Foundation Courses 2021

All classes are conducted at our workshop in Paarden Eiland, Cape Town. Secure parking available.

2021 Schedule

  • All three of our Foundation in Woodwork Courses (Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced) comprise of five lessons of about two-hour duration each.
  • Students can start at any of these three levels, depending on your previous experience with woodwork.
  • After a level is completed, there is no obligation to carry on with the others not yet done.
  • All classes are conducted at our workshop in Paarden Eiland, Cape Town.
  • We start with the Beginners, then go on to the Intermediate & Advanced.

Costs

  • Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced: R1600-00 per course
  • Intensive Course: R4800-00
  • Cupboard Building and Installation Course: R7800-00

All the above include all materials needed, and the use of any equipment required. Deposit is required as confirmation of your booking.

Our courses fill up quickly, should your preferred date be fully booked we can add you to the waitlist.

The following dates are the starting dates for these three different options:

OPTION 1

Weekday classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and all fifteen lessons of the Foundation are completed in seven visits to the studio.

Each of these sessions, which last about four hours, are completed as “double lessons” is done on each day (10h00 – 14h00.)

Next Starting Dates:
Tuesday 12th January
Tuesday 23rd March
Tuesday 6th July
Tuesday 5th October
Tuesday 2nd November

OPTION 2

Classes are held on a Saturday. All three levels are offered on each Saturday. This means that each level is completed over five weeks.

The time for Beginners’ is at 13h15. The time for Intermediate is 11h00 and the Advanced at 09h00.

Next Starting Dates:
Saturday 16th January – FULLY BOOKED
Saturday 20th February
Saturday 27th March
Saturday 10th April
Saturday 22nd May
Saturday 26th June
Saturday 14th August
Saturday 18th September
Saturday 30th October
Saturday 4th December

OPTION 3

Classes for The Intensive Course are completed over 5 days from a Monday to Friday of the same week.

All fifteen lessons of the Foundation in Woodwork (Beginners’, Intermediate & Advanced) are completed.

Starting Dates:
Monday 1st February – FULLY BOOKED
Monday 15th February
Monday 8th March
Monday 12th April
Monday 10th May
Monday 7th June
Monday 26th July
Monday 23rd August
Monday 27th September
Monday 25th October
Monday 22nd November
Monday 13th December

OPTION 4

Classes for Beginners are completed on a weekly basis on Wednesday evenings.

Times are from 18h00 till 20h00.

Next Starting Dates:

Wednesday 10th February
Wednesday 7th July

Classes for Intermediate are completed on a weekly basis on Wednesday evenings.

Times are from 18h00 till 20h00.

Next Starting Dates:

Wednesday 24th March
Wednesday 15th September

Classes for Advanced are completed on a weekly basis on Wednesday evenings.

Times are from 18h00 till 20h00.

Next Starting Dates:

Wednesday 19th May
Wednesday 3rd November

SEPARATE COURSES:

Cupboard Building and Installations:

Weekday classes are held from Monday to Friday.

Each of these courses last about 5 hours (10h00 – 15h00).

Next Starting Dates:
Monday 8th February
Monday 15th March
Monday 17th May
Monday 14th June
Monday 28th June
Monday 30th August
Monday 29th November

Click for more information on the Cupboard Building and Installation Classes.

Other courses available on demand:

  • Router Use Level 1&2
  • Modern Woodworking Joints
  • Mortise & Tenon Joints
  • Door Hanging

BEGINNERS

This course is designed for those who either know little (or nothing) about woodwork, and those who might have forgotten what they did know. We teach students to make simple items to illustrate basic concepts in woodwork, while keeping it enjoyable and fun. By the end of the five-lesson course, you will have a solid understanding of the concept of working with a drawing and making something of it. Along the way, you will be introduced to all the hand tools you need to get going. The emphasis is almost entirely on hand tools (with the exception of powered drills). We demonstrate all the tools and students get to practice using them in class.

Click here for the full syllabus: Beginners

INTERMEDIATE

This course caters for students who have completed the beginners course or those with some background in woodwork. The Intermediate course will further your skills and knowledge of woodwork technicalities such as grain direction, sanding, fastening systems (screws, nails, wall plugs, etc) and drill bits. Lessons include demonstrations and discussions on hand power tools such as routers, sanding machines, jig saws, portable circular saws, etc. You’ll also be taught about standing power tools like the table saw, radial arm saw, surfacer, band saw, scroll saw, column drill, chisel morticer.

