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.

News and Notes  

Mario hits a triple-  Mario has been busy! His Pullman desk made the cover of  the June/July issue American Woodworker magazine.  His modern veneered coffee table was featured in the August issue of Popular Woodworking. And his version of Julia Child's kitchen table made it into Fine Woodworking Magazine's August issue.

Sample woodworking projects

Upcoming Classes


Learn to create a Paris Bureau at a PFW furniture making classParis Bureau - This piece was the subject of a Master Class article by Alan in FineWoodworking and is built using shop made jigs in unusual ways.  This piece teaches the sliding dovetail drawer joint, the bent lamination technique, and an unusual way of gluing up a drawer.  Week of August 4.


Learn to steam bend and turn wood at a woodworking courseWindsor Chair - Among the things that still intrigue Mario is the building of various styles of Windsor chairs.  Join us for some steam bending, turning and seat scooping.  Week of August 11, and weekend of September 27.



A course in woodworking, make a jointer's workbenchJoiner's Workbench - The first session of this course filled, and so we added a second session for the week of August 18.  If you want to build and own a very fine, built-for-life bench, then join us for a week of serious woodworking.




Woodworking and furntiure making courses, Nod to NakashimaNod to Nakashima - The late George Nakashima's tables can be found in homes, galleries, and museums around the world. PFW's offering is a tribute to his enduring designs.  We source the best slabs we can find, and each student ends up a unique creation.  Week of August 25.


Woodwoodworking and furniture making coursesPortsmouth Card Table- Consider joining us for one of our most popular Master Classes, the Portsmouth card table.  This class runs once a month for 5 months and includes some homework.  When complete, this piece will grace your home and demonstrate an exceptional level of craftsmanship.  Starting weekend of September 13.


Other courses are on calendar as well for the Summer and Fall.  Please join us at PFW for a great learning experience.


 We hope to see you soon at PFW.

Alan Turner
Mario Rodriguez



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