A series of tough, rigid worktables for an office in Shoreditch. The stretcher assembly provides excellent leg clearance whilst being very stiff. Portals for network cabling are centred in the top.
Nine tables were made in all, the first 5 needing to be fast to assemble or dismantle - they have concealed bolts fixing the tops down. The remainder have more permanent tops attached with traditional buttons to allow for movement over time.
This design is intentionally quite utilitarian, and was inspired by old work tables - one in particular in a furniture makers in Shoreditch c1830. The client's offices are in Shoreditch so it seemed appropriate.
High quality softwoods with oak detailing. 3 metre long, 1 metre wide.
The twin stretchers with robust leg structures make this table very rigid and strong.
the 'quarter tonner'
For the same client, a larger version. 4.8 metre by 1.7 metre.
Overlapped stretchers lock a central leg support in place. The top is in 4 quarters. It became referred to as the quarter-tonner during the build.
Strong and stiff
The wedged structure is inherently strong - here the wedges are fumed oak. Lower tenons are pegged (oak again) and the upper ones are wedged.
At this stage the stretcher ends await final shaping, and finish is to be applied.
Ten times the size...
After various sketches I decided it was as quick to make a model. The model proved invaluable later in making detailed adjustments to the form and sections in order to get the balance just right.
The client wanted 5 tables which had to be fast to assemble and take apart. This design achieves that and yet is incredibly robust once put together.