The Guthrie School in Allen, TX wanted to add two classroom tables to be used in a collaborative teaching system. Each table was to have 14 participant stations with slide out work surfaces. In addition, the tables were to be oval in shape to facilitate good eye contact between classmates.
The final design replaced the traditional simple pull-out sliders with shallow drawers with hinged lids. As a result, the students have both an easily accessed storage area for supplies and a sturdy work surface. The drawer lids are equipped with torsion hinges that close softly enough to minimize finger injury.
The tables are each 7' x 14' with 1.25" thick ash hardwood tops. Each table has 6 ash turned legs and ash connecting stretch beams. The table heights were individually set based on the size chairs used in each classroom.
The tables were finished with clear catalyzed lacquer to yield a clean, natural look.
Photos include a view of a single table, views of the pull-outs with torsion hinged tops, and two photos from the school's Open House event at the start of the school year.