5212 Pulaski Ave.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19144
Philadelphia Furniture Workshop

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Woodworking School,
Furniture Making Courses

Welcome to Philadelphia Furniture Workshop, a tax exempt, nonprofit, 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.

Upcoming Winter and Spring 2016

 A woodworking course for the total beginner
Total Beginner 1 - This class is designed for the beginning woodworker with little or no experience.  The class starting Thursday evening, January 7, quickly filled, so we added a second class, to meet on Wednesday evenings, starting on January 6, 2016, and that filled as well.  Now we have added a class on seven consecutive Tuesday mornings beginning March 1, 2016.  If you are interested, please contact us via email or phone.

A course in basic sharpening of woodworking tools

Basic Sharpening - No matter how much you spend on your tools, if they're not sharp, they won't work! Learn how to get from dead dull to razor sharp in minutes.  This one-day workshop covers the proper preparation, sharpening, and honing of plane irons, chisels, marking knives, carving tools, cabinet scrapers, and turning gouges.  We are now taking registrations for the Basic Sharpening class on April 16, 2016.

Hand Plane Course for Woodworking
Planecraft - This is a one day crash course on hand plane basics.  Examine the different types of hand planes and learn how to select the right one for the job.  Learn to prepare your blades and cutters to razor sharpness.  Learn proper and effective techniques to get the most enjoyment - and the best results - from hand planing.  Sunday, January 10, 2016, and also on April 17.

Furniture Making Tools and Techniques - 4 drawer chest

Craftsman's Tool Chest - Woodworkers can always use a small, accessible cabinet to store their frequently used tools, measuring devices, and supplies.  Or, you can use it as a jewelry chest and quickly please a good friend. Here is a compact chest fitted with 4 drawers to accommodate a wide range of small items used routinely in a typical shop day. This handsome piece was a feature article in No. 165, American Woodworker Magazine, April 2013.  The class will be taught over three consecutive days January 16, 17, and 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend). 


Learn to make hand cut dovetails

Hand Cut Dovetails - The dovetail joint in all its variations is considered the benchmark of fine furniture and solid construction. This is the joint that separates the masterpiece from the mundane. Learn the process and skills to execute beautiful hand cut dovetails with confidence and ease.  The class is next offered the weekend  of January 30 and 31, 2016.
Furniture Making Techniques to construct a tilt top candlestand

Tilt Top Candlestand - These small versatile stands were a mainstay in the colonial home.  When horizontal, the top would hold a candle, book or a beverage.  When not in use, the top could be moved to a vertical position and stored in a corner without taking up a lot of space.  Students will turn the column, fashion sliding dovetails to attach the legs, make the top and construct the tilting mechanism. This class is intended for intermediate woodworkers and will improve basic machine and hand-tool skills. The class is offered over three consecutive days February 13, 14, and 15, 2016 including the President's Day holiday.  

Basic Woodworking Class for the BeginnerBasic Woodworking for the Beginner - This two weekend class is geared to the novice woodworker.  During the class the student will learn the safe operation of stationary wood-working machinery, the effective use and maintenance of basic hand tools, the fundamentals of milling rough hardwood, as well as obtaining an understanding of the nature of wood movement and how it impacts the design of a project.  At the completion of the class, each student will leave with a completed trestle base coffee table made from Pennsylvania black cherry hardwood. The class is offered over two consecutive weekends:  February 27-28 and March 5-6, 2016.


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.

Alan Turner
Mario Rodriguez

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