Woodwork for Beginners

View Classes

Learn Woodwork for Beginners in Sydney.

This Woodwork course provides the foundations for woodwork projects with a Re-DIY focus – the reuse of timber to create a functional toolbox. You will learn how to work with hand and power tools, selecting timbers, measuring and planning for projects and different finishing techniques for timber. This course will give you the understanding of carpentry terminology and techniques so that you can take your own projects with confidence.

Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximal learning experience.

Ideal for…

This course is suitable for beginners with no prior experience.

Course content
  • Practice safety in the workshop
  • Identify and use woodworking tools
  • Identify and use selected electric machines
  • Understand basic information on timber properties and types
  • Selecting and preparing reclaimed timber
  • Understand joining techniques
  • Measuring and working to a plan
  • Different finishing techniques for timber and ongoing maintenance
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course the student will have:

  • learned how to use woodworking tools safely;
  • learned to identify and use selected electric machines safely;
  • learned the carpentry terminology;
  • learned woodworking techniques and practices;
  • gained skills in planning, reading plans and developing a cutting list;
  • made a functional toolbox.

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
  • Dust masks/respirators
  • Ear and eye protection (optional)
Venue – Redfern

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.

Venue – Parramatta

1/10 Hunter Street
Parramatta 2150

Transportation and Parking
The Bower Parramatta is located 750m from Parramatta train station. The Route 900 / free shuttle bus stops nearby at corner of Macquarie & O’Connell Street.
There is paid parking directly above The Bower in the Hunter Street (Justice Precinct) carpark.

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

Avoid disappointment. Enrol early.

Please ensure that you have given a valid email and mobile number as all course changes will be communicated via sms or email.

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

Course testimonials:

  • said: Shane was a great teacher. He created a relaxed, safe and fun work space and allowed everyone to have their turn on certain tools. His passion for what he does reflects in his teaching style as he's full of knowledge. The venue is great and you really only need to bring yourself. Coming from someone with ZERO experience in woodwork I thoroughly enjoyed this course and would recommend it to anyone.

  • said: Luke is an incredible instructor - very patient, clear instructions and always ensuring the techniques that we are learning is learned right and safe.

  • said: Luke, our instructor was very helpful and encouraging. Managing all class participants at their varying stages of progress. Yes, I would recommend the course.

Share this course