Colleges and Universities Offering Certificate in Woodwork(Woodwork) in South Africa

  • Course Name: Certificate in Woodwork(Woodwork)
  • Major Subject: Woodwork
  • Course Category: Certificate Courses

Institutions Offering Certificate in Woodwork(Woodwork)

  • Mercury School of Woodwork, Cape Town   
    Beginner's woodwork course

    (a) Workshop Safety

    (b) Basic measuring tools and their uses

    (c) Cutting tools – hand

    (i) Tenon Saw

    (ii) Chisels


    (d) Hammers:

    (i) Claw Hammer

    (ii) Panel Pin Hammer

    (iii) Chisel Mallet

    (e) Screwdrivers and Screws

    (f) Posidriv

    (g) Drill Bits

    (i) Twist drills – pilot holes

    (h) Nails

    (i) Common nails

    (ii) Finishing nails (panel pins)


    (i) Materials

    (i) Softwoods

    (ii) grain direction

    (j) Projects – A potstand (trivet) project is undertaken in Lesson


    Intermediate woodwork course

    Course content


    (a) Cutting tools – hand

    (i) Panel Saw

    (ii) Tenon Saw

    (iii) Chisels

    (iv) Carpet Knife

    (v) Coping saw

    (vi) Fret Saw


    (b) Clamping Tools

    (i) G- clamps

    (ii) Sash clamps

    (iii) Corner clamps

    (iv) Edging clamps

    (v) Speed clamps

    (vi) Woodwork vice


    (c) Screwdrivers

    (i) Straight

    (ii) Philips

    (iii) Posidriv

    (iv) Torx

    (v) Robertson (square drive)


    (d) Drill Bits

    (i) High Speed Steel (HSS)Twist drills

    (ii) Brad-point bit

    (iii) Spade bit

    (iv) Countersink bit

    (v) Auger bit

    (vi) Forstner bit

    (vii) Masonry bits

    (e) Screws

    (i) Screw driver (Slotted, Philips, Robertson )

    (ii) Screw heads (Round head, count sunk )


    (f) Materials

    (i) Softwoods > grain direction

    (ii) Hardwoods > grain direction


    (g) Demonstrations and discussions on hand power tools – routers,
    sanding machines (in-line, disk, rotary, finishing), jig saws, portable circular saws etc





    (h) Demonstrations and discussions on standing power tools – table
    saw, radial arm saw, surfacer/thicknesser, band saw, scroll saw, column drill, chisel morticer



    Advanced woodwork course

    Course content

    (i) Pocket Hole Joinery

    (ii) Biscuit Wafer Joinery

    (iii) Mortise and Tenon Joints

    (iv) Particle Board Cupboard Making

    (v) Use of concealed (Cupboard) Hinges

    (vi) Mirror and Picture Frames
  • Finikiti Woodworks, Benoni   
    (a) Basic woodwork course


    Course content

    (i) Safety

    (ii) The work area

    (iii) Purchasing tools

    (iv) Selecting the right tool for the job

    (v) Care, maintenance & storage of tools

    (vi) The correct usage of tools


    (b) Intermediate woodwork course


    Course content

    (i) Hand cutting tools

    (ii) Clampig tools

    (iii) Drill, drivers and bits

    (iv) Fasteners

    (v) Adhesives

    (vi) Finishes including stains

    (vii) Materials

    (viii) Demonstrations and discussions on hand powered tools



    (c) Advanced woodwork course


    Course content


    (a) Joints


    (b) Joinery

    (i) Dowels

    (ii) Biscuits

    (iii) Loose tenon

    (iv) loose tongue and groove

    (v) Corner blocks – wood and steel

    (vi) Pocket hole joinery

    (vii) Plastic framing

    (viii) Cam pins and screw inserts

    (c) Boxes

    (i) Open

    (ii) Loose lids

    (iii) Hinged


    (c) Cupboards and carcasses

    (i) Modern kitchen units and BIC’s – types, sizes and materials

    (ii) Cottage styles


    (d) Cupboards


    (i) Hinges and their installation

    (ii) Hanging the doors

    (iii) Fitting handles and knobs



    (e) Materials

    (i) Types

    (ii) Cutting lists for suppliers

    (iii) Standard dimensions used

    (iv) Edging

    (v) Computer software for designs, cutting lists among others



    (f) Standing machinery

    (i) Pedestal drill

    (ii) Table saw

    (iii) Mitre / compound saw

    (iv) Band saw

    (v) Radial arm saw

    (vi) Thicknesser / jointer

    (vii) Rotary sander

    (viii) Belt sand

    (ix) Spindle sander



    We also offer wood carving lessons

    Topics covered


    (i) Work area, devices and safety

    (ii) Wood suited to different styles and types of carving

    (iii) Tools and resources

    (iv) Types and styles of wood carving

    (v) Finishing techniques




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