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FURNITURE MAKING AND REPAIR

Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment

Learn to work with Furniture

  • manufacturing and repair.
  • all types of furnishings
  • indoor and outdoor
  • different materials from wood and metal to plastics and fabrics.

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Learn to work with Furniture

  • manufacturing and repair.
  • all types of furnishings
  • indoor and outdoor
  • different materials from wood and metal to plastics and fabrics.

Course Content

Ten lessons as follows:

Lesson 1. Nature & Scope of Furniture Making 

  • Introduction - types of furniture for sitting, lying, tables, desks & storage
  • Materials
  • History
  • Evolution of Manufacturing
  • Design and Designers
  • Scope of Furniture Making - contemporary, flatpack
  • Small business opportunities- making, selling, repairing
  • Measurements and drawings
  • Taking measurements 
  • Measurement Equipment - tape measure, rulers, marking gauge, square, combination square, bevel, spirit level
  • Understanding technical drawings - scale, lines on drawings
  • Types of drawings - sketches, sections, elevations, detailing
  • Making drawings for clients
  • Drawing instruments

Lesson 2. Tools and Equipment

  • Furniture making workshop
  • Assessing & setting up the space
  • Ventilation
  • Workshop safety
  • Workbenches - bench dogs, holdfast, planing stop, vices
  • Tool store and organisation
  • Toolboxes
  • Hand tools
  • Measurement
  • Clamps
  • Spirit level\Drills, Drilling machines
  • Routers
  • Sawing machines - bench saws, types of saw blades, band saws
  • Specialised tools for wood furniture - cutting, mitre saw, saw stool 
  • Shaping
  • Drills
  • Finishing
  • Specialised tools for Metal Furniture - centre punch, die grinder, drill bits, English wheel, saw blades, welders, welding magnets
  • Specialised tools for plastics - acrylic cutter/knife, countersinks, cutting mats, drill bits, router bits, saw blades
  • Tools for other materials -fibreglass, carbon fibre, resin

Lesson 3. Wood Furniture – Indoors

  • Timbers for indoors - solid hardwood and softwood
  • Composites
  • Design considerations
  • How to join wood - joints, glues, nails
  • How to make wooden furniture
  • Common finishes on indoor furniture
  • Filling holes, sanding, cleaning, use of primers, using colour in design, varnishing paint, surface preparation
  • Applying primer then varnish, varnish/ glaze, lacquer
  • Applying a veneer using an iron

Lesson 4. Wood Furniture – Outdoors

  • Introduction
  • Timbers for outdoors
  • Design considerations
  • How to make wooden outdoor furniture -step by step
  • A seat
  • BBQ Cart/Table
  • Common finishes on Outdoor timber

Lesson 5. Metal Furniture

  • Introduction
  • Characteristics of metals
  • Types of metals
  • Welding metals
  • Fusion welding
  • Arc welding - TIG, MIG etc
  • Gas Welding - Oxy acetylene, Oxy hydrogen, Low temperature gas welding
  • Resistance welding - spot welding, seam welding
  • Solid state welding - Forge welding
  • Shaping metals - casting, shearing, rolling, punching, bending
  • Assembling metals - brazing, soldering, riveting, bolting
  • How to make metal furniture
  • Common finishes on metal furniture

  • Lesson 6. Plastic Furniture
  • Introduction
  • Pros and cons of plastic furniture
  • Plastic types - acrylic, polycarbonate, polythene, etc
  • Design considerations
  • Construction Methods - 3D printing, moulding plastics, using recycled plastics
  • How to make plastic furniture
  • Common finishes

Lesson 7.  Other Materials

  • Introduction
  • Glass
  • Fibreglass
  • Ceramics
  • Concrete
  • Design Considerations
  • How to make furniture with other materials
  • Finishes

Lesson 8. Covering Materials & Upholstery

  • Introduction
  • Nature of Upholstery
  • Types of Upholstery - traditional, modem, commercial, marine, automobile
  • Upholstery fabrics - natural vs synthetic fibres
  • Natural fibres - leather, wool, cotton, linen, silk, others
  • Synthetics - polyester, nylon, rayon, acrylic, velvet, microfibre, polypropylene, vinyl
  • Classification of fabrics
  • Fabric rub tests
  • Thread count
  • Fire resistance

Lesson 9. Upholstery Work

  • Introduction
  • Upholstery tools
  • Materials and equipment - upholstery tacks, nails, nail strips, gimp pins, staples, webbing, springs, snuffing/ wadding, linings, etc
  • Choosing appropriate fabrics
  • Deciding whether to Reupholster
  • Step by step basic upholstery
  • Reupholstering a chair
  • Upholstering without springs

Lesson 10. Furniture Care & Maintenance

  • Introduction
  • Care and maintenance of timber furniture
  • Waxing
  • Polishing
  • Care and maintenance of Metal furniture
  • Care and maintenance of other materials
  • Care and maintenance of furniture fabrics
  • Fibre structure and appearance\The effect of moisture
  • Chemical properties
  • Resistance to insects & microorganisms
  • Electrical properties
  • Sunlight effects
  • Thermal properties
  • Upholstered students
  • Cleaning
 
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