Full Time 40 Week  Furniture Course

The course is predominantly based in the workshop and will be delivered using a range of activities including demonstrations, workshop practice, projects, lectures, open discussions, observation, individual and group work, tutorials, visits, presentations from visiting professionals, research, and sharing of experience from tutors and students.

During the early stages of the course students will be taught basic making skills. After building experience through initial set projects, they will be encouraged to design and make their own pieces.

A project calendar and module handbook enables students to map subjects and activities covered. The structure of the course varies according to individual preferences.

In outline, core subjects are listed at the bottom of this page.

The structure and syllabus of the course is based not only on the wide experience of the staff but is augmented by their extensive contacts within the world of furniture making. Outside visits and visiting lecturers provide additional input.


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Please send us your details, and your proposed course dates and we will be in touch as soon as possible to make your arrangements.


Course entry dates

Throughout the year.

The group is restricted to ensure individual attention.


Fees

Fees for a full year are £16,536 (inc VAT). which includes the cost of initial projects.*

Accommodation and meals are not included and a list of accommodation providers can be found on our location page.

If you require assistance arranging suitable accommodation please contact us.

You will also need to cover the cost of your own hand tools and materials for further projects. We estimate this will be around £2000.

Please also contact us for a suggested tool list.


Terms and Conditions

In order to secure your place there is a non-refundable deposit of £2,480. On the first day of the course we will then require a further £8268. The balance of £5,788 is due in the first day of the 21st week.


 

Course Content

Hand Skills

  • Selection and set up of hand tools
  • Sharpening of tools
  • Use of hand and measuring tools
  • Techniques for using cramping
  • Adhesives and their correct use
  • Cutting of joints
  • Jig making
  • Making and using rods and templates
  • Cabinet scrapers and sanding
  • An appreciation of the variation in the standards of furniture making

Materials

  • The aesthetic and structural value of a variety of materials
  • Timber technology
  • Timber identification
  • Material defects
  • Moisture content, seasoning and movement
  • Material conversion
  • Understanding and using veneer
  • Selecting and buying materials
  • Marquetry work

Veneering, Laminating and Shaping Timber

  • Selection of veneers and laminates
  • Cutting of laminates
  • Design and production of moulds and formers
  • Vacuum bags and presses
  • Steam bending, kerfing and coopering
  • Production of components with compound curves
  • Angle grinding
  • Spindle work
  • Preparing and laying veneers

Power Tools

  • The identification and use of all the main power tools
  • Safe working practices
  • Learning the potential applications of all the main power tools
  • Maintenance including changing and sharpening of cutters, saws and blades

Construction

  • Jointing
  • Furniture components
  • Structures
  • Carcass and frame construction
  • Carcass rigidity
  • Chair construction
  • Furniture fittings and fixtures
  • Furniture mechanisms
  • Assembly
  • Jigs
  • Preparation and cutting lists
  • Standardisation and production solutions
  • How modern and traditional methods inter-relate
  • The awareness to select appropriate solutions and methods of production
  • Built-in furniture

Machining

  • Health and safety in a workshop
  • The selection, maintenance and use of a variety of machines
  • Designing safe and effective jigs
  • Production techniques

Finishing

  • The properties and application of a range of finishes
  • The safe use of finishing materials
  • The implications when assembling furniture
  • Abrasives in hand and machining operations
  • Hand finishing and spraying

Business Skills (optional)

  • The requirements for setting up in business
  • How to run a furniture business
  • Workshops
  • Marketing
  • Business profile
  • Time management
  • Public relation
  • Selling your work
  • How to be successful
  • Commercial costing and estimating
  • Commission and production work
  • The industry today
  • External organisations
  • Legislation
  • Websites

Drawing, Design and Presentation

  • Freehand drawing and sketching
  • Perspective
  • Ergonomics including anthropometrics
  • Working drawings
  • Colour awareness and application
  • The design process
  • Design vocabulary
  • Design theory, including proportioning concepts
  • Design analysis and evaluation
  • 3D awareness
  • Personal design philosophy
  • Research skills
  • Contemporary furniture makers
  • Presentation drawings and skills
  • Photographing your work
  • Portfolios

 

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