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

Mid-Century Metropolitan Console Woodworking Course

Total Beginner 3

Total Beginner 3 - Metropolitan Console Table
Instructor: Craig Vandall Stevens/Alan Turner
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (day); 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (evening)
Maximum Class Size: Approximately 12

In recent years the popularity of Mid-Century Modern furniture has exploded. Auction houses and art furniture dealers confidently acquire these pieces, anticipating quick and lucrative sales. This sleek, dynamic end table is a fascinating and challenging build - and a great way to complete the Total Beginner Series.

In this class, students are introduced to two advanced furniture making techniques.  The first is the precise mitering of the cabinet-grade veneered carcase. The corners of the case are cut on the table saw with a shop-made jig to an exact 45 degrees. Then the case is assembled using an ingenious clamping system. The end result is a mitered case with tight, impeccable corners.

The second is a bent lamination.  Students will glue together 22 strips of wood, 1/16" veneer, into an amazing curve for the legs. The strength of the laminated “U” curve far surpasses any solid wood construction.

Finally, students will construct a solid wood, half-blind dovetailed drawer using a router and professional quality dovetail jig. The completed drawer will be carefully side-mounted onto solid wood guides.

  Altogether the experience of building this beautiful piece and acquiring advanced skills will propel the student into the ranks of the skilled furnituremaker.


Bent lamination


Mitered case corner

Side-hung dovetail drawer


Course fee (including materials) - $595

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   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 us an email and we will forward the registration materials.


  • April 6, 13, 20, 27 and May 4, 11, 2017
           Thursday evenings