Level 1 Furniture Making (ITO)

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Miss C. Penfold

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 10 Workshop would be an advantage, although not essential.

Please speak with Miss Penfold or email [email protected] if you would like to either see what students produce or chat about the course.

Click on this link to see some examples of 11FTEC work 

This course is a practical heavy course with theory work that goes alongside what the students are making. The theory work is identifying tools and equipment used in the making of furniture items. 

This course is a trade related course. Students develop practical furniture making skills using hand and machine tools common to the trade. Credits go towards a New Zealand Certificate in Furniture Making.

The units focus on accuracy and quality of finish of timber, as well as health and safety in the workshop. Independence within the workshop and confidence is a significant part of assessment.

Students will learns skills in:

Accuracy in marking out timber:

  • Working in mm students will learn to follow a working drawing
  • Students will learn to use a variety of hand tools for marking out to ensure accuracy in marking out.

Joining timber:

  • To create wider sections with a biscuit machine.
  • To create intricate wood joints: dovetail joints, mortice and tenon, housing joints, halving joints.

Finishing timber:

  • To create a natural finish.
  • To create a high quality finish so that the furniture item is ready to be sold or used.

This course prepares students for trade based apprenticeships. We recommend this to be a 2 year course with students continuing the course on in Year 12 building on skills learnt at year 11. See the Competenz link below for more information.


Learning Areas:



Level 2 Furniture Making (ITO)

Known as Furniture or FTEC.
This course is a workshop course working with timber to make small furniture items.
Possible Careers are: Joinery; Construction; Furniture Making.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Approximately $120.00 for equipment and materials.
We are grateful to families making voluntary payments to assist with course specific costs.

Assessment Information Unit Standards course. No externals.
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