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Learn how to build your own wood stool with our DIY woodwork short courses 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.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this woodwork course, you should 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

What will be covered in this woodwork course?

  • 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 various woodworking tools and equipment
  • Sanding, finishing, and coating

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

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 two-block, untimed parking is on your right.

Course venue: Parramatta

The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre (Parramatta)

1/10 Hunter Street, Parramatta NSW 2150

Transportation and parking

The Bower Parramatta is located 750m from the 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) car park.

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 Woodwork: Stool Workshop

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join waitlist for Woodwork: Stool Workshop

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Course testimonials:

  • 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

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  • said: Tutor was knowledgeable, provided assistance, ensured safety was paramount, patient and explained. He was very helpful & definitely the right personality & ability for this course. If there’s an employee award, he should be nominated. I have rheumatoid arthritis & it was very challenging for me the second half of the second day & Robbie was wonderful helping me to finish. Would be good to add an extra hour or two onto the course. Having paid $300, I think is worth having the course go from 9am-4pm, is reasonable, even if only the second day. It was a rush for everyone to complete at the end & we went overtime as a result.

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  • 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...

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