Mar 22, 2023
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||Certificate in Joinery Foundation (complete weeks 1-32)
||Certificate in Fine Furniture Foundation (complete weeks 1-40)
Graduates of this program will have knowledge and skills necessary for initial entry into the Cabinet making and Millwork trades, as well as the Furniture Design, Construction and Finishing/Refinishing industries. Classroom work and practical shop projects emphasize the skills required for success in a small-scale shop or self-employment situation.
- Successful completion of an assessment test in applied mathematics, English, and 3-D visualization.
- Submission of a portfolio (samples, slides or photographs of craftwork indicating design and handskills).
Note: Fine Furniture Readiness Test is completed through the Camosun Assessment Centre, this three hour test has section sections: Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary, Arithmetic, Measurement, Visualization & Mechanical Aptitude, and a written paragraph. The first two sections, Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary, relate directly to course content.
At the completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Use creative problem solving to come to innovative yet practical solutions in the design and building of fine furniture.
- Understand how furniture history and principles and elements of design inform contemporary fine furniture construction.
- Work effectively as part of a team or group in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and achievement of goals.
- Use the materials, tools and equipment required for fine furniture construction and finishing in a safe, effective manner.
- Present self to the external world as a creative, skilled, business-like beginning woodworker.
- FURN 152 - Fine Furniture 1 - 16 weeks
- FURN 154 - Fine Furniture 2 - 16 weeks
- FURN 156 - Fine Furniture 3 - 8 weeks
Students in the Fine Furniture Program study:
- Hand Tools: Identification, Use and Maintenance
- Machine Tools:
- Routing and Shaping
- Abrasive equipment
- Lathe Turning
- Jig and Fixture Design
- Decorative Mouldings and Turnings
- Case Joinery
- Leg & Rail Joinery
- Fasteners and Adhesives
- Assembly techniques
- Frame & Panel Joinery
- Furniture Structure
- Curving, Bending and Laminating
- Furniture Design:
- Technical Drawing & CAD
- Perspective Drawing and Rendering
- Elements and Principles of Design
- Decorative Referents
- Furniture History
- Wood Technology
- Wood Species Identification
- Wood Composite Products
- Quantity Calculations
- Veneering Techniques
- Glass and Glazing Techniques
- Surface Preparation
- Wood Colouring and Texturing
- Top Coats Shellac
- Varnish & Oil
- Water Bourne Resins
- Spray Finishing
- Restoration and Repair Techniques
Approximately 30% of course time is spent in the classroom on lectures, demonstrations and research assignments, including the following:
- 7 plank table drawing
- Computer Aided Design Assignments
- Design History Research Projects
- Cutting List Assignments
- Furniture Design Assignments
- Jig and Fixture Design Assignments
- Marketing and Digital Portfolio Projects
The remaining 70% is spent in the shop completing the following practical projects:
- 7 plank table
- Shaker Style End Table (Hand & Machine Tools)
- Dovetail Drawer (Hand Tools only)
- Document Box
- Production Stool with Turned Components
- Upholstered Seat (Production Stool)
- Form and Function Projects
- Wall Hung Cabinet (Solid Wood, Traditional Joinery)
- Modern Cabinetmaking Project (European 32mm System)
- Design-it Build-it Projects
- Capstone Project Design, Model, Construction & Finishing
- Finishing Sample Boards
- Commercial Finishing Practices