshop

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$299 Limited GST free / $239.20 / $269.10
Woodwork: Stool Workshop

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$299 Limited GST free / $239.20 / $269.10

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Course testimonials:

  • said: The instructor was laid back and no pressure. Really nice atmosphere for learning something new. The only negative was it was really hard to find the entrance...

  • said: Very nice tutors

  • said: it was very hands on and suited my absolute beginner status. I thought the tutor was terrific and was very happy to be making a stool which I love. I wouldn't have minded a bt of extra time - maybe 3 Sundays for slightly shorter hours on each day?

  • said: 5 Stars!

  • said: Robbie was knowledgeable, approachable and worked well with the group. We all managed to create, wtihin a tight timeframe, pieces which we were really happy with. For me a great intro and will be signing up for more. Thank you