DIY Dinner: Himalayan Cedar Dining Table

Turn local timbers into a dining table masterpiece


NOTE: We are currently waiting for a new supply of reclaimed timber for this project.  If you would like to be notified when the class dates have been finalised, please email hello@makerspace.org.au and we will add you to the waiting list for the class.

We are thrilled to present this class in partnership with Inner West Council and The Old Clare Hotel.


This class is the culmination of our Urban Forest series utilising timber from urban trees from across the Inner West. The timber for this class is Himalayan Cedar (Cedrus deodara), removed from a pre school in Petersham. Led by Inner West Council’s Urban Forest Manager, the timber was milled by an urban salvage expert based and has been air drying since 2014. Inner West Council has generously donated a large quantity of timber to MakerSpace for use across this series of courses. The DIY Dinner table course is the most ambitious and refined course to date which will leave you with an amazing dining table made from locally sourced wood which you made entirely (almost) by yourself. 


Not only will you leave the class with a beautiful dining table, but an appreciation for the richness of timber as a material, how the Urban Forest is managed and knowledge of how best to utilise timber for your own projects. During this course, you will also learn how to safely and properly use metal and welding machinery to create the elegant under frame for your table top to sit upon. During the course you will master a myriad of machines in our workshop including the jointer, thicknesser, panel saw, domino jointer, sanding equipment, router, metal bandsaw, MIG welders and drill press. 



  • Workshop orientation including OHS procedure.
  • Using the jointer, thicknesser and panel saw to dimension solid timber.
  • Domino joining timber tabletops and applying adhesives.
  • Fitting butterfly keys to stabilise timber slabs.
  • Preparing timber for traditional oil finishes.
  • Cutting steel.
  • Basic MIG welding & metal fabrication
  • Steel finishing.


Week 1: 

Wednesday evening 6-9pm

Learn about the timbers origins and characters from Inner West Council's Urban Forest team manager. Be inducted on the machines required to create your tabletop. Select your timber and begin machining. 

Saturday morning 10am-1pm Learn how to weld and work with metal to fabricate the under frame of your table.

Week 2:

Wednesday evening 6-9pm - Finish machining your wood and begin to join the slabs together using a domino joining technique. Glue and clamp your tabletops to set during the week.

Saturday morning 10am-1pm Fabricating and welding the under frame using our MIG welders and metal facilities.

Week 3: 

Wednesday evening 6-9pm - Fit butterfly keys to stabilise any cracks or checks in the timber top.  Shape and size your table tops to your preferred dimensions (max width 700mm). 

Saturday morning 10am-1pm- Detail and finish the under frame with angle grinders and your choice of finishes.

Week 4:

Wednesday evening 6-9pm  and Saturday 10am-1pm

Sand and finish your table tops with a hand rubbed oil product. Attach the table tops to your underframes and make any final adjustments



As part of our 'DIY Dinner' series you will also be invited to our final communal dinner on the rooftop of The Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale where your creations will be utilised during the feast.  Your ticket price covers a banquet meal shared with everyone else who has participated in making the table, the plates, the table settings and the carving knives as part of courses held at MakerSpace & Co. You will enjoy a delicious feast served by the amazing team at Barzaari Chippendale (who also have a restaurant in our local Marrickville neighbourhood) and join in a group photo of everyone involved in the DIY Dinner series.


The wood craft element of this class is taught by the multi talented designer, Oliver Throsby. 

Oliver is the owner and operator of Oliver Throsby. Furniture maker concentrating on Sydney and the Southern Highlands of NSW. Oliver has become known in Sydney and the Southern Highlands for bespoke furniture and leather goods.

His experience with numerous residential and commercial clients, has equipped him with a knowledge base to help guide clients through a design process which leads to their dream piece, such as the Joshua Tree table which is worth over $5000. For more info please visit: 


PLEASE NOTE when booking a class with MakerSpace &company you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

Student age 

MakerSpace is an 18+ facility, and our classes and facilities are designed for adults.

The reality is that MakerSpace is simply not set up to accommodate children. For further information please click here:  http://makerspace.org.au/book-classes/faq/

Disabled access 

Unfortunately our new space cannot offer suitable wheelchair access. We are currently working on improving our facilities to make them accessible for all. 


We have very limited parking spaces on Gerald Street so if you're driving here please allow time to look for parking on our street or nearby streets.

Students must wear covered shoes, have long hair tied back and wear appropriate safety gear when using equipment.  All students will be shown how to use appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment).

 MakerSpace &company and its tutors will provide training in how to use all equipment and relevant machinery and tools to students during the course.  It is essential that no equipment or machinery be used while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

 While all care will be taken, it is the responsibility of the student to follow all instructions and use all the equipment in a safe and responsible manner.

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What you will learn

  • Using the jointer, thicknesser and panel saw to dimension solid timber.
  • Selecting adhesives and domino jointing timber tabletops.
  • Welding and metal fabrication of a table under frame.

What you will get

  • Expert tuition from an expert coach.
  • A beautiful handmade timber table top with an elegant metal base.
  • Banquet dinner for 2 at our rooftop DIY Dinner Event in September with 30 other participants.

What to bring

  • Just your enthusiasm!

What to wear

Casual (Warning: this might get messy). Wear closed shoes and tie long hair back.

Appropriate for

Open to everyone interested!

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5.0 (2 reviews)
22 September 2019DIY Dinner: Himalayan Cedar Dining Table
This was such an amazing course to take. Everything from the origins of using amazing local wood to learning great woodworking and welding skills, this class had everything. The instructors Ollie and Shane are extremely knowledgeable and really guided a newbie like me through the whole thing. The MakerSpace is also a great setting to work in. Very strong recommendation for this course and any future course that's like it!
16 September 2019DIY Dinner: Himalayan Cedar Dining Table
Just completed the DIY Dining course was exactly as wished for yes, it's a significant investment - however, the quality of tools + materials + teachers means you can only walk away with a quality table on top of learning some great skills and having some fun on the way. Am now keen - and inspired - to build a coffee table to match :) thank you MakerSpace!

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I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by MakerSpace & Company.


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MakerSpace & Company requires 5 days (120 hours) notice in writing prior to the class for a 75% refund or transfer.  If you miss this window, we recommend you gift (or sell) your place to someone who will use it and love it. Class places are fully transferable. Email hello@makerspace.org.au


In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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Terms & Conditions


 Refunds: MakerSpace requires a minimum of 5 days (or 120 hour) notice in writing to receive a 75% refund for change of mind. If you miss this window, we recommend you gift (or sell) your place to someone who will use it and love it. Class places are fully transferable. Email hello@makerspace.org.au

 Cancellations: We rarely cancel classes, but occasional things come up beyond our control. Our classes are very small to ensure you have a great learning experience, but we need a minimum of 4 students to run most of our classes. If a class is cancelled, we will get in touch by phone or email, and discuss your options which include refund, credit or transfer to another date. 

Kids in classes: MakerSpace classes are designed for adults. Kids aged 14-17 can book this class on the condition that an accompanying adult also participates - which means booking two places. If you have questions about kids in the workshop, please read this.

 Terms and Conditions: All students must read and agree to our full Terms and Conditions, you can find them here.

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