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Certificate in Furniture Making

This course teaches learners safe machine and tool handling techniques, as well as wood working methods for the construction of (i) a table shelf and (ii) an ergonomically designed stool for offices and homes.  Participants will learn wood working skills such as measuring and marking, cutting, veneering, assembly and finishing.  They will have the opportunity to acquire these skills in a fully equipped woodworking workshop.

Module 1 - DIY Lifestyle Object 
(8 sessions x 3 hours)

Learners will be introduced to the techniques of basic wood cutting, construction and finishing. They will be taught safety procedures when handling tools and machinery, and familiarisation of woodworking tools such as drills, power tools and accessible accessories. Using the skills acquired, learners will construct a functional table shelf.

Module Content:
• Safety procedures when handling tools and machinery
• Technical drawing: measuring and marking out on wood
• Techniques of cutting and pre-construction
• Construction and joinery
• Assembly
• Finishing and sanding

Module 2 - Stool Making 
(8 sessions x 3 hours)

Learners will construct an ergonomically designed stool. They will be taught relevant safety procedures when handling more advance tools and machinery. They will also be familiarised with woodworking tools such as drills, power tools and accessible accessories related to the construction of stools. Learners will acquire skills of cutting, tapering, shaping, veneering as well as varied techniques of stool finishing and sanding.

Module Content:
• Safety procedures when handling tools and machinery related to construction of stools
• Ergonomics of stool design and measurement
• Techniques of cutting, tapering and shaping of legs
• Construction and joinery
• Assembly
• Finishing and sanding

Our Trainers

Clifford Patrick Tailford has vast experience and knowledge in the areas of furniture making and woodworking in a workshop environment. He is a master in the trade of furniture making, and his passion and love for wood are a testimony of his long association with anything made with wood. He has been in education for 40 years with various educational institutions in Singapore and has been with NAFA for the past 20 years. He is currently teaching in the Certificate course in Furniture Making at the Centre for Lifelong Education. Professionally, he was the Chief for Staging at the then Singapore Broadcasting Corporation and oversaw many set-ups for local television productions.

Course Information

Course Schedule
July 2023 intake 
3 July – 29 October 2023
• Every Tuesday, 7pm – 10pm (FULL)
• Every Thursday, 7pm – 10pm (FULL)

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Training Subsidies / Benefit

• SkillsFuture Credit
• NTUC Union Training Assistance Programme

Application Information

July 2023 intake 
Application opens from 8 May to 4 Jun 2023

Customised Programmes

Transform and energise your organisation with us! Whether it is infographics or art therapy, we can work with your budget to create a programme to suit your needs. Email us at [email protected] or call +65 6512 1388.

Information for Learners

CLE Office is located at NAFA Campus 1, Tower Block (Level 9).

We are open from Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays).

Operating hours:
9.30am - 12.30pm; 2.00pm - 5.00pm.

CLE office will be closed in the afternoon of 25 May 2023 (Thur), from 3pm – 5pm for an internal event. During this time, we would not be available to attend to any walk-ins, phone calls or emails.

CLE office will resume operations on 26 May 2023 (Fri), 9.30am.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

Available Subsidies:
SkillsFuture Credit
*SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy Credits are not applicable for all courses offered by our Centre
National Silver Academy (NSA)
NTUC Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)

For any enquiries or assistance, please contact us:
Email: [email protected]
Hotline: 6512 1388