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This hands-on course is designed to provide you with an introduction to essential cabinetmaking techniques using both hand and power tools. Learn about joints, tools tuning, sharpening, assembly, finishing and jig making.

You will be constructing a functional small furniture item with some scope for your personal design input. Other areas may be covered on request.

Course ID BRU1668
Price $535.00 (GST included)
Start date Tuesday, 10 April 2018
Finish date Tuesday, 29 May 2018
Sessions 7 sessions of 3 hours
Time 6.00pm - 9.00pm
Tutor Mirsad Ramic
Location CIT Bruce
Status Module is full.


There will be an additional materials fee of $100 to be paid to the course tutor on the first night. This covers the purchase and preparation of quality exotic wood (eg Rosewood, Tasmanian Oak, Silky Oak, Black Heart Sassafras) required for your furniture project as well as finishing consumables such as abrasive paper and lacquer. This is a cash-only payment and correct change would be appreciated.

You will need to bring your own personal protection gear including goggles, dust mask and ear muffs. If you have your own tools eg chisels and plane, please bring to the class and the tutor will show you how to sharpen them and keep them in good working condition.

NB: There will be no class on 24th April

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"Knowledgeable instructor helpful & generous with information. Absolutely ideal , I was a novice & now have the information to progress independently." Patricia
"Covered a wide variety of skills to develop." Kerry
"Fantastic teacher and clearly very experienced and knowledgeable." Tim
"This course exceeded my expectations. Mirsad is an excellent teacher who engaged the class & explained all points thoroughly." Fiona
"Mirsad is excellent value because of his experience & a lot of one-on-one instruction." Mike
"Teacher was excellent, very knowledgeable & friendly & helpful." Vanessa
"Mirsad was very knowledgeable and helpful. Great!" Leanne

About your tutor:
Born into an ancient woodworking tradition, Mirsad’s earliest connection with woodcraft was as a self- taught sculptor/woodcarver. Coming to Australia, he trained as a Furniture Designer and Maker at ANU School of Art under the late and internationally renowned designer, George Ingham, learning fine Cabinet Making and Machining skills as well as woodworking techniques through experimentation applied to Furniture Design. By 1987 he was working on The New Parliament House Project fitting out the Library, President of the Senate Suite and projects as diverse as spiral staircases, committee rooms and feature doors. In 2005 he won a scholarship to study Scandinavian Design in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Mirsad has 25 years’ experience in the industry, five of those running his own business “Form & Function Furniture”. He has been involved in numerous commercial and domestic projects, including developing a range of unique designs for furniture and interiors. His skills vocabulary covers sculpting, fine hand skills, furniture and joinery manufacturing, architectural joinery and installation as well as furniture design, prototyping and making. He currently teaches woodworking skills to apprentices at CIT Bruce but is also a practising Furniture Designer Maker with a wealth of knowledge and experience of his craft. He is enthusiastic about demystifying woodworking tools and techniques while sharing his passion for the material with students.

Location: CIT Bruce

Address: 35 Vowels Crescent, Bruce

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