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What previous experience do I need?

You don't need any previous experience to get started.

This project was designed to guide our participants through a journey of learning woodworking. Each step of the project involves traditional woodworking techniques and you’ll be able to develop some hands on feel for traditional woodworking.

You’ll gain an overall feel for the making experience and the traditional woodworking ecosystem while being exposed to the relaxing effects of working with your hands.


Do I need access to a workshop?

This project is meant to be complete with hand tools only. You don’t need access to a professional workshop.

However, you’ll have to find a surface in which you can work with. We highly recommend using a sacrificial board made of scrap timber. By doing this, you wont risk damaging anything beyond the scrap board!

Working with your hands is extremely cathartic and is the perfect pretext for your to have some “me time”. We recommend that you find a space in which you can focus on your craft and work uninterruptedly.


What is included in the kit?

  • 1 x Table Top (2 halves) in Tasmanian Oak
  • 4 x Legs in Tasmanian Oak
  • 2 x Rails in Tasmanian Oak
  • 1 x Leg Profile Jigs
  • 1 x Sanding Block
  • 2 x Biscuits
  • 2 x Clamping blocks
  • 1 x Mortise and Tenon Jig
  • 180 & 240 Grit sandpaper
  • Wax Finish
  • Instructions
  • 4 x Countersunk screws
  • PVA Glue

Does this kit come with the tools?

The tools are not included in the Maker Kit.

We truly believe that woodworking is a life-long journey and getting a good set of tools is as fundamental as getting your basics right!

Some of our makers already have access to a local shed, or might have some tools at home. Nonetheless, we've curated a bundle of Hand Tools Kit and Marking Kit to help beginners get started - You can find them available here at our online store.

We don’t sell clamps - They are very affordable and can be found at any hardware store.

We suggest going with these:


Which tools do you need to complete the project?

  • 9mm Bevel Chisel
  • Japanese Tenon Saw
  • Timber Mallet
  • Block Plane
  • Marking Knife
  • Ruler & Straight Edge
  • Combination Square
  • Pencil
  • Cloth

Do I need any machines or power tools?

This project focus 100% on using only hand tools.

All of the required machinery is done previously at our workshop. We use our woodworking workshop to individually plane, thicken and square all of the parts that we send over to you.

 

What type of Timber was used in the kits?

We work with a local mill to source certified Tasmanian oak, and we go through all of the heavy machinery in our workshop.

Working with solid timber is a complex and intricate process, that's why we process all the timber to flat it out, square it all, and get it ready to be manipulated with hand tools only.


What will I learn with this project?

This project was designed to guide our participants through a journey of learning woodworking. Each step of the project involves traditional woodworking techniques such as:

  • Measuring and Marking for traditional woodworking
  • Using a traditional Japanese pull saw
  • Using a chisel
  • Making a mortise and tenon joint from scratch
  • Making a lap joint from scratch
  • Using a hand plane to make a leg profile
  • How to laminate solid timber
  • Glue-ups best practices and how to properly use clamps
  • Assembling and finishing the piece

Do I have any support while working on this project?

Absolutely!

As you start your Maker Kit you’ll get access to our digital platform, in which you can:

  • Meet other makers
  • Ask us questions
  • Join live interactive sessions

 

What if I have questions?

By joining our digital platform you’ll be able to communicate with our team and other makers working on the same project.

Our team will be hosting live-streamed sessions in order to check your continuous progress. During these sessions you’ll be able to ask questions that will passed over to our in-house technicians and we’ll make on-demand videos available.

You can also ask questions directly to the community, or check previously asked questions to see if you can find the answer to what you’re looking for.

 

What if I make a mistake and damage some of my components?

All the components can be purchased separately.

If you ruin a component, send us an e-mail on hello@fab9.com.au to order a replacement.

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