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Our 8 week program where you'll learn how to take a piece of timber and turn it into something beautiful & practical.

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Adelaide School of Woodwork

Introduction to woodwork Level 1

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This is the first of three tiers of introduction workshops (2 and 3 launching soon). We would recommend this workshop if you have limited or no knowledge of working with wood and would like to build some of the essential skills required to create things like furniture. 

Over eight, 3-hour workshops you'll gain an understanding of the tools we use in woodwork and how to look after them. We'll cover the important parts such as sharpening your chisels and plane blades for peak performance, How to prepare timber by hand and using powered machinery, basic joints in wood, assembly and finishing.

During this series of classes we'll build a simple tea box. This is a great opportunity to try box making, work with cutting mitre joints and adding decorative reinforcement. Learning how to manage a successful project glue-up, install brass hinges and more.

You'll cut cross halving joints for the dividers of the tea box and install a glass panel in the box lid.

The fee for this class is $849 and includes required materials, workshop access and instruction. 

Course Content:

  • Tools used in woodwork - a thorough look at both machine and hand tools used in the construction process. Operating them safely and practically and how to get the most from them. 
  • Material Preparation
  • Basic construction methods in furniture marking
  • Accurate marking out and how to do basic drawings
  • Joinery- try your hand at various joinery methods, both old and new age
  • How it all comes together during the assembly process
  • Surface preparation prior to applying a finish
  • How to apply a finish (a look at various finishes and their suitability)

Please note the minimum attendance age for this class is 18yrs.

Important Information about this class below

What to bring:

- You will be provided with the required PPE but you are welcome to bring your own should you have hygiene concerns.

Your health is important to us so bring a water bottle and make use of our filtered water to keep it topped up during class.

We have complimentary coffee available onsite.

What to wear

- Your safety is paramount. When attending a class where power tools will be used, please wear comfortable but not loose fitting clothing.

- Please remove jewellery prior to using specific power tools.

- If you have long hair, please ensure it is safely tied up.

- Enclosed shoes are a condition of entry to our workshop, this is not negotiable and you may be asked to leave.

Class Cancellation Policy

As our introduction class is a series of workshops, if you happen to miss a session for whatever reason, we'll make our best efforts to accomodate your learning in extra workshop time.

Please refer to our cancellation policy page for full information.


What is your cancellation Policy?

Please refer to our cancellation policy page for full information. As our introduction class is a series of workshops, if you happen to miss a session for whatever reason, we'll make our best efforts to accomodate your learning in extra workshop time.

What skill level is this workshop suited to?

This series of classes are designed to accomodate those who have a little bit of experience working with timber as-well as those who have absolutely none. There is no assumed knowledge and we'll do our best to tailor the things we learn along the way to your needs and set you up for success.

What Age do I need to be to attend this workshop?

In certain circumstances and classes we are able to lower the minimum age depending on the inherent dangers of that class. Generally, unless it is listed as a kids workshop, the minimum attendance age is 18.

This workshop is an adult environment, thus the Introduction class is an adult-only workshop.

Why attend a class when I have access to youtube for free?

This isn't a question that comes up heaps but it's a good one to address.

Primarily, In-person workshops provide the opportunity for you to be coached on your technique as you learn which is the best way to do it.

In addition, our weekly classes provide an opportunity for you to connect with others who have the same interests as you. By the end of the program, we're just one big family of woodworkers!


Leave a message with us via our contact page and we'll get back to you via email.

If you're enquiry is urgent, please give us a call and leave a voicemail, we'll get back to you asap.

Is there complimentary coffee?

Hells yes! Woodworking & Coffee is a happy marriage.

If you don't drink coffee, we've got hot chocolate too, because you only deserve the best right?

Do I need my own tools?

If you have some hand tools that you'd like more experience with, feel free to bring them along and use them during class. We do however provide everything you need in our classes unless specified otherwise.

For added hygiene it's recommend that you bring your own PPE.