The Illawarra Woodwork School

My teardrop build is happening at the Illawarra Woodwork School , which I’ve been a student at for the last 3 years. The teacher and proprietor of the school is Stuart Montague, who is a 3rd generation cabinet maker, formally qualified furniture designer (UTAS) and a master woodworker. Stuart is very supportive of any project , and the limit is really only your imagination.

It’s a relaxed environment at the school with Stuart’s guidance and support along the way. Many times I have seen Stuart help a student turn a pigs ear into a silk purse!! (Including my own ) It’s quite amazing to see how quickly student’s move from simple beginner projects to complete pieces of furniture in just a few terms.

I will add some posts of my earlier projects mixed in with the teardrop build , on my journey as a woodworker.

From pencil box to Roubo bench and now the teardrop caravan… the skies the limit!!

Here’s the link for the school –




Headlining has been installed!!

Ok so headlining has been installed, and much learnt in the process. I didn’t want visible screws , so it was glue all the way.

The census was to put bracing in. Which took time to measure , and still worked.

Next time I would just cut extensions for the clamps to push against, it’s a lot quicker and tighter.

But this is the first one I’ve built so it’s all a learning process.

Up next will be kitchen carcass, faceframe and measure up for the kitchen.