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

Build a Hearth Bench Woodworking Course

Build A Hearth Bench
Instructor: Alan Turner
Weekend of Feb. 3-4, 2018, 9 am - 4 pm
Class Size: 12 maximum

In this two-day course students build a hearth bench.  It’s perfect as a bench for sitting in front of a fire or for use as an occasional table.

Clean, minimalist lines give rise to a simple and attractive bench.  By splaying the legs with compound angled tenon shoulders, the visual volume of the piece is kept small while ensuring a stable perch. Wedged tenon joinery completes the bench with a traditional detail.

The contemporary flavor of the design lets the maker explore wood grain without the distraction of complex joinery and a busy array of supporting members.  The slab seat is of a lighter wood than the legs, and will be chosen for attractive grain and color.  The legs will be of a darker hardwood with straight grain.  This is an excellent first piece of furniture for the novice or beginning woodworker.

Recommended: experience with the table saw.

No tools are required.

Tuition: $400, including materials.

There are three ways to register for this class.
• One can click on the sign up button below. 
• Give us a call at 215-849-5174.
• Send PFW a check, (and send us an email that you have done so so we may hold your spot) and print, fill out, sign and send to PFW the Registration Form and the Waiver and Release of Liability forms.


  • Weekend of Feb. 3-4, 2018. 

Wedged tenon detail

Tapered leg


Eased corners