Practical Woodworking Skills

Areas of Study

Flat-frame Construction:
Pupils will develop skills, knowledge and understanding in the use of woodworking tools and in making woodworking joints and assemblies commonly used in flat-frame joinery, involving complex features. Pupils will also develop their ability to read and use drawings and diagrams depicting both familiar and unfamiliar woodwork tasks

Carcase Construction
Pupils will develop skills, knowledge and understanding in the use of woodworking tools and in making woodworking joints and assemblies commonly used in carcase construction, involving complex features. This may include working with manufactured board or with frames and panels. Pupils will also use working drawings or diagrams in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts that require some interpretation on their part.

Machining and Finishing
Pupils will develop skills, knowledge and understanding in using machine and power tools. Pupils also develop skills in a variety of woodworking surface preparations and finishing techniques

Skills Developed

  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Safe Working Practices
  • Time Management and Problem Solving skills
  • Analysing
  • Evaluating
  • Lateral Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Adapting
  • Taking Initiative
  • Measurement
  • Time
  • Money

Famous people who have used practical woodwork to get ahead in life include:

Harrison Ford
Norman L. Abram is an American carpenter known for his work on the PBS television programs This Old House and The New Yankee Workshop.
John Makepeace OBE, is a British furniture designer and maker.
David Albert Charles Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon styled as Viscount Linley until 2017 and known professionally as David Linley, is a furniture maker and the former chairman of the auction house Christie's UK.

Jobs Connected To Practical Woodworking Skills

  • Joinery
  • Plumbing
  • Tool making
  • Construction
  • Sheet Metal Work
  • Farm work
  • Sawmill Work
  • Blacksmithing
  • Pipe fitting
  • Machining
  • Furniture Manufacturing
  • Welding
  • Shop Fitting
  • Cabinet Making
  • Craft Work