Course Title: Construct custom furniture using advanced techniques

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5252

Course Title: Construct custom furniture using advanced techniques

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 198.0

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Design (TAFE)


Course Contact: Julian Pratt

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4820

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Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to construct original and unique custom furniture using or adapting traditional and innovative construction techniques. It includes interpreting and adapting design specifications that are compatible with the product material, purpose and style of the furniture.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

LMFFDT5005A Construct custom furniture using advanced techniques


1.  Plan and prepare for work

2.  Curve and shape components

3.  Veneer components

4.  Make joints

5.  Construct sub-assemblies

6.  Assemble custom furniture

7.  Finish furniture surface

8.  Complete housekeeping

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance in the wide variety of furnishing maker operations. The competency applies to a workshop and on site environment and involves application of skills and knowledge at a highly skilled artisan level. These skills and knowledge are to be used within the scope of the individual’s job and authority.

This unit requires employability skills in planning and organising, problem solving and technology in order to apply advanced techniques in the making of custom furniture. Self management is applied to ensure quality standards are met.

Overview of Assessment

Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for preparing and presenting design information

Interpret work order and locate and apply relevant information

Apply safe handling requirements for equipment, products and materials, including use of personal protective equipment

Follow work instructions, operating procedures and inspection practices to:

   -   prevent damage to goods, equipment and products

   -   maintain required production output and product quality

   -   minimise the risk of injury to self and others

Complete all aspects of the construction and finishing of two furniture items requiring advanced construction techniques

The furniture item must satisfy high quality custom made furniture standards and expectations in terms of innovation, complexity, tolerance and fit of components and quality

Work effectively with others

Modify activities to cater for variations in workplace contexts and environment