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Beginner Woodwork for City Living

Course Overview

Join our NEW Workshop!

Making a box is the fundamental woodworker's project. A basic box can be small and simple like a keepsake box, a tissue box, a breadbox, or it can be a cabinet, a coffee table, a set of shelves...

In this workshop, you take some pre-machined pieces of timber, cut them to size by hand, create traditional rebated joints, fit the base and fit the lid. You use basic hand tools that you can buy at any hardware store, and use for many future projects. Nothing noisy or dangerous. In the process you learn how to choose the right timber, how to cut, plane, and sand for the best results, and how to make and apply wonderful, traditional, eco-friendly finishes. You go home with a personalised wooden box that you can use, or give as a gift for a loved one. You also go home with the confidence to take what you learn to the next level !


We will be using a hand saw, a mallet and chisel, some clamps, and traditional shellac. These will be supplied, but if you have your own tools, feel free to bring them.

You could wear old clothes, or bring an apron, because things could get messy.



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David Searson

About the tutor

David Searson

David lives in St Leonards, is an active member of the Woodworkers Association of NSW, and has a small work space in Artarmon.

Living in a Sydney apartment himself, David will be focused on teaching people how to use basic tools, understand timber that's readily available locally, and how to cut, carve, sand, polish, and use tradtional finishes to create beautiful and lasting peices that you'll be proud to show to friends and family. 

David makes pieces of all sorts - his food-related items like cutting boards, spatulas, baker's tools etc are on sale at the Northside Produce Markets. Over many decades, he has also made things like a spinning wheel, several tables, various boxes, kitchen cupboards, book-binders tools, carved spoons, a Norwegian Fiddle, and he does the occasional restoration of antiques.


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(02) 9922 2299
Monday to Friday - 10:00am to 6:00pm
220 Miller St, North Sydney - Back of Ted Mack Civic Park