In the summer of 2009, I took the big leap and signed up for a week-long woodworking class at the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop. You can check it out their offerings at: www.philadelphiafurnitureworkshop.com. A week spent in a fully equipped, professional level shop with two world-class teachers – Alan Turner and Mario Rodriguez – what a way to jumpstart my woodworking dreams.
The focus was on creating a coffee table starting with a stack of rough walnut. We nine students were led through the process of milling the lumber, picking appropriate pieces to use for the top, rail and legs, making mortise and tenon joints, using jigs, smoothing, sanding and preparing for finish. A great learning experience and a wonderful way to spend a week – and, I got my first real Philly Cheesesteak!