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

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Woodworking School,
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.


Upcoming Winter Classes

Furniture Making Course for Asian Influenced Stool Asian Influenced Stool - Martin Luther King weekend gives us a 3 day weekend to offer this interesting course.  Filled with curves and angles, join us build a comfortable, light weight, stool.  Jan. 17-19


Learn loose tenon and sliding dovetail joinery at a PFW Woodworking CourseRuhlmann Pedestal Table - Ruhlmann was a French designer active in the first part of the 20th century.  This table is Mario's interpretation of his work.  This course covers veneering, inlay work,  loose tenon and sliding dovetail joinery.  8 Tues. evenings, starting Jan. 20

Learn to hand cut dovetail joints at a PFW woodworking Course
Hand Cut Dovetails
- Add to your woodworking chops by learning the correct way t
o hand cut this critical joint.  Weekend of Jan. 24.


Learn to make a smoothing plane at a PFW furniture making courseBuild a Smoothing Plane - One weekend and you will have built a high quality smoothing plane, with the design details chosen by you, the student.  Weekend of Feb. 7.


Learn to make cabinets at a PFW woodworking course
Modern Cabinetmaking
- Have those European adjustable cup hinges got you a bit baffled?  Having trouble building a drawer to accommodate the new, soft close, under-mount slides? This course will teach you the essential skills and techniques necessary to build kitchen cabinets or vanities. Join us for the three day Presidents' Day weekend of Feb. 14.

Learn the furniture making techniques to construct a Bookcase


Arts and Crafts Bookcase - The is Gustav Stickley's #74 bookcase, well regarded by all who are fond of the American Arts and Crafts style of furniture.  This is a build that will teach you a few things as well as send you home you with a fine piece of furniture. Weekend of Feb. 21.



A beginner course in woodworking where you lear to make a coffee tableTotal Beginner 2 - This is a continuation of our Total Beginner series of courses which are designed to incrementally increase your woodworking skills in a safe and efficient manner.  6 Thursday evenings, starting Feb. 26.

Basic Woodworking for the Beginner - Do you live too far from Philadelphia to attend an evening class?  Then this two weekend course is for you.  Come with zero experience, and go home with a great coffee table; the same one we build in our Total Beginner 2 course. Weekends of March 7 and 14.

Other courses are on calendar as well for the Winter season.  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