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.
Gift Certificates- Consider a PFW gift certificate for the woodworker in your life. Ours can be purchased for any PFW course or any dollar amount and are valid indefinitely. We can handle the entire transaction by phone and email; what could be faster or easier?
Upcoming Woodworking Courses to Develop Your Woodworking Techniques at PFW - a Furniture Making School.
Attend a furniture making course at PFW. What could be better than picking up some new skills. A sampling is below, but please check our calendar.
Techniques in Veneering - Like the title suggests, learn veneering using a full range of differing techniques, from hot hide glue to a yellow glue iron on technique that Mario wrote about in a Fine Woodworking article some years ago. Veneering is a great way to work with beautiful woods. Weekend of April 20.
Small shop workbench- Alan's compact workbench (an upcoming article in Woodcraft magazine) is filling up nicely. This is a perfect Spring time class for anyone with limited space in their workshop. 4 spots left.
Total Beginner Express Step stool- This is the 3rd of our new series. Join us for a great one-day class- and take home a beautiful stool. Saturday, May 4
Shellac- this one-half day workshop will introduce woodworkers to the friendliest finish on the planet. It's almost impossible to mess this one up. Students will learn how to purchase, prepare, apply, and store this remarkable finish. Mario's article on Shellac is slated to appear in FWW's July issue. Sunday morning, May 5.
Measuring and Marking- If you can't lay out a joint, you sure can't cut it. Alan will outline and demonstrate the essential tools for crisp, precise measurements. Sunday afternoon, May 5.
Mortise- and-tenon- Learn how to design and execute precise mortise and tenon joints, in all its configurations and variations. Spend the morning learning the hand cut methods; the afternoon will cover nearly a dozen ways to machine cut mortises and tenons. Mother's Day Saturday, May 11
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