Furniture Making Courses
Welcome to Philadelphia Furniture Workshop, a full service teaching studio for those interested in woodworking. PFW's goal is to provide a broad range of hands-on classes for woodworkers of all levels, including beginners. Throughout the year, furniture making courses are offered on weekends and in the evenings. In the summer, PFW offers week-long project based courses targeted to differing skill levels at our woodworking school. Come work in one of the finest shops while learning both beginning and advanced skills.
Current woodworking instruction tends to primarily focus on either machine work or hand work, and many woodworkers tend to embrace either one or the other at the beginning. This singular approach can limit the scope of one’s work, and one might never develop his full creative potential. Here at PFW our goal is to open doors for our students, not close them. We believe that the most enjoyable and successful woodworking is achieved by striking a balance. We teach the use of machinery and power tools for the preparatory and mechanical aspects of a project in order to achieve the best results in a safe and efficient manner, and then turn to hand tools and other traditional techniques. It is these hand tool methods that permit the distinctive details and refinements which will elevate your project from the common to the outstanding.
So no matter your skill level, interest, or direction as a woodworker, the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop has much to offer. Come join us and learn furniture making and woodworking skills in a supportive and invigorating studio environment. Our school provides instruction in furniture making such as woodturning course or lathe woodturning techniques, how to use a plane (planecraft), tablesaw techniques, mortise and tenon joint classes, dovetail classes, techniques in veneering, chisel techniques, and instruction in finishing such as French Polishing and Oil and Varnish. There are many more woodworking courses so check our calendar to see them all.
Do you have a small workshop that is in need of a workbench. Consider taking our Small Shop Workbench Building Course. At the course the student builds an adjustable height workbench that is 24 inches wide, five foot long and has a top of hard maple at 1-3/4" thick. Check our calendar for when it is offered.
Build a Grinder Rig - Remember our basic sharpening course and the easy-to-use grinder rig you used? Join us on Father's Day Saturday, bring a grinder, and go home your own grinder rig that will work just as well as the one you used at PFW. Saturday, June 20.
Windsor Chair, July 6-10 & Aug 8-9. Building a Windsor is an amazing and unique experience. Most of our work involves the pursuit of flat, straight, and square. There isn't a single 90 degree angle on a Windsor. It's all about testing the strengths of your materials, sharpening your basic handtools skills, and liberating yourself to explore new design ideas. This course will forever change your approach to woodworking.
Joiners Workbench, July 13-17. At PFW we've been building benches for 10 years and have finally come up with a design that would be hard to beat. It has a full-size ( 28" x84") butcher block top, a traditional mortise and tenon knock-down base, quality face vise and the Veritas quick action tail vise assembly. We promise, you will never have to replace this bench, but you might want to build a second one.
Philadelphia Tool Chest, July 20-25. This compact, but commodious chest was designed to organize, showcase, and protect your most prized hand tools. It's large enough to hold the tools you use on a daily basis and small enough to sit on your workbench.
Made of solid mahogany, this chest has through dovetailed corners, a large drawer, top-quality knife hinges, and other traditional hardware.
Nod to Nakashima, Aug 3-7. It's not about worshiping the "sacred wany edge" of the slab. In this class, we examine basic ideas of proportion, balance, positive and negative relationships, while exploring the natural beauty of your material. I am continually surprised at the striking variety and the amazing beauty of our student's tables. This project will sharpen your appreciation for the beautiful work of George Nakashima.
Modern Armchair, Aug 17-21. This Mid-century armchair was inspired by the work of Hans Wegner, the premier Danish chairmaker and designer; and recently appeared in FWW's Reader's Gallery (issue # 245).
There are 2 primary techniques employed in its construction: a table saw-carved seat, using a novel method developed by Robert Marquis. The other is a 20-piece lamination for the back.
There's also a little carving and shaping of the glued-up back and some turning on the lathe. Chairs are typically an intimidating aspect of woodworking. Come join us and conquer your fears.
Other courses are on calendar as well. Please join us at PFW for a great learning experience.
We look forward to seeing you soon at PFW.
Notice -- In administering its affairs, educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, and other school programs, Philadelphia Furniture Workshop does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status (special disabled veterans, disabled veterans and Vietnam-era veterans), or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law or local law.
Philadelphia Furniture Workshop
A Woodworking School for PA, NJ, NY, DE & MD
Woodworking Classes and Furniture Making Courses for those in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Maryland
5212 Pulaski Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19144