Design Supervising of Wooden and Modular Furniture


Dillip Mohanta


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Course Name: Design Supervising of Wooden and Modular Furniture


Course Credits: 0-2-0


Course Description


Working in wood to create high quality furniture and units, showing skill and an aesthetic understanding of design and finish.

The course covers the manufacture of free-standing and built-in furniture and units, using wood at the sole or main material. It may include the design of furniture, but normally comprises the creation of furniture and units from designs prepared by others.



Course Objectives


  1. To get general knowledge in wood science and engineering.
  2. To train students for multiple skillsets under the domain of woodwork like Solid wood, Assembly, Panels, Modular Furniture Design.
  3. To prepare students to supervise various machining operations in any woodworking industry.

Course Outcomes


Students will able

  1. To develop manufacturing logic and knowledge.
  2. To become socially responsible, culturally aware, and ethically better citizens of today and tomorrow.

Course Syllabus


Module I: Introduction, Safety, and serviceability, Measurements & Marking 

Introduction to trade: Woodworking, Identification of Timber ( Natural & Synthetic Wood; Boards & Sheets), Wood Characteristics (Structure & Grain Distortion); Safety and serviceability:  The importance of safety, the standard precautions for maintaining personal and tool safety, different PPE equipment’s used in woodworking; Marking Tools: Scriber, try square, marking gauge, punches, etc.; Measuring tools: Foot rule, Steel Tape, fourfold rule, etc.; Cutting Tools: Saws, planes, Chisels, Files, Drills, etc.; Setting, Maintenance & Sharpening of Tools

Practice 1: Safety Rules Every Woodworker Should Know

Practice 2: Woodworking tools and their use


Module II: Jigs, Fixtures & Fasteners 

Work holding devices: Carpentry vice, Workbench, C-clamp, Bar clamp, Bench hook, Bench stop, etc.; Location & Clamping: Various Methods with description; Fasteners: Nails and their uses, different types of screws and their uses, Hinges, Nut & Bolt, Natural adhesives, binders and matrices for wood.

Practice 3: Working with Jigs & Fixtures

Practice 4: Strengthening of wood joints and use of Mechanical fasteners


Module III: Basic Operations 

Sawing Practice: Use of different types of the saw (Ripping, Crosscutting, etc.); Planning Practice: Use of jack plane, trying plane, smoothing planes, etc.; Others: Chipping, Filling, Drilling, Sanding, Staining & Polishing

Practice 5: Cutting, Dressing, and Finishing of wood


Module IV: Advanced Woodworking Machines 

Function, common operations and safety precautions, Care and maintenance of the machines, in brief, like- Panel Saw, Band Saw, Sander, Molder, Mortiser, CNC machine, Bander, Planer, etc.

Practice 6: Maintenance Tips for Woodworking Machines

Practice 7: Processing wood in advanced machine tools


Module V: Wood Joints and Structural Assemblies 

Marking and Making- Mortise-tenon Joint (bridle joints, oblique double bareface, double hanched etc.), Dovetail Joints, Broadening joints (Lap Joints, Simple butt, glue butt, doweled rebutted, secret screw butt joint, tongued and grooved, butt feather, tongued and grooved joints etc., Lengthening joints: Simple scarf, beveled scarf, table scarf, sloping scarf with wedged, etc.

Practice 8: Designing & Crafting wooden joints


Module VI: Process Planning 

Development & Reading of drawings; Developing manufacturing logic and knowledge, Preparation of Bill of materials simple estimation and costing, preparation of operation chart, process sheet, Time estimation

Practice 9: Planning Process & Techniques


Module VII: Product Development 

Practice 10: Marking and making of

  1. Simple furniture like plain notice board, mini stool (straight legged)
  2. Chalk box, Tea tray, or office tray
  3. Book rack, Stool (Standard height, taper legged) Taper frame, plain table
  4. Modern Cabinet
  5. TV Stand & Unit

Session Plan


Session 1:  Introduction, Safety, and Serviceability


Session 2: Measurements & Marking


Session 3: Jigs, Fixtures


Session 4: Fasteners


Session 5, 6 & 7: Basic Woodworking


Assignment 1

To be given by the subject teacher based on the content covered.


Session 8, 9 & 10: Advanced Woodworking Machines


Session 11: Wood Joints


Assignment 2

To be given by the subject teacher based on the content covered.


Session 12 & 13: Process Planning


Session 14 & 15: Creative Ideas


Assignment 3

To be given by the subject teacher based on the content covered.

Text Books:

1. Garg S. K., "Comprehensive Workshop Technology (Manufacturing Processes)”, Laxmi Publishers.

2. Feirer J.L., “Furniture and Cabinet Making”, Bennett Publishing Company.


Reference Books:

1. John K.C., “Mechanical Workshop Practice", PHI Learning.

2. Johnson R., “Great Book of Woodworking Projects”, Fox Chapel Publishing.

Course Outline Prepared by  Prof. D. Mohanta                   

Source of Reference: NSQF, Level 5, Construction -Sector

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