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Two Rivers Students Create Furniture for Local Coffee Shop

Project-Based Learning can take many forms, involve a variety of lessons, and engage students in team work, problem solving and hands-on skills. At Two Rivers School, students recently worked together to create and donate furniture pieces that are useful, sturdy, and artfully constructed.


They worked in teams to put their design concepts to paper, incorporated math skills to guide their planning, considered physics to ensure stability, and learned to use tools for measuring, sawing, leveling, sanding, assembling, wood burning and varnishing. In the end, the students produced an impressive conference table and book case — which they proudly delivered to the Trail Youth Coffee Home in North Bend. Two Rivers students Gerrit Bayha, Elise Zmolek, Zoey Chen and KT worked on the conference table, while Alex Smolinski and Hayden Moss built the bookcase.  


Special thanks to: Ron Hirsch at Chinook Lumber for his help with the project materials; Casey Crust of My Little Snoqualmie Sign Shop, for donating her time, tools and expertise in wood burning; and teacher Joe Burgener for design consultation.  


Be sure to check out the finished projects at the local coffee shop located adjacent to Scott’s Dairy Freeze on North Bend Way. For more information about Trail Youth Coffee Home, visit their website at or drop by in person for a beverage and friendly ambiance.


Two Rivers students delivering the table to the Trail Youth Coffee Home.


Building the table.


Learning to work with woodburning tools.


The table now resides in the coffee shop's meeting room.


A student-made book shelf was also donated.


A work of art!