Woodwork Projects Junior Cert Analysis Essay

Materials Technology Wood

Student Information

MTW (Material Technology Wood)

What will I learn in MTW?
Some of the things you will learn include:

• How to design a project given a brief description of what you are to make

• How to use the internet for researchpurposes

• How to use freehand sketching to communicate your ideas

• How to prepare a design drawing/plan of a project you design

• How to read design drawings and make small projects from these drawings

• How to safely use a range of hand and power tools in producing your design.

Is learning MTW anything like what I did in primary school?

You will be building upon the drawing work you did in Visual Arts. You may already havelearned a lot about wood as a material as partof your work in Science. You may also havelearned about trees as part of the natural environment and as a habitat in both Geography and Science.The skills youdeveloped when designing and makingthings in Science will also be very helpful inMTW.You will also use your mathematical skills quite a lot. 

Video Lesson

Timber Seasoning video

3rd Year Materials Technology Wood.

Folder headings.


  • Folders should be typed where possible.
  • Make use of colour to enhance the quality of the folder.
  • Make good use of sketches and drawings for extra marks.
  • You should show that you carried out a large amount of research related to the project.
  • You should show that you planned your project well.
  • Try to keep writing/font the same throughout the folder.
  • Include a header and footer on all pages if possible.

Cover Page.

  • Have a good photo or sketch of your project on this page.
  • Place your name and exam number on this page.
  • Put your subject on this page too.
Table of contents.

  • A list of all the headings and their page numbers.

  • Give a brief explanation as to why you choose this project.
Design Brief

·         Re-write the Department of Education Design Brief that was given to you by your teacher.Cloud/spider diagram

  • Pick out the main key words/areas of the brief and use a diagram to explore and explain what they mean.
Analysis of brief

  • Give an explanation of what you have to do and why. –“ I need to figure out the key areas to focus on because........”
  • Give a list of the key points you need to know – from the type of timber to the finish etc.
  • Write out as many questions as you can related to the project for example: what wood will I use? Etc...
  • It is important to mention safety here – safety in relation to the tools you use and safety in relation to the design of the project.
  • Mention also and sketch where possible research related to Tools used, possible woodwork Joints used, finishes and the finishing process and types of adhesives.
Research and investigation

  • Say where you went looking for information to help you with your design.
  • Use as many sources as possible.
  • Answer all of the questions from the analysis of brief.
Design ideas

  • Complete at least 6 sketches of different projects related to the one you choose.
  • They must be similar but should also show progression from one to the other.
  • You must add colour or shading.
  • Add notes on how it might be made.
  • Add reasons as to why you did/did not decide to make it
  • Add the advantages and disadvantages of your different designs.
Final design

  • A good 3d sketch of your final design.
  • It must have rough measurements.
  • It must have notes saying how it is made.
  • It must have the advantages written down also the reason for choosing that particular project.
Working drawing

  • Complete on a3 paper, the plan, elevation and end-view of your project with measurements and notes.
Cutting list

  • Complete a table similar to the one provided.
  • Give the names of all the pieces of timber you need.
  • Give the measurements(in mm), type of timber and quantities.

Plan of manufacture

  • This is a rough plan of how you will make the project.
  • Say what you plan to do in Month1, Month2 and Month 3.
Manufacture process

  • Keep a weekly diary of how you are making the project, say what you did in one week, and say what you plan to do the next week. Put in diagrams and photographs here if possible.

  • Analyse your finished project, say what you would change, mention and problems you came across,....use some of the following pointers to assist you.
  • I would change......
  • I am happy with........because...
  • If I was doing the project again I would........
  • I am not happy with........
  • I am not happy with the way............worked out
  • I found......hard to do
  • I found....easy to do

  • Conclude the folder by mentioning how you found the overall experience of designing and making the project, use some of the following pointers to assist you.
  • I learned how to...
  • I improved at......
  • I learnt new things like....
  • I found out how to......
  • I realise the importance of planning.......
  • I got better at........

What's on the Junior certificate Materials Technology Wood course

  • Adhesives
  • Carving
  • Choice of Materials
  • Conversion
  • Design
  • Disease & Defects
  • Drawing Question
  • Finishes
  • Health & Safety
  • Joints & Jointing
  • Manufactured Boards
  • Plastics
  • Power Tools
  • Processing Wood
  • Rainforests & Deforestation
  • Seasoning
  • Sharpening
  • Tools
  • Trees & Growth
  • Veneering & Laminating
  • Woodturning  

What's the Junior certificate MTW exam like?

35% of your junior cert grade comes from your project where you will research, design and build an object according to a brief released in February. Your teacher gets a list of three possible woodwork projects in February. You choose one and your project should contain;

  • An analysis of the selected brief
  • Investigation/research
  • Development of design ideas
  • Sketches, notations, working drawings
  • Manufacture of chosen solution 
  • Evaluation of design and project

Then for the written paper; Section A has 20 short questions of which you will be marked out of your best 16. Section B has 5 long questions of which you must do three. The exam last for 2 hours. 

Any tips for doing well in Junior certificate Woodwork  ?

Make sure to put a lot of work into your project as it is worth 43% (higher) and 50% (ordinary) of your final grade. Get it done early – it’s an opportunity to earn marks in advance of the exam, so don’t leave it until the exams are around the corner, as it won’t receive the attention it deserves.

Download the Junior certificate Materials Technology Wood (MTW) Syllabus

Download the Junior cert Materials Technology Wood Chief examiner's report (2009) 

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