Projects - All Levels

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 319 Conc £121 Full £595 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Tuesday 10:30 - 15:00 11 MAC 17/09/2019 03/12/2019 CH1220
Tuesday 10:30 - 15:00 11 MAC 07/01/2020 24/03/2020 CH2220
Tuesday 10:30 - 15:00 11 MAC 21/04/2020 07/07/2020 CH3220

What will the course cover?

If you are a beginner you will acquire basic woodwork skills and techniques before embarking on your own personal project. More experienced students can extend their knowledge and skills whilst working on a project from the start. Using a variety of joints and construction methods, hand and power tools and machines, you will produce and execute your own design. Use of machines is at the discretion of the lecturer and is dependent on the students’ experience.

Who is the course for?

For anyone who would like to learn woodworking skills. Those with no previous experience will begin by learning the basics of joinery and those with more experience may be able to work on a project from the start. The course aims to increase the range and level of expertise of all students through a series of practical projects which encourage students to develop their own design concepts. Primarily practical in aspect, the course also includes an element of theory and design relevant to modern furniture making. You can attend for one or more terms to develop your potential.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

Some prior experience of woodworking (use of hand tools such as saws, chisels etc.) will be an advantage, though not essential. More importantly, students will need enthusiasm and passion for this uniquely satisfying craft. Ability to follow verbal instructions in English.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Design and make original items of furniture or other items to a high standard (tables, cabinets, boxes etc.). This in turn involves the acquisition of skills such as the correct use and maintenance of both hand and power tools and equipment. Students will also gain an understanding of the nature and structure of timber as it relates to furniture/cabinet making.

How is the course organised?

Talks, demonstrations and workshop practices. Group and individual demonstration and instruction, discussion, project work, set exercises, question and answer sessions.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Design and make original items of furniture or other items to a high standard (tables, cabinets, boxes etc.). This in turn involves the acquisition of skills such as the correct use and maintenance of both hand and power tools and equipment. Students will also gain an understanding of the nature and structure of timber as it relates to furniture/cabinet making. Depending on time you may also be able to: Handle timber, man made boards, adhesives and finishing materials correctly to Health and Safety standards. Use hand and power tools accurately and safely. Describe 2 different wood seasoning techniques. Create a design brief for each project. Apply colour theory and basic design principles to projects. Produce workshop drawings for furniture. Demonstrate the ability to apply Health and Safety procedures in a woodwork shop. Prepare wood from sawn to receive a finish. Plane a piece of timber square. Cut complex shapes from timber. Produce joints: mitre lap, corner bridle finger and dovetail joints, mortise and tenon joint, butt joint (dowel or biscuit) housing, rebating. Attach ironmongery - hinge, catch, stay as required hinge and metal screw. Apply veneer by hand. Apply wood finishes to projects. Evaluate projects completed. None specifically although reading up key text books and visits to galleries and collections help you to become familiar with the craft. It is also useful to produce design sketches and technical drawings at home to prepare for practical work in class.

How will my progress be assessed?

Feed back from tutor on project work and progress and recorded in your Individual Learning Plan and Learning Journal.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Work in cabinet making workshops or further study at either HND or Degree level.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

Cost of materials for personal project. Pencil and paper. Apron if desired. Older clothes. Stout shoes. Please note: Any items brought onto the premises and/or worked on in class are done so at the owners’ own risk.

What support is available?

Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Details of all available support can be found on our website (hfals.co.uk), in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.