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

Total Beginner 1
Instructor: Craig Vandall Stevens/Alan Turner
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (evening)


9:30 am - 12:30 pm (morning)

Maximum Class Size: Approximately 12

Total Beginner Series of Woodworking Workshops

This is a series of 3 workshop courses designed to carefully introduce the total beginner to woodworking by presenting material around a project-based curriculum.

These three courses concentrate on woodworking skills which build upon earlier skills covered, leading to the successful completion of a bookcase (Total Beginner 1), a solid wood coffee table (Total Beginner 2) and an end table with bent lamination legs and a drawer (Total Beginner 3). Important and interesting material related to woodworking in general is thoroughly covered. We feel that the planning, learning, practice, and hard work that goes into the construction of a furniture piece can be critical to developing and retaining both good habits and learning more advanced techniques.

Total Beginner I - Basic Bookcase Project

In this 7-evening workshop, students are introduced to basic woodworking using both sheet goods (cabinet grade plywood) and solid wood, face frame construction, pocket screw joinery, and creating edge profiles using a router. The tools covered include the tablesaw, router, bandsaw, oscilating spindle sander, miter saw, drill, power sanders, and the jointer and planer. Installation of shelf hardware is covered. Each student will construct a well-built bookcase with adjustable shelves suitable for finishing clear, with stain, or paint.

Course fee (including materials) $550

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.

Here is the tool list.


  • January 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 2017 - Thursday evenings
  • February 7, 14, 21, 28, Mar. 7, 14, 21, 2017 - Tuesday mornings
  • September 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 2017 - Thursday evenings