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Woodworking is a timeless tradition. For many of us, our connection to the craft spans back to school, work, or a loved one. Stuck in our busy lives, many of us have lost touch with the appreciation for creating things with our own hands.

Our Make It woodworking classes aim to change this. No skills, experience or tools are required. Those who already have woodworking experience will have the opportunity to refine their skills and understanding and are also welcome to attend. Simply come as you are and take away as much as you can.

Come into Carbatec in June and;

  • Be inspired
  • Learn new skills or refine existing skills
  • Have fun!
  • Meet other like-minded individuals
  • Share your passion
  • Get the most out of woodworking!

Enjoy free demonstrations across most of our stores covering woodturning techniques, Sawstop demonstrations, finishing techniques and supplies, sharpening techniques and products and more!

Learn about the latest tools and machines from our resident woodworking experts!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - Organoil Finishes – Free Event
Organoil Finishes

Carbatec Brisbane
128 Ingleston Rd, Wakerley QLD 4154

9:30am – 12:30pm

Ernie from Organoil will be demonstrating the application and benefits of Organoil finishes, going through the application step by step on multiple pieces throughout the session.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - Table Saw Skills with Ben
Table Saw Skills with Ben

Carbatec Melbourne
80-82 Osborne Ave Springvale Victoria 3171

10:00am - 11:30am

Carbatec resident woodworker Ben is running a Table Saw Skills Class!

In this session Ben will cover:

  • Cove cutting
  • Compound angles
  • Setting up table saw
  • Recycle pallet wood
  • Tear out free cuts

Cost: Free

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - SawStop demonstration – Free Event
SawStop demonstration

Carbatec Sydney
113 Station Rd, Auburn NSW 2144

10:00am - 12:00pm

Join Mark Thomas, Carbatec’s resident Woodworker, as he talks through and demonstrates the SawStop technology replicating a finger save with a fresh sausage!

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - Introduction to Spindle Turning - Beginners Class – Free Event
Introduction to Spindle Turning - Beginners Class

Carbatec Brisbane
128 Ingleston Rd, Wakerley QLD 4154

9:30am – 12:30pm

Join Gary, Carbatec’s resident Award Winning Woodturner, for an Introduction to Spindle Turning - Beginners Class. In this class, Gary will show you how to turn wooden fruits including pears and apples!

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - Box Making for Beginners Demonstration – Free Event
Box Making for Beginners Demonstration

Carbatec Sydney
113 Station Rd, Auburn NSW 2144

10:00am - 12:00pm

Join Mark Swithenbank as he demonstrates how to make a beautiful box. In this demonstration, Mark will help with deciding how to choose your design, selecting the right timber, demonstrate techniques to create a beautiful box and simple finishing techniques using hard wax oil, burnishing and even Shellac!

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - Furniture Restoration and Refinishing Workshop – Free Event
Furniture Restoration and Refinishing Workshop

Carbatec Brisbane
128 Ingleston Rd, Wakerley QLD 4154

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Join Don, Carbatec’s resident furniture restorer and preserver, as he shares practical skills and knowledge on refinishing furniture for restoration or preservation!

Workshop overview: To finish or refinish, how to prepare your project, dealing with specific issues such as water marks, cup stains and heat marks, a guide to brushes and brushing, adding colour to wood with stains, and more!

As a restorer and preserver of beautiful furniture, Don Jones often sees the results of years of neglect or misplaced good intentions on caring for wooden furniture of all ages. Whether you are caring for a 100-year-old antique, a new purchase or something you have created yourself, Don shares some insight into caring for your furniture.

Call (07) 3390 5888 to RSVP – class sizes are capped to up to 6 participants per session.

Participants can provide a small item of furniture to complete the practical aspects of the workshop, however this is not mandatory. Examples can be provided for participant use if necessary.

Friday, June 18, 2021 - Woodturning a lidded Box - Free Event
Woodturning a lidded Box

Carbatec Brisbane
128 Ingleston Rd, Wakerley QLD 4154

9:30am – 12:30pm

Join Allan, Carbatec’s resident Award Winning Woodturner, as he shares his process of constructing a lidded box. This session will show techniques in design, rough turning the blank, separation of the lid, hollowing the inside, forming the lid fitment and finishing.

Friday, June 18, 2021 - Woodturning a Bowl with Embellishment – Free Event
Woodturning a Bowl with Embellishment

Carbatec Brisbane
128 Ingleston Rd, Wakerley QLD 4154

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Join Allan, Carbatec’s resident Award Winning Woodturner, as he shares his process of turning a basic shaped bowl, then discussing/demonstrating different embellishment opportunities.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 - Whittle Waxes Finishes – Free Event
Whittle Waxes Finishes

Carbatec Wakerley
128 Ingleston Rd, Wakerley Qld 4154

9:30am – 12:30pm

Giles from Whittle Waxes will be demonstrating the application and benefits of his finishes, going through the application step by step on multiple pieces through the session.

Thursday, June 24, 2021 - Introduction to Mashrabiya - Intermediate to Advanced Class – Free Event
Introduction to Mashrabiya - Intermediate to Advanced Class

Carbatec Brisbane
128 Ingleston Rd, Wakerley QLD 4154

9:30am – 12:30pm

Join Gary, Carbatec’s resident Award Winning Woodturner, for an Introduction to Mashrabiya - Intermediate to Advanced Class.

Thursday, June 24, 2021 - Pen Turning Demonstration – Free Event
Pen Turning Demonstration

Carbatec Sydney
113 Station Rd, Auburn NSW 2144

10:00am - 12:00pm

Join Graham Sugar, Carbatec’s resident woodturner, as he demonstrates how he turns a pen. In this demonstration, Graham will cover lathe safety, timber selection, drilling, gluing, milling, turning, finishing using different finishers and the assembly of the completed pen!

Friday, June 25, 2021 - Tormek Sharpening System Demonstrations – Free Event
Tormek Sharpening System Demonstrations

Carbatec Brisbane
128 Ingleston Rd, Wakerley QLD 4154

9:30am – 12:30pm

Michael from Promac will be demonstrating the benefits of using the Tormek T8 system to sharpen your woodworking and woodturning tools, as well as knives, axes and more!

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 - Hand-Made Tools with Bruce
Hand-Made Tools with Bruce

Carbatec Melbourne
80-82 Osborne Ave Springvale Victoria 3171

10:00am - 11:30am

Carbatec resident woodworker Bruce is running a Hand-Made Tools Class!

Woodworkers have a long tradition of making their own tools.

We will explore lots of solutions for holding work for lots of different purposes.

Home made sash clamps, panel clamps and even cutting tools.

The first attendees to arrive will receive the pieces to make their own marking gauge.

Cost: Free

Thursday, July 15, 2021 - Fettling hand planes with Mike
Fettling hand planes with Mike

Carbatec Melbourne
80-82 Osborne Ave Springvale Victoria 3171

10:00am - 11:30am

Carbatec resident woodworker Mike is running a Fettling hand planes Class!

Mike will look at the functional working surfaces of a hand plane and discuss optimum performance with the best way to set the frog chip breaker.

We will explore lots of solutions for holding work for lots of different purposes.

Cost: Free

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - Dovetail and Finger Joints with Bruce
Dovetail and FInger Joints with Bruce

Carbatec Melbourne
80-82 Osborne Ave Springvale Victoria 3171

10:00am - 11:30am

Carbatec resident woodworker Bruce is running a Dovetail and Finger Joints Class!

Expect to see dovetail joints from a Carbatec jig and different varieties of Leigh jigs.

There will also be some home-made jigs too.

Cost: Free