Materials and Techniques


This module will allow learners to explore a variety of natural and manmade materials and their associated processing techniques appropriate to the furniture industry. A strong emphasis will be placed on the learners understanding of wood, and its related composites. Characteristics, properties, joinery and finishing techniques alongside traditional and modern processes will be addressed. Other materials to be introduced will include metal, glass and plastics. Active learning will be applied through experiential labs to help students explore these materials and processes in a hands-on fashion. Sustainability issues will be addressed in the context of the materials and practices mentioned above.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and classify wood using basic scientific analysis and justify species selection in the manufacture of given components or products

  2. Discuss tree felling, conversion, and drying in relation to the preparation of wood for use in furniture, joinery and construction

  3. Formulate and accurately undertake basic tests such as those for checking moisture content, case hardening and hardness of wood

  4. Discuss the production, properties and uses of selected materials such as wood, wood based composites, modified wood, glass, metals and plastics

  5. Appraise sustainability and environmental issues in relation to material selection in the manufacture of furniture

  6. Demonstrate the safe and appropriate use of basic tools and equipment used in the manipulation of materials such as glass, plastics and metals

  7. Develop manufacturing documentation such as cutting lists and material costings associated with rudimentary furniture products

  8. Discuss the basic health and safety requirements associated with the safe use and disposal of materials

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