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3-D Designs of School and Government Facility Wooden Furniture-

Furniture Designs Local Shops Can Use

This grant project is supporting local and regional wood products value-added manufacturers to develop product lines of wooden furniture to sell to local school and government purchasing departments.  As part of this effort we will be reviewing the plastic, metal and imported furniture items currently being purchased by a sample of school systems and local governments and will develop example product items made from US hardwood lumber and plywood.

These wooden furniture items will be designed in the software package SketchUp that is a free 3-D design package available as an Internet download.  The furniture will be designed as individual 3-D models with the parts as individual components.  There is a parts list provided for each item that lists each part, its material specifications and a summary of the amount of lumber and plywood needed to make the item.  For simplicity, these SketchUp models use straight edges that should be rounded for greater safety by using the RoundCorners plugin feature or by converting square edges to radius edges.

Note-these designs are concept quality in nature and are presented here for generating ideas to assist woodshops to develop their own designs.

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Mobile Bookcase-this bookcase is useful for teachers who may want to store a some books on its two shelves that are tilted for easy selection.  It is a perfect piece to make out of solid lumber .  It with 1.5" castor wheels is 8-1/2" deep x 26-1/2" wide and 25-1/4" tall.  It takes 13 board feet of rough lumber to make at a 50% yield factor.

To the right is the mobile bookcase that was made of yellow poplar using solid lumber panels and rails.  It was likely made in the early 1960's.

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Traditional Student Desk-this student desk is the traditional all wood desk that was popular in US public schools in the 1950's and 1960's.  This example is a high school design with a seat height of 17".  It takes22 board feet of lumber to make this desk at at 50% yield factor.

This desk is economical to make from middle grade lumber due to the short lengths and most parts can be made from glued strips.

To the right is the traditional style of student desk purchased from a thrift store.  This desk provide many years of service to many students.

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Student Desk 2-this is a replacement for a metal desk that can be used in all school levels by different leg heights.  The one here has a 29" desk height suitable for high school.  The legs are assembled on site using lag screws and allen wrench nuts with smooth surfaces.  The legs are rotated two degrees out for greater stability.

The desk is shown with a yellow painted top with a green shelf and legs to show how school furniture can be painted in a school's colors.

To the right is the metal version of Student Desk 1 that is a style commonly purchased by school districts.

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Elementary Arts and Crafts Table-this table is modeled after one made of solid birch that has survived eighty years of service.  It has a storage shelf with access holes under the top so elementary students can store arts and crafts items.  It is 24" tall, 30" wide and 72" long.

 

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Square Edge Slab Bench-note that this slab bench would have its edges rounded for safety.  This style bench is popular with the public as it showcases the goodness of wood, allowing for the bench's extra thickness to create style.

Every location has suitable species to make thick slab benches, so governments and local school districts can easily support the local economy by buying locally made thick wooden benches.  The model is 20" tall by 16" wide and 60" long.  The seat is 2-1/2" thick.

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Urban regions are offer lots of suitable trees for slab products because of their large diameters

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30" Tall Bookcase-this bookcase can be used in classrooms, school staff offices as well as in a great variety of government building offices. This bookcase would be suitable for using solid lumber or veneer core plywood.

This bookcase takes approximately 31 rough board feet of lumber to make and has one adjustable shelf. It is 30" tall by 36" wide and 11-3/4" deep.

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48" Tall Bookcase-this bookcase can be used in classrooms, school staff offices as well as in a great variety of government building offices. This bookcase would be suitable for using solid lumber or veneer core plywood.

This bookcase takes approximately 47 rough board feet of lumber to make and has three adjustable shelves. It is 48 " tall by 36" wide and 11-3/4" deep.

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72" Tall Bookcase-this bookcase can be used in classrooms, school staff offices as well as in a great variety of government building offices. This bookcase would be suitable for using solid lumber or veneer core plywood.

This bookcase takes approximately 66 rough board feet of lumber to make and five adjustable shelves. It is 72 " tall by 36" wide and 11-3/4" deep.

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Small Work Table-24" wide x 36" long x 30" tall-this table is a general purpose table that can be used by schools and government offices for a great variety of purposes.

This table when made of solid wood grown and made locally would be a great educational tool for schools. The painted colors of blue and mint white can vary with school or government color schemes.

