What's Included

Learn how to build a table base from recycled timber

    1. How to choose recycled timber

    1. Preparing timber

    1. Finishing and notches

    1. Assembly

About this course

  • $49.00
  • 4 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content
  • 4 step by step instructional PDFs
  • 4 videos

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This four part course will teach you how to make a table base from recycled timber

  • Choosing and preparing recycled timber

    Two videos explore choosing and preparing recycled timber. The first lesson is an introduction to recycled timbers, explaining what to look for and what to avoid when choosing materials. The second video demonstrates how to prepare the timber safely for use.

  • Finishing and assembly

    Two videos cover the finishing and assembly of the table. One video covers joins and finishes. The last video demonstrates the final steps to creating a sturdy and beautiful table.

  • Bonus Material

    4 x downloadable PDFs with step by step instructions and tips.

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Level and equipment

This is an intermediate course, some prior experience is recommended and some power tools are required.

Recycled timber
Ear protection
Eye protection
Dust mask
Covered shoes
Screw driver
Scrap timber
Sanding block
Coating such as beeswax
Bolts and nuts
Metal ruler or gauge
T Square (optional)
Aris hand plane (optional)
Dowel jig (optional)

Power tools
Drop saw
Table saw
Thicknesser plane (optional, can use hand plane)


Tom O'Shea

Tom O’Shea is the Architectural Coordinator for Five Mile Radius, who is a Brisbane based design studio exploring Australia’s construction materials. We create projects, products and educational content that imagine a world built on a respect for material resources. Founded in 2016, the Five Mile Radius studio is the collaborative effort of a group of architects, tradespeople and educators passionate about testing new ideas for Australia’s built future. Five Mile Radius uses pilot projects to prototype ideas, often turning projects into products that allow for continued experimentation. Funds generated through the Five Mile Shop are used to fuel additional materials research and create educational events and content. The studio works with both recycled and natural materials and is seen as a local leader in closed loop thinking, waste reuse and bioclimatic design. Dream clients include the CSIRO, local governments, arts and community organisations, philanthropic organisations and rural communities. One day the studio hopes to operate from a bus and drive around Australia helping communities to unlock the potential of the materials around them.