With a coffee table, jewellery box, hall table and cutting board under his belt, Daniel Vodicar turned to theory for the HSC Industrial Technology exam yesterday.
The Keira High School student created the furniture over his years of study, making the coffee table for his major work as part of the timber products and furniture technologies subject.
It now sits at home among the other pieces of furniture he has made.
‘‘I looked around the house and saw what we need,’’ the 17-year-old said.
‘‘I’m not going to make something I’m not going to use. My family loved it.
‘‘‘I like working with timber and it was mainly the practical part I was interested in.
‘‘I struggled with some of the joinery as you have to make sure it’s square, which can be a struggle at times.’’
As for the exam itself, Daniel found it was ‘‘not too bad’’.
‘‘I think I did well,’’ he said. ‘‘The easiest question asked to name two types of plantation timbers that could be used to construct a cabinet.’’
Next year, Daniel plans to take a gap year to figure out what to do in his future.
Working with NSW Fire and Rescue has been the most appealing job to him so far.
‘‘It’s the dream job and it’s a difficult career to get into,’’ he said.
‘‘I prefer straining myself physically as opposed to mentally.’’
Industrial arts teacher Brian Wright said Daniel had a lot of options for the future.
‘‘He’s a very smart kid, top of the class,’’ he said.
The questions in the exam were ‘‘fairly typical’’ with the multiple choice section the hardest part.
‘‘You have to read three books to get all of these answers.
‘‘Overall, I think the questions were fair and relevant to both the subject and what they need...to go ahead in the future.’’
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