Class description

In this two-day class, you will learn how to construct a small step stool using hand cut dovetails and through wedged mortise and tenons.

We will learn the fundamentals of cutting dovetails and through wedged tenons efficiently using hand tools and some basic power tools.

We will develop skills which can be applied to a wide range of timber projects to improve the overall quality and appeal of your projects.

Students will learn about using hand saws, hand planes, chisels, drill press, and marking out tools.

Students will learn about dovetail geometry and grain consideration for joinery and aesthetic reasons.

Suitable for beginners with no experience up to intermediate students. Children 14+ are welcome to participate in this course.

Please note, we require a parent or guardian to be on the premises for the duration of the class if a minor is attending.


You’ll not only have crafted functional pieces of furniture, but also mastered the intricate art of dovetail joinery. With newfound skills in cutting, fitting, and assembling with precision, you’ll be well-equipped to tackle more advanced woodworking projects confidently.


PPE will be supplied however students wishing to bring their own should come with a face mask, safety glasses or goggles and earmuffs or earplugs.

Closed shoes are a mandatory requirement for all students.

Those with their own tools relevant to the class should bring them along to get better accustomed at using your own tools but we also supply all tools if you don’t have any.

We have a kitchen onsite with fridge and microwave for those that want to bring their own food, and there are also takeaway options within walking distance.

WORK SHOP location

12 Gerald Street, Marrickville NSW

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About Nicholas Elliott

Nick began his career in the timber industry by undertaking a cabinetmaking apprenticeship after developing a love for working with wood during high school. He went on to study Fine Furniture Design and Making at Sturt School for Wood. Now a high school Industrial Arts teacher, his aim is to share his knowledge and skills to help others find their passion for working with wood.
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