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

Router Basics 2 - Anytime we can work with a router either handheld or mounted in a router table, we will default to the router table.  It is a safer and more accurate way to work.  Unlock the router table's secrets with this two evening course.  Nov. 17 and 24

Keepsake Box - Build a holiday present you can be proud of.  This delightful small box is a great way to make an impression on someone important to you.  Weekend of Dec. 6.

Woodworking Course for Tool SharpeningBasic Sharpening - One of the most important courses that we offer.  Hand tools are great, but only if they are really sharp.  Learn how to sharpen quickly and effectively!  Saturday, Jan 3, 2015

- Now that you can sharpen a plane iron, learn which plane to use and how to use the three basic types of planes:  block, bench, and shoulder.  Sunday, Jan. 4

Woodworking course for the person that has never worked with wood
Total Beginner Express -  Jalusta table
- This course, taught over two evenings, is designed for the person who has never worked with wood.  Really!  See if woodworking is your sport, and go home with a beautiful, small table.  Jan. 5 and 6, Monday and Tuesday evenings

Total Beginner 1
- This class is designed to put the new woodworker on virtually every machine in our shop,  At the end of 7 weeks, you will have the beginnings of a woodworking education, and be the owner of a well built bookcase.  7 Thursday evenings, starting Jan. 8.

Furniture Making course with techniques to make a hearth bench

Hearth Bench
- A busy weekend will land you a bench that doubles as an hors dourves table. In the process you will pick up some skills with hand tools and machines.  Weekend of Jan. 10

Total Beginner Express - Shaker Coat Rack
- For the absolute novice woodworker, this project based course provides exposure to the tools and methods used by woodworkers.  This class is a quick way to seed if woodworking is for you.  Monday and Tuesday evenings, Jan. 13 & 14.

Woodworking Course, learn to make a stool with curves and angles
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 weightstool.  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 ce ntury.  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 CourseHand Cut Dovetails
- Add to your woodworking chops by learning the correct way t
o hand cut this critical joint.  Weekend of Jan. 24


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