European Social Fund

FURNITURE MAKING SKILLS - LEVEL 1 DIPLOMA

Level: Level 1
Last Updated: 01-06-22

This course will lay the foundations for a successful career in the furniture making or related industries and for hobbyists with a keen interest in producing timber products.

You will be taught fundamental hand tool skills and tool maintenance, before progressing onto the use of power tools and ultimately, workshop machinery.

Our teaching of practical hand skills is underpinned by a knowledge and understanding of preferred materials, alongside essential health and safety information.

You will be taught the inherent qualities of timber and how it responds to tools as well as basics in upholstery and French polishing.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Throughout this one year programme you will cover the basics in the use of hand tools before progressing onto the safe use of power tools and industry standard workshop machinery.

You will also design and manufacture a project, to showcase and keep for yourself. This will typically be a small chair and/or table, which will be built after you have mastered the basics in plaining wood and correct join selection.

The programme will cover:

  • Setting up and operating machinery, tools and equipment used to produce furniture
  • Understanding and using specific tools and equipment
  • Making components of furniture to specification within acceptable tolerances
  • Understanding how and where components are used
  • Using appropriate equipment to cut materials within acceptable tolerances
  • Understanding the principles of joints used in making hand-crafted furniture
  • Selecting, preparing and applying veneers to items of furniture
  • Assembling components of furniture
  • Understanding the sequence of assembly and why this is important
  • Applying stains and different finishers 
  • French polishing
  • Basic upholstery

HOW WILL I BE TAUGHT?

As a furniture making learner at Preston College, you will perfect your skills in our purpose built workshops, home to an array of industry standard tools and equipment. These workshops replicate a live, working environment, with the course providing ample opportunities to test and challenge your newly developed skills.

You will be required to purchase and wear suitable PPE, including steel toe cap work boots, gloves and overalls or clothes that you do not mind getting dirty.

This is a highly practical course, meaning you can expect to spend the majority of your learning in the workshops, with the remainder of your time being spent in the classroom, learning underpinning theory that ultimately supports all practical tasks.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Informal assessment of practical work will be done to the relevant industry standards, supported by discussion. Assessment of theory knowledge will be via submission of a course workbook.

WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

On completion of this qualification you will have obtained the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress on a Level 1 Carpentry and Joinery course. Options to progress on the Level 2 Site Carpentry course will depend on prior qualifications or industry experience.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?

In order to develop your technical skills you will be required to purchase PPE items which will include:

  • Appropriate Safety Boots ( Steel toe cap)
  • Gloves
  • Goggles/Glasses
  • Overalls or old clothing

All other equipment will be provided.

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