Furniture Making (A/M/V)

student at Gungahlin College

Course information

This course provides students with knowledge, understanding and skills relating to areas of work inside the industry & services domains of constructing timber products.

In broad terms, students learn about industry practices, processes, procedures and concepts such as technical information, materials, sustainability, equipment and work health & safety (WHS).

Students learn to analyse, problem solve, make decisions and develop interpersonal and intrapersonal skills suitable for employment and further training.

In Timber Products students learn to use tools and timber materials to create products. They learn skills that are useful life-long or as a transition to employment or further education.

Post-school pathways

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Course pattern

Available as a Minor or Major

Suggested Minor course

Semester

Unit

1

Working with Timber

2

Techniques in Timber Manufacture

Suggested Major course

Semester

Unit

1

Working with Timber

2

Techniques in Timber Manufacture

3

Creating to a Design Brief or Plan

4

Timber Project

Unit descriptions

Working with Timber

This unit is designed to familiarise students with workshop procedures using timber. Students learn the fundamentals of working safely with timber products, using and naming selected tools and materials correctly. Students learn to use selected hand and power tools, machinery, make joints and follow a given design to complete the projects undertaken in this unit. They learn communication skills such as following instructions, seeking help and recording processes as well as strategies to solve problems.

Techniques in Timber Manufacture

This unit is designed to develop skills in the workshop using timber and other materials. Students learn the fundamentals of workshop safety requirements, including attitudes and behaviours. They learn techniques for the manufacture and use of jigs, as well as tool maintenance for both power and hand tools. Students make decisions about appropriate jointing techniques according to the product. They learn communication skills such as reading plans and drawings, measurement and scale, as well as the reasons for selecting particular materials for a given task.

Creating to a Design Brief or Plan

This unit focuses on sustainable workshop practices and procedures, including interpretation of plans and the concept of the design brief and the design process. They explore the nature and properties of materials to fulfil a design brief. Students learn about the selection of appropriate materials and calculate cost of production, including the whole manufacturing process. They learn communication skills such as to actively listen, and to reflect on and implement feedback from clients.

Timber Project

In this unit students create a project of their own design, or modify an existing design, to meet a particular need. Using a project timeline, students learn to manage the entire construction of a project, from conception to delivery. They consider the choice of appropriate materials, finishes and techniques, in accordance with the project requirements, proactively managing risks associated with constructing the product in the workshop. They learn communication skills such as maintaining an ongoing record of evaluation of production processes and techniques.