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

Total Beginner II

Instructor: Mario Rodriguez/Alan Turner
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. ( six evenings)

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 a metropolitan console 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.


Breadboard end detail

Plug detail

Leg detail


Total Beginner II- Coffee Table

This 6-session workshop builds upon material presented in Total Beginner I by covering advanced operations of basic woodworking machinery, as well as the use of specialty jigs, shop fixtures and hand tools.

In this workshop, students will learn how to: mill wood, glue up solid wood panels, and execute perfect mortise-and-tenon joinery. Special class sessions will be devoted to: wood theory, gluing and clamping techniques, special fasteners, and refining shapes by using hand tools and abrasives.

Course fee (including materials fee) $575

Here is the tool list.

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.

Note:  The wood selection for this project is Pennsylvania Black Cherry.


  • October 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, Dec. 1,8, 2016 - Thursday evenings
  • Feb. 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - Thursday evenings
  • October 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec. 7, 2017 - Thursday evenings