“a place to learn and be creative, to produce something beautiful and tangible, to learn patience, precision and process“

“the workshop provides me with a sanctuary away from home, a place to enjoy the company of like-minded people from all walks of life”

“I have developed a respect for working with wood and a deep appreciation of the time and effort required to produce a finished project“

“my Tutor’s wealth of knowledge was used extensively from the start of the design and timber selection right through to the choice of finish to use”

Melbourne School of Fine Woodworking

melbourne school of fine woodworking (msfw) is a not for profit woodworking club located at Box Hill in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

We provide ongoing daytime and evening tutor groups, specialist workshops and project based courses in fine furniture making for beginners through to experienced woodworkers.

Professional designers and furniture makers teach students in small classes with an emphasis on using hand tools and techniques. Our facilities include a workshop equipped with workbenches and hand tools for each student and a separate machine room.

We welcome applications from anyone wishing to broaden their skills and design and make furniture for their own enjoyment in a supportive environment. Previous woodworking skills are not necessary, but success in fine furniture making does require patience and attention to detail.

“I have developed a respect for working with wood and a deep appreciation of the time and effort required to produce a finished project.”


Tool Sharpening course – this Sunday 26 May 2019 – $160

This half-day workshop will help you develop a perfect sharpening technique.  It will cover the sharpening of chisels, planes, scrapers and spoke shaves and includes grinding, honing, setting and polishing.  Bring some of your own tools and be guided by our instructor to achieve that perfect cutting edge.

Be Quick – Only 3 spots left


Wood Finishing course – Sat/Sun 29/30 June 2019 – $250

This intensive two-part workshop is designed for woodworkers wanting to develop their understanding of finishing products and techniques. The course covers surface prep, product selection and application techniques through demonstration only. With a wealth of experience to call upon, your tutor will explain and compare the suitability of different finishes, including shellacs, oils, varnishes and waxes.

4 Vacancies


If you are interested, send Kym an email – info@msfw.org.au or call 9897 3055


Give the Gift of Woodworking

Give a Melbourne School of Fine Woodworking Gift Certificate to that special person in your life who is interested in woodworking.  To purchase a Gift Certificate please contact us.

2019 Short Courses

Please click here to view our list of courses currently scheduled and their vacancies

If the course you are interested in is not scheduled, please contact us now to register your interest – info@msfw.org.au.


Term 2 2019

22 April to 28 June

Please click here to view our current list of vacancies

If the Tutor Group you are interested in is full, please contact us to be waitlisted.

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