Woodwork/Furniture Construction

Why should I study Woodwork/Furniture Construction?

Would you like to design and make your own piece of furniture?

Woodworking is the activity or skill of making items from wood, and includes cabinet making (cabinetry and furniture), wood carvingjoinerycarpentry, and woodturning.

These subjects are for those of you that are DIY enthusiasts! Many people enjoy woodworking as a hobby, but do not know they can make a career out of it. Professional woodworkers make a variety of products, such as furniture, cabinets and other structures for businesses or homes.

Woodworkers typically do the following:

  • understand detailed architectural drawings, schematics, shop drawings and blueprints
  • prepare and set up machines and tooling for woodwork manufacturing
  • operate woodworking machines, including saws and milling and sanding machines
  • ensure that products meet industry standards and project specifications, making adjustments as necessary
  • select and adjust the proper cutting, milling, boring, and sanding tools for completing a job
  • use hand tools to trim pieces or assemble products

Where does Woodwork/Furniture Construction lead?

Career pathways include: Cabinet Maker, Carpenter, Furniture Polisher, Handy Person, Joiner, Timber Machinist, Timber Worker, Upholsterer.

What work will I do in Woodwork/Furniture Construction?

You will complete a design folio, practice and improve your woodwork skills using tools and machines, and research and discuss issues about sustainability and the environment.

What do other students think about Woodwork/Furniture Construction?

I chose Furniture Construction because I love to work with my hands. I can’t sit in front of a laptop or a desk and do paper work – I have to be active. And I love to work with wood, be precise and work efficiently and effectively.


I like to do ‘hands on’ jobs because I love to work with my hands.


I chose Furniture Construction because I wanted to gain more knowledge of different joints and ways to cut wood. I also love working with my hands so it was a good opportunity to get more knowledge and experience to help with my future.


I chose Woodwork to learn more about this work. I like to work with my hands and it will help me find a job in this industry in the future. Even if I change my mind, it is still good for me to have experience of this work, and learn skills I can use in the future.   


Where can I find more information about Woodwork/Furniture Construction?

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