The idea for this workshop was to make together with the students a work-bench that could store tools and equipment for the Sesc 24 de Maio.
I started out with some references and a rough idea of how it could be. So I made a list of requirements for this project:
• Expandable/ contractable
• Movable for one person
• Storage for tools, equipment
• Power station
So the project contemplates a total of 9 drawers - 4 small, 3 medium, 2 large.
The wheels are only used during transportation. When in place to work, they just rest aside.
So we started working the wood. First thing: assemblages - half wood dovetails. For the joinery in the structure. We used Peroba Cupiuba wood. A dark orange brownish texture wood mostly used in roofs, and big structures.
After the two sides were assembled, squared, and glued together we already started finishing with maritime varnish. Some other students started working on the drawers.
Here it started to take shape. We were placing the pannels - 1/8 inch plywood for the outer shells.
Placing the handles. They had to be as sturdy as the bench it self.
The bench top. The most fun part was making the hinges. they are solid wood pieces with two bearings in each side and a 3/8“ tube passing through them.
On the opposite side of the drawers, we made a tool frame, for the most immediate access.
If you want to see this trolley workbench, you can go to Sesc 24 de Maio, in São Paulo, Brazil. While there please enjoy a woodworking class with Oficina Serena.