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

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Woodworking School,
Furniture Making Courses

Welcome to Philadelphia Furniture Workshop, a tax exempt, nonprofit, 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.

Summer is over!

The warm weather and lazy days of summer are coming to an end but the shop at PFW is just starting to heat up.  Now is the time to plan your Fall activities. Here at PFW, we've put together a great line up of challenging project and technique classes, both for the beginner and the more advanced woodworker.

Our classes are small, with a great student-teacher ratio. Everyone gets plenty of attention. Our shop is beautifully equipped with professional quality machines and are maintained to the highest standard.

Your shop experience will be unmatched.  You'll learn plenty in a safe shop environment and take home a beautiful piece of furniture.

Please come join us!

Alan, Mario, Lesley and Doug


Upcoming Winter 2017 Woodworking Courses

A woodworking class for the beginning woodworker with little or no woodworking experience

Total Beginner 1 - This class is designed for the beginning woodworker with little or no experience.  The class starting Thursday evening, January 5, 2017 is almost filled and we are taking registrations for the remaining slots.  If you are interested, please contact us via email or phone.  We are also offering this class as a Tuesday morning class, starting February 7, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Learn how to sharpen woodworking tools in this furniture making course



Basic Sharpening - No matter how much you spend on your tools, if they're not sharp, they won't work! Learn how to get from dead dull to razor sharp in minutes.  This one-day workshop covers the proper preparation, grinding, and honing of plane irons, chisels, marking knives, carving tools, cabinet scrapers, carving gouges and turning gouges.  The class on Saturday, January 5, 2016 is nearly filled.  If you are interested in attending this class, please contact us via email or phone.


A course in hand plan basics


Planecraft - This is a one day crash course on hand plane basics.  Examine the three principal types of hand planes and learn how to select the right one for the job.  With sharpening under your belt, learn to refine your blade to a proper shape. We cover the proper and effective selection and use of hand planes so that you will get the most enjoyment - and the best results -  from hand planing.  Sunday, January 6, 2017.

a woodworking and furniture making course for womenWoodworking for Women - This is a new offering by PFW's newest instructor:  Lesley Gold.  This course will be taught unlike any class that PFW currently offers. It is a thorough introduction to woodworking, from the ground up.  This course is involved with wood technology, and about working wood both with hand tools and power tools: a compete introduction.  The course will be taught over seven Tuesday evenings beginning January 10, 2017.


Learn Chippendale woodworking techniquesPeriod Garden Bench - The garden bench in this course incorporates design elements from the Chippendale period of furniture: the late Eighteenth Century. The balance between curved and straight lines create a sculptural silhouette, fit for any style home and garden.  Join us for this class to sharpen your skills and develop new ones.  The class will be taught over two 3-day weekends:  January 14-16 and February 18-20. 

Handcut dovetail techniques are taught in this woodworking course


Hand cut dovetails - Learn how to properly cut this timeless joint; the one that earns you a reputation for being serious about your craft.  Weekend of January 28.


A woodworking course to teching the woodworking techniques in makeing a modern sideboard


City Sideboard - Join us Wednesday evenings and build this modern sideboard, perfect for the smaller home dining room or office.  Shown in maple here, we will  be building it of Pennsylvania black cherry.  Starting February 1.


Basic woodworking course

Basic Woodworking for the Beginner - This course is designed to cover the skills of our evening Total Beginner 1 course, but is taught as a two weekend course.  So if you live too far away for an evening course, or your schedule does not permit a weekday course, then this could be your introduction to woodworking. Weekends of Feb. 25 and March 11.

Other courses are on calendar as well.  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