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.

Important News


PFW has now posted a good deal of its 2014 calendar to the website.  Take a look and let us know what interests you.   



Upcoming Classes



Furniture Making Course for BeginnersTotal Beginner 3 - Learn to miter together a plywood case and use bent lamination techniques to form the arched legs of this Mid-Century Modern piece.Thursday evenings, starting April 3.


Woodworking Course to make a Veneered Coffee Table


Modern Veneered Coffee Table - This table is veneered in reconstituted "teak" veneer, which is sufficiently stable to permit its use in a striking checkerboard pattern.  This intermediate level project is offered Tuesday evenings, starting April 9.






Beginner furniture making courseTotal Beginner 2 - Newly added.  Here is a chance to learn solid wood construction using traditional mortise and tenon joinery, and take home a beautiful Pennsylvania black cherry coffee table.  Monday evenings, starting April 14.

Hall Mirror Woodworking Course 



Total Beginner Express - Soho Hall Mirror  - Even if you have never worked with wood, ever, at all, spend one day at PFW and take home this beautiful mirror, which you will have built yourself.  Easter Saturday, April 19.





Basice furniture making tool sharpening courseBasic Sharpening - Hand tools add so much to a project, but if they are not totally sharp, they are only a frustration.  Join us at PFW for one day and learn how to take a tool from dull to totally sharp, in just a few minutes.  Never again choose a tool just because its sharp; choose the correct tool and quickly give it a perfect edge. Saturday, April 26.




Learn the skills of using a plane

Planecraft - Now that your tools are sharp, begin to master the block plane, bench plane and shoulder plane. Work with a tool that measures wood removal in the thousandths of an inch.  Sunday, April 27



Furniture making course - serpentine hall tableSerpentine Hall Table - Designed and built by Mario, this piece will be in American Woodworker magazine this year.  Join us to build this beautiful table, perfect for most any spot in your home. Wednesday evenings, starting may 7.



Beginner furniture making course - jalusta table


Total beginner Express - Jalusta Table - With absolutely no experience, you will successfully build this Scandinavian inspired half round table in just one day.  Mother's Day Saturday, May 10. 


Learn to handcut dovetailsHand Cut Dovetails - Hand cut dovetails are the mark of a skilled furniture maker.  In one weekend we will teach you a proven method of cutting both through and half-blind dovetails.  Weekend of May 17.








PFW's Summer Schedule

PFW has now posted its Summer schedule, and there a number of week-long offerings that are great project pieces.  Please think ahead about your schedule, and let us know as soon as possible of any courses that interest you.  There is a tremendous amount of preparation work for each of these courses, as well as lead time for the acquisition of materials. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Create, while learning, a joiner's workbench

Joiner's Workbench - Redesigned for this Summer's offering, this course is now a 5  day class, and uses the new Veritas tail vise, as well as quarter sawn commercial butcher block of hard maple.  Week of July 7th.  Filled - Please join wait list for possible second session

Learn woodworking skills for Shaker design, tapered legs and curves




City Sideboard - This piece captured the cover of Popular Woodworking Magazine and is a fun build as well as a beautiful addition to any home.  Week of July 21.

Woodworking project for a master level furniture making class




Paris Bureau - Featured in the Master Class section of Fine Woodworking, No. 223,  this bow front, bent lamination bureau is a classic piece.  Week of August 4.

Create a windsor chair at a PFW furniture making course


Windsor Chair - Mario's love of this chair and its design and construction is demonstrated by the wide range of student pieces, each a unique effort.  Week of August 11.

29rg century American studio furniture making course


 Nod to Nakashima - Back by popular demand, here is a chance to build a table in the  style of George Nakashima's important contribution to 20th Century American studio furniture.  Week of August 25. 


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