Class description

Discover the foundational skills of woodworking in our “Intro to Woodworking with Machines” course. Whether you’re a beginner or an enthusiast looking to enhance your craft, this class will guide you through the process of transforming rough sawn timber into finely crafted pieces. Over eight weeks, you’ll learn to use essential woodworking machines like the jointer, thicknesser, bandsaw, and table saw, completing four practical projects that showcase your new skills.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

  • Gain proficiency in using jointers, thicknessers, bandsaws, and table saws.
  • Learn to process rough sawn timber into square and flat pieces.
  • Develop skills in cutting curves, details, and mitred joinery.
  • Complete four projects: two cutting boards, a knife block, and a set of saw horses.
  • Build confidence and competence in foundational woodworking techniques.

Course Content and Structure

Our structured curriculum spans eight weeks of evening classes, held every Thursday from 6 PM to 9 PM. Each session combines hands-on practice with expert instruction, ensuring you master each technique before moving on to the next project.

Week 1-2: Cutting Board Project

  • Introduction to the jointer and thicknesser.
  • Techniques for squaring and flattening timber.
  • Creating a simple cutting board.

Week 3-4: Advanced Cutting Board Project

  • Introduction to the bandsaw.
  • Cutting curves and details.
  • Enhancing your cutting board with new techniques.

Week 5-6: Knife Block Project

  • Basic box construction using the table saw.
  • Mitred joinery techniques.
  • Creating a practical and stylish knife block.

Week 7-8: Saw Horses Project

  • Comprehensive use of all machines learned.
  • Introduction to a joinery system using slip tenons.
  • Building sturdy saw horses for your workshop.

Hands-On Experience

From the very first class, you’ll get hands-on experience with professional-grade woodworking machines. Each project is designed to build on the previous one, reinforcing your skills and increasing your comfort level with each tool. By the end of the course, you’ll have four completed projects to take home, each demonstrating your newfound abilities.

Take the Next Step

Join us for this transformative woodworking experience. Secure your spot in our “Intro to Woodworking with Machines” course today and start your journey towards mastering the craft. Classes begin on July 25th and run for eight consecutive Thursdays. Don’t miss out—enroll now and bring your woodworking dreams to life!


Armed with newfound knowledge and skills, you’ll be equipped to tackle more advanced projects with confidence. Additionally, you’ll become part of our vibrant maker community, where you can continue to grow and learn alongside fellow woodworking enthusiasts. Get ready to embark on a fulfilling journey of craftsmanship and creativity!


Your safety is paramount. While we provide personal protective equipment (PPE), students may choose to bring their own face mask, safety glasses or goggles, and earmuffs or earplugs.

Footwear should be closed-toed. Don’t fret if you don’t have tools; we’ve got you covered.

Our on-site kitchen is equipped for those who’d like to bring meals, and there are local eateries just a stroll away.

WORK SHOP location

12 Gerald Street, Marrickville NSW

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  • Tickets $990

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  • Your recipient chooses the class and date
  • Use on any of our classes at any location

About David Lim

David divides his time between making with wood and teaching at Wood Academy and Timberbits. David has made over 26,000 pens and thousands of boxes, which are sold through Wood Galleries around Australia and China. David believes in continuous lifelong learning and has spent many hours with different Master Makers from Australia and around the world. David's preference is to make smaller artifacts out of highly figured Australian timbers, which he mainly directly sources from Tasmania.
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