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.
PFW has now posted a good deal of its 2014 calendar to the website. Take a look and let us know what interests you.
- In 2014 we are offering two master class projects. Starting in mid-January, and running into June, a Chippendale corner chair closely based on the famous John Goddard corner chair appearing in The New Fine Points of Furniture by Albert Sack (pg. 67).
- Mario's wonderful Portsmouth Card Table, starting in September and running into January 2015. PFW is offering important preparation classes in February and March to develop the advanced skills appropriate for this challenging Federal period masterpiece. This class sold out last time we scheduled it!
- The Craftsman's Tool Chest is offered as a three day course over the King three day weekend in January.
Upcoming Woodworking Courses to Develop Your Woodworking Techniques at PFW - a Furniture Making School.
Hearth Bench - Weekend of October 27. In two days explore the use of hand tools to create tight and clean compound angle mortises and tenon joinery, and take home a bench that you will use often.
Julia Child's kitchen table - Three weekends in November will give you your holiday table, in time for family and friends to join you for Thanksgiving dinner. Starting November 9.
Total Beginner 2 - Six Thursday evenings, starting October 31. Build a beautiful solid wood table with mortise and tenon joinery in just six Thursday evenings. This time we are making it of Black Cherry.
Keepsake Box - Weekend of December 7 - Make your special someone a box to fill with memories.
We hope to see you soon at PFW.
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