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Its legs attach with lag screws and nuts for easy assembly or disassembly.

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Medium Work Table-30" wide x 48" long x 30" tall-this table is a general purpose table that can be used by schools and government offices for a great variety of purposes.

This table when made of solid wood grown and made locally would be a great educational tool for schools. The painted colors of red and white white can vary with school or government color schemes.

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Its legs attach with lag screws and nuts for easy assembly or disassembly.

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Large Work Table-30" wide x 60" long x 30" tall-

this table is a general purpose table that can be used by schools and government offices for a great variety of purposes.

This table when made of solid wood grown and made locally would be a great educational tool for schools. The painted colors of red and white white can vary with school or government color schemes.

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Its legs attach with lag screws and nuts for easy assembly or disassembly.

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Sloped Top Arts Crafts Table-48" wide x 24" deep x 30" tall-this table is can be used as a drafting table as well as for arts and crafts.  There is a catch rail at the bottom edge of the center top section.  The side 10" top sections do not lift up.  A lift tilt mechanism holds the center top section in place for use by the student.

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Teacher and Government Employee 60x30" Desk-this is an all purpose desk that is suitable for the classroom as well as for government employees. It has a file drawer as well as four storage drawers and a pencil drawer. 

This desk when made of lumber and veneer core plywood should last over fifty years, even in the challenging environment of schools and government offices.

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Teaching Assistant or Staff Employee Desk-30x48"-this is an all purpose desk that can be used in a classroom and staff offices for schools and government employees.

This desk works well as a solid lumber or veneer core plywood construction product.

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The colors shown reflect the many design options when combining different wood species, colors and stains.

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Computer Desk 1-30x60"-this is a flat surface desk with a strong leg support system.  It would be quite strong with the heavy foot and with the end legs spread apart for a larger footprint.

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Computer Desk 2-30x60"-this computer desk has a flip top over a wire chase to better manage the cables that connect computers to networks and printers. 

The photo to the right shows a metal version of this style of computer desk.

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Shallow Wall Display Case-2.5x30x36"-this wooden display case can be used to post bulletins in schools and government buildings.

Notice the wooden display case is made of renewable wood while the aluminum case is made from the material with the highest energy requirements to manufacture and is also a depletion resource.

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Storage Unit-Drawers-3x3-this drawer storage unit is in a modular format where it can fit with other nominal 12" deep units that are 42" tall.  This unit is 11.75" deep x 36" wide and 42" tall. It has nine drawers that have 8" tall drawer boxes.  It can be used for storing media items, books and many other items for schools and government offices.

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Storage Unit-Drawers-4x3-this drawer storage unit is in a modular format where it can fit with other nominal 12" deep units that are 42" tall.  This unit is 11.75" deep x 36" wide and 42" tall. It has twelve drawers that have 6 " tall drawer boxes.  It can be used for storing media items, books and many other items for schools and government offices.

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Storage Unit-Drawers-5x3-this drawer storage unit is in a modular format where it can fit with other nominal 12" deep units that are 42" tall.  This unit is 11.75" deep x 36" wide and 42" tall. It has fifteen drawers that have 5 " tall drawer boxes.  It can be used for storing media items, books and many other items for schools and government offices.

 

Note-photo on right is the interior of the case showing the interior rail system.

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Four Drawer File Cabinet-16" wide x 26.5" deep x 52.25" tall-a wooden traditional sized file cabinet with four drawers that could be made with veneer core plywood or solid lumber.  It would take about 75 board feet of lumber plus 1/4" plywood for the drawer bottoms and back.

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Two Drawer File Cabinet-16" wide x 20" deep x 28-1/8" tall-a wooden file cabinet that could be made with solid edge glued lumber or veneer core plywood.  It takes about 47 board feet of lumber to produce plus 1/4" plywood for the back and drawer bottoms.

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Step Stool-15" wide x 15" tall x 15" deep-a useful step stool for libraries and classrooms.  It could also be useful in government offices.

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Slant Hutch Study Carrel-48" tall x 38" wide x 28" deep-a nice work study carrel for students and public library users.  Could also be used at government service centers.

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Public Library Table-29.25" tall x 36" wide x 72" long-this is a grand table in a public library setting.  It has some elements of the Arts and Crafts style.

