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

Table opened

Rule joint detail

Knuckle joint

leaf support



Pembroke Table Woodworking Course


Waterbury Pembroke Table Class

Instructors: Alan Turner/Craig Vandall Stevens
8 evenings, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Maximum Class Size: Approximately 12


While browsing through an old issue of Fine Woodworking magazine, Alan came across this delightful table and was instantly attracted to its clean and delicate lines, fine proportion, and playful character.  It probably hails from Connecticut based upon its clean appearance aand lack of unneeded decoration.  It is reminiscent of the late 18th Century  work of Eliphalet Chapin, from East Windsor, Ct.

This table is of a compact size, measuring just 35”x17” when closed, but it opens to a generous 35”x38” with both leaves extended.  This table is both practical as well as handsome.

Although this table employs traditional mortise and tenon joinery, the design features two hinged knuckle-joint leaf supports that swing out to carry the leaves. When open, the main section of the top and the leaves are perfectly registered by traditional rule joints.   When closed, the spurs of the top lay perfectly on the tapered legs.

This is a project that will develop the necessary skills to produce precise joinery; both machine and hand executed.   The knuckle joint, the rule joint, complex shaping; all of these are skills learned in this exciting project course designed for the intermediate woodworker.

This table will be built of Pennsylvania Black Cherry wood.

Course fee (including materials and hardware) - $950 (for the evening class)


There are three ways to register for this class. 
• One can click on the sign up button.   
• Give us a call at 215-849-5174.
• Send PFW a check, (and send us an email that you have done so so we may hold your spot) and print, fill out, sign and send to PFW the Registration Form and the Waiver and Release of Liability forms. 


  • 8 Tuesday evenings, beginning Jan. 16 and ending March 6.