Splinter Workshop

Woodwork Classes in Sydney


Our classes focus on the development of hand skills and the proper use of hand tools. As much as possible, the frenetic scream of machines and power tools, and their associated risk, is replaced by the whisper of planes and hand saws, and all projects are designed with this in mind. We start with the fundamentals like planing a flat surface and sawing a straight line. Some things will take a little longer, but your reward will be a greater sense of achievement, and skills to be proud of.

Of course, it's not always practical to avoid machines and power tools entirely. If you plan to use machine processes in your woodwork we will teach you how to use them safely and effectively.

Our aim is to provide a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy your woodwork, work at your own pace and develop skills, techniques and knowledge that you can use in your home workshop.

We are always available for advice on what tools to buy and where to get them or, if you are into buying and restoring vintage tools, we can help you with that too.


Splinter Workshop is absolutely committed to providing a safe work environment for its members, students and visitors. Every student is taken through a safety induction at the first class and we are constantly developing our Safe Operating Procedures. All of our machines  are equipped with appropriate guards and are maintained to a professional standard. We develop all of our machining processes with a view to minimising risk of injury through the incorporation of specialised jigs, aids such as feather boards and push sticks, and custom made guards. Our table saw is a SAWSTOP. It incorporates technology that stops and retracts the blade in milliseconds if it comes in contact with flesh, preventing injury


Our workshop is a great venue for woodwork classes. It is located in the Inner West with access to free parking and is just a five minute walk from Sydenham railway station.

As well as a comprehensively equipped machine room we have an extensive and expanding array of high quality hand tools, all finely tuned. Many are hand made by Paul including dove tail saws, marking gauges, mallets, diagonal gauges, dovetail markers, grooving planes and others. Every student is provided with ample bench space and their own professional quality vise. There is also a large assembly table and storage space for student projects.

The workshop is equipped with a centralized, fully ducted, clean-air dust extraction system. This state-of-the-art system removes a much higher percentage of the finer, and more hazardous dust particles than conventional polyester felt bag type extractors.