Splinter Workshop

Woodwork Classes in Sydney

Short Courses

Short courses are held throughout the year and are typically based on a particular technique or project. They  focus on the use of hand tools and the development of hand skills and they are suitable for beginner and intermediate level woodworkers.  All tools, materials and safety equipment are supplied.  Hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

To enquire about any of these courses or to secure a place:

  •  Phone Paul on 0430 032 767
  •  Email Paul


Enrolments are now being taken for the following courses:


Planes, Planes and Spokeshaves

The project for this course is a bread board and the focus is on the use of a variety of handplanes, spokeshaves and rasps.  You will learn how to flatten and straighten timber accurately, how to join boards together to make a wider board and how to form curves using shaping tools.  There will be a detailed discussion about how planes work, the components of a plane, adjustment, tuning and maintenance.  We will also talk about grain direction and the structure of wood and how this effects plane performance.  


  • 2018     January 19, 20, 21                    (Fri, Sat, Sun)                Cost: $825
  • 2018     July 18, 19, 20                          (Wed, Thurs, Fri)           Cost: $770


Fancy a Joint

There is no specific project for this course. Instead you will be making a series of joints commonly used in cabinetry and box making.  The techniques covered include dovetail, halving, mortise and tenon, box mitre, frame mitre, pinned rebate and edge joints. All of these joints will be made entirely with hand tools.


  • 2018      February 4, 11, 18                     (3 Sundays)                  Cost:  $825
  • 2018      September 9, 16, 23                  (3 Sundays)                  Cost:  $825

A Slice of Woodwork

The project for this course is a serving tray with pinned mitre joints,  a floating panel base and hand made handles. Techniques covered include marking out, planing edge joints, mitres, grooves, rebates and bevels, drilling, assembly, sanding and finishing.


  • 2018     May 20, 27, June 3                        (3 Sundays)                   Cost:  $825
  • 2018     October 28, November 4, 11          (3 Sundays)                   Cost:  $825