Our Facility

Our Facility

142 Bundock St, Belgian Gardens

Studio Dubbeld is a woodworker's making space situated on 2400m² of land, 5 minutes from Townsville city. With a large range of tooling and experience, we can help you create any woodworking project. There are four main areas.

  • The hanger, which is 360m² contains the larger equipment:
    • 2x panel saws
    • Wide belt Sander
    • Chisel mortiser
    • Spindle moulder
    • Planer/Thicknesser
    • Bandsaw
  • The Studio, which is 85m² and includes;
    • 7 large work benches
    • Large range of hand tools
    • Drill Press
    • Belt Sander
    • Bandsaw
    • Router bench
    • Hand power tools including;
      • Drills
      • Routers
      • Sanders
      • Domino machines
      • Saws
  • An undercover outdoor work area around 30m² which includes:
    • Wood lathe
    • Drop Saw
    • Bandsaw Resaw (not for student use )
    • 1x large bench
    • 3m clamp rack
  • Our Tool store and Reception occupies the front 50m2 of the ground level of the hanger. Within this space you will find:
    • Woodworking Tools
    • Woodworking Consumables
    • Woodware

We are blessed to operate from a building of such historical significance in Townsville. The igloo shaped building (or hanger) is actually a Quonset hut built by the Americans in World War 2 and, according to local knowledge it was used as a shed to service amphibious vehicles and marine craft. The studio is an old grain storage shed and apparently the first cast concrete building in Townsville. 

 

 

 
 
 

About Joel Dubbeld

I think the first time I experienced a woodworking shop at the start of my cabinetmaking apprenticeship around 25 years ago, it felt like I belonged. From then to now nothing has really changed in that respect. Working with wood, especially as i get older and are drawn more to the quietness of hand tools, is a little hard for me to describe - there's something addictive about working steel on wood; the feel, the sound, the fragrance, the way the surface dances as it catches the light. It's a place of freedom,  creativity, frustration, fatigue and contentment. It has been really refreshing over the last years to steer the business from manufacturing into more of a studio space for makers. Now alongside our resident makers we have two schools: The Australian Guitar Making School Townsville and the Dubbeld Wood School. I teach here at both. ​Ultimately students can learn as little or as much as they like and I'll do my best to guide them through their own builds and show them the techniques I believe are best practice. When I get the chance to build, my preferred style is exposed joinery with little reliance on glue - there's nowhere to hide here but if the construction is sound, the piece will stand the test of time. The same goes for finishing - natural finishes that, with little maintenance, only get better with age. At the moment, time on the tools is a bit of a luxury for me.However, if you're willing to wait, I would be happy to provide a quote on a solid timber project. ​ ​
Owner
​Furniture Maker
Guitar Maker
Teacher

About Aden Tranter ( The apprentice )

Aden started off as a student in early 2017. He started a desk soon after helping Joel out with getting his website updated. 

After building a desk, he had alot of other projects he wanted to do. Slowly starting coming more and more and helping out when he could.

Mid 2018 we made the choice to take Aden on as an apprentice. 

Aden also wrote our booking system as his background was in IT/Software development before coming onboard with us. 

He still works for a small number of clients working on software.

 

Apprentice 

IT Guy

Maker

NEED SOME WORKSHOP SPACE?

Studio Dubbeld currently offers 4x bench spaces for rent to individual craft business operators (woodworking or similar) in our main workshop. This is an ideal environment for makers to work autonomously in an affordable workspace with access to quality, well maintained equipment.
Within the shared workshop space you will have access to our woodworking machinery and a portion of workspace.
Each work space for rent covers a floor area of 3m x 4m and includes the use of a workbench and tool/storage cabinet (tools not provided).
Machines include: Panel Saw, Planer/Thicknesser, Wide Belt Sander, 17" bandsaw, Docking Saw, Spindle Moulder, Router Table, Horizontal Borer and Chisel Mortiser. Our Spray Booth is also available for use at an additional fee.

Note: We offer this opportunity to skilled designers and/or makers only. We require that each maker carries their own current public liability insurance. 
If your intention is to just use the woodworking machinery please do not apply, but rather book into our wood school as a student

Short Term Rates

  • Per 4 Hours: $80
  • Per Day: $110
  • Per Week (5 consecutive work days): $320


Long Term Rates:

  • Per 4x week: $640 (Paid weekly @ $160/week). Minimum 6 month stay

Work time is restricted to 8am - 5pm weekdays.