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

Intermediate Woodworking Course 2

City Sideboard Woodworking Course


Instructor - Mario Rodriguez/Alan Turner
Class Size: 12 max. approx.
6:30 - 9:30 pm - ten evenings


With timeless form that suggests Shaker design: tapered legs, subtle curves, and lots of versatile storage, this small sideboard (42”wide x 32” high x 18" deep) also pays homage to the work of James Krenov by employing the use of high-quality pivot hinges, book-matched door panels, and vibrant grain patterns. All together this stunning piece is a rare combination of symmetry, clean lines, and practical design.

This intermediate level cabinet requires a combination of exacting machine operations as well as traditional hand-tool techniques that challenge the woodworker to carefully employ their time and efforts while raising their level of craftsmanship. On this project, students will work independently, performing tasks at their own speed and discretion.

The carcase is made of clean grained ¾” cherry plywood, edged with solid cherry to provide strength, beauty, and durability. The inner partitions and shelves have been slimmed to ½”, achieving a visual lightness and delicacy suited to the scale of the piece.  The doors feature striking book-matched panels (cut from a single piece of figured hardwood) that reinforces the feeling of balance and harmony.

This elegant piece can be used as a dining room sideboard, small office credenza, or an entry hall cabinet. Any way you use it, anywhere you put it, this sideboard will provide years of practical service while gracing your home with a touch of modern style. This handsome piece was featured in the pages of Popular Woodworking Magazine.

Note - For this course we will be building the piece in cherry, not the maple as shown in the photograph.

Cost: $1,300 (including all materials and hardware)

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.


  • To be scheduled


Frame and solid panel

Knife hinge

Drawer detail

Thin partitions