Tutor Groups

Tutor Groups

The Melbourne School of Fine Woodworking is a not-for-profit club established, owned and run for members by the members and club administration.

We offer weekly day and evening Tutor Groups where members design and make their own furniture under the guidance of a professional designer and furniture maker.

Joining a Tutor Group is a great way for a beginner to learn the basics of furniture making and for more experienced woodworkers to extend their skills. We have a maximum of 7 in each tutor group and each student works on their own project at their own pace.

We are committed to providing a stimulating environment where you can acquire the skills to design and make your own furniture. Our first emphasis is on the use of hand tools followed by thorough training in the safe use and effective operation of a range of woodworking machinery.

The first week or two you may find that you spend the time working out what you want to make, designing it, what timber to buy, etc. all with the aid of your tutor. If you are a beginner, your tutor will suggest you start on something small, such as a box or side table so that you learn the basic joinery techniques.


Bench Sessions

These are 4 hour non-teaching daytime sessions available to current Tutor Group members who have successfully completed two tutor group terms and machine instruction and have been Signed-Off. Each Tutor Group member is entitled to one ‘Bench Session’ per week.* These sessions are an ideal way to access the facilities to devote extra time towards completing your project and to meet other members to exchange ideas.

* Bench sessions may not be available when msfw workshops and short courses are scheduled.


Annual Membership Fee

Payment of the Annual Membership fee is a condition of continuing membership. Membership of the Club entitles all members, whether or not attending a tutor group, to:

  • attend Member nights organised by the Club;
  • attend some short courses organised by the Club at Member rates;
  • receive the Club’s newsletter and Club mail outs;
  • voting rights as set out in the Club’s constitution, and
  • the discounts negotiated for Club members with suppliers of various woodworking products.


Member Joining Fee (one-off fee) $110
Machine Maintenance Levy (one-off fee) $55
Tutor Group Fee  per term $685   (pro-rata based on 32 hrs)
Annual Membership Fee  (charged pro-rata) $30

All fees include GST and are subject to periodic review

# If we are unable to offer you a position in a particular weekly Tutor Group when you join msfw, we will place your name on the waiting list. This ensures you receive priority when a vacancy arises.

As a Tutor Group member, you are also entitled to attend the specialist short courses and weekend workshops at discounted member rates and receive invitations to special events.


Tutor Group Vacancies

Click here to go to our contact page. TERM  1 2021   Monday  25 January – Friday 26 March

If the Tutor Group you are interested in joining is full, contact us to learn how you can join the waitlist.

Evening: 7pm – 10pm (9 weeks) Vacancies
25 Jan – 22 Mar Full
26 Jan – 23 Mar Full
27 Jan – 24 Mar Full
28 Jan – 25 Mar Full
29 Jan – 26 Mar Full
Morning – 9am – 1pm (8weeks) Vacancies
1 Feb – 22 Mar Full
2 Feb – 23 Mar Full
3 Feb – 24 Mar Full
Thursday 4 Feb – 25 Mar Full
Morning– 10am – 1pm (9 weeks) Vacancies
Friday 29 Jan – 26 Mar Full