Furniture Making OpenCourseWare: A Free Bachelor Level Carpentry Course on Furniture Making by MIT

Published Feb 26, 2009

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Have you always wanted to learn how to make your very own rocking chair? If so, MIT's free, online version of 'Furniture Making' might be of interest to you. This undergraduate-level course is intended for students interested in learning how furniture is made and how methods and tools have evolved over the years.

Furniture Making: Course Specifics

Degree LevelFreeAudioVideoDownloads
UndergraduateYes No Yes Yes

Lectures/NotesStudy MaterialsTests/Quizzes
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Furniture Making: Course Description

Designed as a introduction to this exciting field, the 'Furniture Making' OpenCourseWare offers students the opportunity to work on projects of their own choosing. Because the OpenCourseWare materials provided here offer only a portion of what is covered in the on-campus course, this class should only serve as a supplement to your own furniture-making experience. Taught at MIT by Professor Christopher Dewart, this course is taught at the undergraduate level and assumes no prior woodworking or construction background. The history of furniture making in America is discussed and students are taught several woodworking techniques, including the use of hand tools. The most practical portion of the OpenCourseWare materials is a series of video clips which help demonstrate important Furniture Making techniques, such as wood bending and leveling. This course is offered through MIT's Department of Architecture.

This course includes several videos, lecture notes and overviews of course projects and assignments. To learn more, visit the building furniture course page.

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