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Library Computer Stand-40" tall x 21" wide x 21" deep-this is a stand where a computer monitor and keyboard sit on its top for patrons to look up items in the library's holdings.  The computer sits inside the stand that has wire grills on the sides for ventilation.

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Library Shelving End Panel-1.5" thick x 24" wide x 84" tall-an end panel for covering the ends of metal shelving.  Contracting wood species and stain colors as well as paints can add style and interest to this item.

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Modular Computer Desk-42" tall x 55" wide x 28" deep-a computer desk that were several units can be assembled into a circle.

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Public Library Chair-seat height at 17.5" high-a solid wood chair that is suitable for a public library.  Typically chairs like this one are made of premium quality woods like cherry, walnut, hard maple and oak.

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Lumber Bench-72.5" wide x 34" tall x 19" deep-a nice lumber bench suitable for hallways and lobbies.  The example for this model was made of yellow poplar with a medium dark stain.

To the right is a photo for the bench that was used to inspire is model.

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Starter Library Shelving-36" modules on center for width, this example is 43" tall-libraries require strong shelving for heavy reference books.  This example model uses one inch tops, ends and shelves.  The starter is two end panels that in a run have multiple intermediary dividers.  Tops are spliced atop the dividers.  A top and bottom frame secures the uprights in a rigid network.  The shelves are adjustable.

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Adder Library Shelving-the adder section contains the same items as the starter less one end panel.  One can extend the run of shelving indefinitely.

The view on the right is exploded to show the adder that is assembled on site in a school, library or government facility.

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Book Truck 1-this is a box on wheels that can be used to move books from collecting from patrons to reshelving.  It has casters for rolling and is slanted for easier entry and removal.

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Computer Stand 2-39.5" tall x 24" wide x 21" deep-this is a useful stand for a computer for patrons to look up items in the library collection.  Grommet holes allow for cables.

 

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Book Drop Cart-27" tall x 30" wide x 30" deep-a common cart box that sits under a book drop shoot where patrons return books from outside the library.

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Double Panel Study Carrel-72"long x 36.75" wide x 48" tall-this is a double study carrel common to colleges and public libraries.  It should be made of veneer core plywood due to the large surface area of the panels.

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Reference Hutch Table-90" long x 54" wide x 49" tall-a traditional reference desk useful for schools, libraries and government offices.

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Replacement Wooden Book Rack Cart for Metal Version-48" tall x 28" wide x 20" deep-this wooden version offers a sustainable material version from the metal depletion resource material version shown in the photo on right.

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Book Stand-44.5" tall x 24" wide x 21.75" deep-a traditional book stand for large books like dictionaries

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Magazine Rack-50" tall x 18" wide x 18" wide-a universal magazine rack suitable for libraries and staff offices.  Is an efficient storage and display piece that works well for magazines and other paper documents.

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Base Storage Cabinet-35" tall x 24" deep x 30" wide-a typical storage cabinet that should be made of veneer core plywood.

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Cubbie Storage Cabinet-61" tall, 30" wide x 24" deep-an open unit that can be used at schools and government facilities for a wide variety of storage needs.  Veneer core plywood would be the material of choice.

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Wall Storage Cabinet-30" wide x 30" tall x 11.75" deep-a standard cabinet that could have doors or be open.  A good storage solution for schools and government facilities.

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Announcement Board-42.5" tall x 20.5" wide x 22" deep-a useful announcement board for schools and local governments.

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Low Cubbie Storage Cabinet-72" wide x 20" deep x 30" tall-a great open cabinet to store a wide variety of items for schools and government buildings.

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Table Top Display Case-38" tall x 48" long x 20" deep-an all purpose table top display case useful for schools and local government buildings.

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Wall Coat Rack-30" wide x 5" deep x 4.75" tall-a universal wooden coat rack that is suitable in offices and lobbies of schools and government buildings.

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Slot Storage Cabinet-28.25" tall x 49.5" wide x 13.375" deep-a general purpose storage open cabinet for paper documents.

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Early Grades Storage Locker-52" tall x 60" wide x 20" deep-a great piece for early grades children to store their coats, shoes, books and other personal items.

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Service Counter-42" tall x 168" wide x 36" deep-a service counter that could be used in a high school front office or government office that serves the public.  This counter has two knee hole open spaces were employees can sit on high stool and work as service employees.  There is a set of drawers at each open unit as well as two 36" wide units that have eight drawers each.

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