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.


Philadelphia Furniture Workshop is seeking applications for the position of Executive Director. The job description for this position can be viewed here.



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


   Shaker Step Stool - Over the course of 6 Tuesday evenings, let Lesley Gold teach

                                    you to cut elegant dovetails on this timeless project, built with Pennsylvania Black Cherry.  March 7 through April 11, 2017.


Woodturning for the Beginner - Turning is an important skill in making furniture.  Consider the turned table leg, or the numerous turnings involved with building a Windsor Chair. 

Numerous decorative details are created on a lathe.  Join us on the weekend of March 25 for an exciting intorduction to this important tool.


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:  March 31 - April 2, and weekend of April 8-9, 5 days.



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