Course Duration: 47 Weeks.
Course runs Mon-Thurs 08.00-16.30, Fri 08.00-12.30
This extensive course, 47 week Furniture Making & Design, is aimed at teaching all the necessary skills and elements of joinery and furniture making, to enable you to go on to both design and construct your own, individual items of furniture.
Divided into four clear stages, this course will develop your understanding of wood and joinery techniques, while working in our dedicated workshop alongside expert instructors on a number of challenging projects.
Stage 1 is exactly the same as followed by students on the award winning Boatbuilding Course. It introduces you to different types of wood and their properties, the use and care of tools and wood preparation techniques, basic joints and setting out.
Stage 2 builds on the understanding of timber and of basic furniture construction techniques, and gently introduces you to the draughtsmanship and geometry techniques needed.
Stage 3 starts the project modules, with the construction of a bedside unit, chest of drawers, table and chair.
Stage 4 this is the big final project to showcase your skills. There are a number of items you can chose from including a Welsh dresser or Roll top desk. Other items of furniture that you might particularly want to construct can also be considered as a final project.
Tools and Materials
You will need to provide your own overalls and work wear and you will need your own set of hand tools – which should be of good quality, but need not be new. The College will let you have a tools list prior to your start of the course and can order tools for you to be ready for the start.
Materials required for stage one (the first 12 weeks) are included in the cost of the course. There after materials are charged at list price. You keep all the exercises, projects and furniture you make during the course. Apart from the above, there are no additional costs, other than your living expenses.
The Training Modules
Below are the topics and modules which will be covered in this course. For more detailed information regarding each module, please download the course prospectus.
- Woodworking Materials
- Timber Technology
- Woodworking Tools
- Woodworking Equipment
- Basic Woodworking Techniques
- Jointing Techniques
- Leg and Frame Construction
- Fastening and Locks
- Wood Turning
- Mouldings and Lippings
- Curved Woodworking
- Setting out and Cutting Lists
- Furniture Designs