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


Instructional Videos

Make a Wooden Benchdog, Fine Woodworking Website (members only) August 2006  


A Simple Tapering Jig, Fine Woodworking Website (members only) October 2006 http://www.finewoodworking.com/2006/10/15/a-simple-tapering-jig

Building a Classic Drawer, Popular Woodworking 2013, https://videos.popularwoodworking.com/courses/building-a-classic-drawer-with-alan-turner

Build a Joiner’s Workbench, Popular Woodworking 2015 https://videos.popularwoodworking.com/courses/build-a-joiners-workbench-with-alan-turner

Build a Craftsman’s Tool Chest, Popular Woodworking https://videos.popularwoodworking.com/courses/build-a-craftsmans-tool-chest-with-alan-turner

“Hand Applied Finishes.”  Craftsy.com 2014 https://www.craftsy.com/woodworking/classes/hand-applied-finishing/37459

“Build a Custom Elegant Stool.” Craftsy.com https://www.craftsy.com/woodworking/classes/custom-elegant-stool/37247


Woodworking School Instructor Alan Turner

PFW's founder Alan Turner has been working wood for about 60 years, having been introduced to woodworking when he was 6 while shadowing his father around their home workshop. Turner's father was an excellent amateur woodworker, and a good teacher. Over the years, Turner honed his skills as an amateur, and when his family's homes were filled with his work, he hung out a shingle as a studio furniture maker. He still enjoys commission work.

About the same time, and after pursuing a long career in the law, Turner began teaching basic woodworking classes through an adult night-school program. His classes were run out of a former high school woodshop, which lacked any power tools and quality workbenches since woodworking had been dropped from the curriculum.  As a result, he was limited to teaching the basics of hand tools, and small projects built with hand tools. Over those years, he dreamed of opening his own school, and eventually made good on his plans. PFW is the result; its first class ran in March 2006.  And in 2014, in order that the school would continue after his retirement or death, he started a nonprofit, donated the school to the nonprofit of the same name, and secured a tax exempt determination from the IRS.  Turner is now a recovering lawyer.

Turner has found that, in general, woodworkers are an honest and unusually community minded group, often willing to share their skills. You can't talk a joint into being tight. It is there for all to see, and no amount of talking will change it.  For Turner, the sharing of woodworking skills is very much a labor of love; it is his commitment to the craft.  He has done some writing, and some video work as well.


Magazine articles by Alan Turner

Newport Kneehole Desk.”  Fine Woodworking’s Readers Gallery, No. 180, November 2006

Garden Arbor.Woodcraft Magazine, April 2008, p. 22.

A Graceful Arbor Gate.”  Woodcraft Magazine, April 2008, p. 30.

Spot-On Measuring and Marking.”  Woodcraft Magazine, August 2008, p. 60.

Master Cabinetmaker’s Bench.”  American Woodworker, June 2010, p. 35.

Cross Grain Solutions.”   Popular Woodworking, December 2010, p. 42

Gimbal Jig.”  American Woodworker February, 2011, p. 61.

Butler’s Chest.”  Fine Woodworking’s Readers Gallery, No., 218, April 2011 p. 76

Wicked Sharp.”  American Woodworker, April 2011.

“Speed Up Your Work with Spacer Blocks.”  Fine Woodworking No. 226, June 2012, p. 46.

Foolproof Crosscut Sleds.”  Fine Woodworking No. 227, August 2012, p. 42.

Perfect Profiles on the Router Table.”  Fine Woodworking No. 228, October 2012, p. 58.

A Craftsman’s Tool Chest.”  American Woodworker April 2013, p. 46

An Ideal Joint for Small Drawers.”  American Woodworker April 2013, p. 52

Box-Joint Sled.”  American Woodworker April 2013, p. 54

Easier Joinery for Curved Drawer Fronts.” Fine Woodworking No. 233, June 2013, p. 80

Wedge Cutting Jig – Shop Tip.”  Woodcraft Magazine August 2013, p. 15

"Compact Workbench" and "Underbench Cabinet", Woodcraft Magazine August 2013, p. 48 and p. 55