Friday – Structured Fine Woodworking

Friday – Structured Fine Woodworking
  • This class is sold out for term 1 2018. Join our waiting list via the contcat page for term 2 enrolments.

    Friday January 12 2018 - Friday March 23 2018
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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    Each incoming student will be required to have the following hand tools and equipment at the start of their first term:

    • Bench plane #5 or #6
    • Set of good quality chisels (6,12,20 mm minimum)
    • Engineering Square – 100mm
    • Vernier Calipers
    • Marking Knife – violin makers or Japanese style
    • Covered shoes

    For more information on tools, view our post: Woodworking Tools – A Beginners Guide.


    This term long course is an introduction to woodworking, which gives students the fundamental grounding, accuracy in hand tool skills and methodologies needed for creating fine objects in wood.

    Students will undertake instructive projects with well-defined outcomes. The focus of these projects is to build important core skills that form the necessary groundwork for much more complex future projects. It must be emphasised that developing these skills requires considerable patience and a commitment to excellence.

    Students will be provided with all materials and consumables required for the completion of each project.

    Class numbers are limited to eight students, to ensure that each individual is given adequate time with the tutor addressing their specific ability and progress. Each student is provided with a bench to use and storage space for timber and or their developing products.

    Students are required to bring a set of their own tools (see list of Required Tools). Tuning and sharpening of all tools is thoroughly explained, as this is probably the most critical factor relating to the production of a finely crafted object. Students will be given advice on bringing second hand planes and chisels up to optimum performance levels.

    This is a term long course suitable for beginners to intermediate students, requiring attendance for 10 weeks, one day each week, from 9.00am to 4.00pm each day. Note:

    For more information visit: Structured Fine Woodworking – What To Expect

    General Admission $1570

    Annual Membership $5,650 (10% discount – 12 months or 4 consecutive terms. You can enrol at any term throughout the year.)


    Term 1 – An Introduction to Tools

    Learn how to look after your hand tools, set them up and apply them accurately to the construction of a range of wooden hand tools. Each small project in this component of our structured series, is a significant exercise in how to use the traditional hand tools correctly.


    • Select, use and maintain hand tools.
    • Methods in marking and measuring for accuracy.
    • Sharpening & maintaining an edge.


    Term 2 – An Introduction to Leg & Rail 

    In this component of our structured woodworking series, students build a ‘Shaker Night Stand’ that incorporates a traditional drawer, as an introduction to leg and rail construction and a foreword into the processes in cutting dovetail joints.


    • Understanding and working with timber movement.
    • Methods and joinery in leg and rail construction.
    • Methods in marking and measuring for accuracy.
    • Sharpening & maintaining an edge.


    Term 3 – An Introduction to Carcass Joinery 

    Furniture construction can be broken into two main categories: carcass and frame. In carcass construction, boards are joined end to end using dovetails, finger, mitre, tongue-and-groove joints etc. But it’s difficult sometimes to know which joint to use.

    In this component of our structured series of woodworking, students will be instructed in the methods of laying out and cutting a range of different box joints in the construction of small piece of furniture.


    • Work from technical plans and drawings.
    • Fundamentals of frame & panel construction.
    • Construct and assemble a carcass using box joints.
    • Sharpening & maintaining an edge.


    Term 4 – Joints & Curves

    Dealing with angled joinery and curved parts exposes you to another territory of woodworking. Learn a range of curving techniques that may include, steam bending, laminate bending or kerf bending and the subsequent methods in applying them to a furniture piece.

    Develop a range of hand skills in marking, measuring, cutting and fitting joinery, specifically focused on the construction of a chair, with strength and ergonomics as the chief focus.


    • Produce curves and shaped wooden components.
    • Construct a chair using a variety of methods of bending.
    • Sharpening & maintaining an edge.
    • Methods in marking and measuring for accuracy.


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