Kuva: Skills Finland / Tuomas Mikkonen
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Overall Description of the Skill Category
The competition task is to make a basic piece of furniture such as a table, chair, cabinet, cupboard etc. The competitors have to be able to use the basic woodwork machinery and hand tools appropriately and safely, and also schedule the phases of the working process. The finished work has to be dimensionally accurate and meet the quality requirements.
The product is made at the competition site of the available materials in accordance with the given drawings and instructions. The competition is based on the requirements of both Vocational Qualification in Wood Processing and Vocational Qualification in Crafts and Design. The competition tasks are based on the requirements and the assessment criteria of “Excellent” (3) of these vocational qualifications.
Form of Competition
A successful competitor has to master the basics of both Vocational Qualification in Wood Processing and Vocational Qualification in Crafts and Design:
- machining, fitting, assembly and finishing tasks in the furniture industry
- basic CNC programming
- technical drawings and specifications
- occupational safety
- making wood products
- customer-oriented production
- basics of entrepreneurship
- basics of sustainable development
- occupational ergonomics
Competition tasks at the finals and the time allotted to perform them
- A cabinet or a drawer, including moving parts with industrial fittings
- A CNC part 10-20% of the assessment, the contents being developed more versatile
- Includes solid wood and veneered parts
The competitors receive drawings and both written and oral instructions. First, the competitor makes a list of the parts according to the drawings, and calculates the material costs of the product based on the given material prices. If the list of the parts gets approved by the judges, the competitor can start making the product with the materials and equipment provided by the organizer.
If the competitor endangers himself/herself or the audience, the performance can be interrupted by the judges.
The competitors have 19 hours to complete their task. Lunch is served according to a different schedule and lunch is not part of the daily competition time.
- Competition Day 1: 7,5 h
- Competition Day 2: 8,5 h
- Competition Day 3: 3,0 h
The jury ranks the competitors by giving each competitor a set of points. The competitors are graded and ranked according to CIS Marking System with a 100 point maximum. The grading is partly modular and includes both subjective and objective targets, in ratio of about 50% / 50%.
Assessment areas and assessment criteria
Measured objects - 50 p
- dimensional accuracy of joints and parts
- making the product according to the drawings
List of parts and calculation task - 10 p
- list of parts is in agreement with the drawings
- material costs
Use of machinery, tools and materials - 15 p
- safe and controlled use of machinery and tools
- economical use of the materials
Occupational safety - 5 p
- personal occupational safety and activity
Fine-tuning and functionality - 20 p
- general impression
Machines, equipment and materials
Each competitor has his/her own working area and workbench.
The competitor is provided with basic woodwork machinery, a CNC Machining Unit and basic portable power tools. The competitor is allowed to bring along his/her own power tools and equipment. The jury has the right to limit the use of competitor’s own tools if it seems that they are clearly easing the working process.
The organizer provides materials for the task. The materials are class A timber and veneered MDF-board / chipboard.
Materials and equipment the competitors must bring along
- a safe and appropriate working outfit, hearing protectors, goggles
- hand tools
- measuring instruments
- a pencil, an eraser, a calculator
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