Woodwork - Stool Workshop

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

This is a DIY workshop demonstrating basic traditional chair making and timber shaping knowledge and skill. Participants will use second hand materials to make a small stakes leg stool using traditional tools and methods.

Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximal learning experience.

Ideal for…

This course is designed 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
Learning 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 tolls;
  • insight of joinery strength in staked chair construction;
  • skills with spoke shaves, hand planes, brace and bit, and drills; and
  • a small stool or bench you can take home

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.


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


Woodwork - Stool Workshop

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$299 Limited GST free / $239.20 / $269.10

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  • said: 5 Stars!

  • 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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