Click here for the full syllabus: Intermediate

ADVANCED

By now, you’ll be ready to concentrate on joint-making, in particular, mortise and tenon, dowel joints, pocket-hole joinery, biscuit joinery, butt and half lap joints and edge-joining of solid timber. Advanced students will have enough expertise to make anything from picture frames to furniture, shelving and even decking. You can arrange private classes with one of the teachers at the school for assistance on a particular project you have in mind.

 

 

Click here for the full syllabus: Advanced     

TOP QUESTIONS

  • The course fees for all three levels in the Foundation in Woodwork phase are currently R1 500-00 per course, and this includes all materials.

Basic hand tool kit for woodwork:

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Try square 300mm
Combination square 300mm
Sliding Bevel
Tape Measure 5,0m
Steel Rule 500mm
Steel Rule 150mm
Handsaw 660mm – General Purpose (9tpi)
Tenon Saw (Backsaw) 250mm (11-14tpi)
Claw hammer (fibre glass shaft)
Panel Pin Hammer
Chisel 6,0mm (1/4”)  (Bevel)
Chisel 18,0mm (3/4”) (Bevel)
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Chisel mallet (+/- 500g)
Bradawl
Carpenter’s pencil
HB pencil
No 4 plane (Jack Plane 350-380 mm long)
#2 posidriv screwdriver
Carpenter’s pincers
Marking Gauge (cutting gauge)
Safety glasses
Earplugs
Dust mask
  • All three of our Foundation in Woodwork Courses (Beginners’, Intermediate & Advanced) comprise of five lessons of about two-hour duration each.
  • Students can start at any of these three levels, depending on your previous experience with woodwork.
  • After a level is completed, there is no obligation to carry on with the others not yet done.
  • All classes are conducted at our workshop in Paarden Eiland, Cape Town.
  • We start with the Beginners’, then go on to the Intermediate & Advanced.

The following dates are the starting dates for these three different options:

OPTION 1: Weekday classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and all fifteen lessons of the Foundation are completed in seven visits to the studio.Each of these classes, which last about four hours, as a “double lesson” is done on each day (10h00 – 14h00.)

OPTION 2: Classes are held on a Saturday. All three levels are offered on each Saturday. This means that each level is completed over five weeks. The time for Beginners’ is at 13h15. The time for Intermediate is 11h00 and the Advanced at 09h00.

OPTION 3: Classes for The Intensive Course are completed over 5 days from a Monday to Friday of the same week. All fifteen lessons of the Foundation in Woodwork (Beginners’, Intermediate & Advanced) are completed.

OPTION 4: Classes for Beginners are completed on a weekly basis on Wednesday evenings. Times are from 18h00 till 20h00.

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TESTIMONIALS

“I chose the Mercury School of Woodwork because I had so much things that I wanted to build and lacked the knowledge and had no idea where to start. Buster’s comprehensive courses enabled me to find my feet, and his amazing after-course care and generosity with advice helped me to realize every project I wanted to tackle. I would highly recommend the courses to anyone, even if you just want to a know a bit more about DIY to someone launching themselves into a new carpentry career – just do it!”

“I knew I wanted to learn more about woodwork, but had no idea where to start. After completing Buster’s Beginner, Intermediate and Advance course I am excited about all the possibilities that lies in front of me. I met so many people from all walks of life. Some were about to retire, some are just starting out in their new careers, but all of us were inspired and in awe of the knowledge and experiences shared by Buster. I now have the confidence to start creating because I now not only know which tools to use but also where to go for advice and help.”

“You don’t come across someone like Buster Tinsley every day. I’ve attended many of his woodworking classes over the years and am still astounded by the man’s carpentry skills and know how. But not only that – he shares this seemingly endless knowledge so freely, almost as if he himself doesn’t realize how valuable a mentor he is. There’s not a single tool in my workshop that I didn’t first discuss with him before buying – he’s advice is rock solid. And I’ve asked MANY a stupid question, which has always been answered with a kind patience. Go to Buster’s, you will not regret it. I’m very thankful for having this gentleman as my “uncle in the carpentry business”!

“With Buster Tinsley’s passion for the subject, and his wealth of knowledge, you cant go wrong by attending these courses. Not only does Buster divulge a wealth of useful tips and tricks, he also demonstrates the practical applications of woodwork skills and supervises projects that allows you to put to practice the skill sets you have learned. I would recommend these courses to anyone with an interest in working with their hands.”

“Buster is a brave man – he not only has let me into his workshop but has let me play with power tools! The school has given me a new creative outlet while making sure I work properly and safely.”

“Buster Tinsley is the best. I did the courses a couple of years ago and have been doing woodworking projects ever since. A truly enriching experience. Yay for the Mercury School of Woodwork.”