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Project by TOPO posted 03-18-2014 04:09 PM 4387 views 30 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey guys! regards from Spain…
after reading one million posts about roubo benches, buy and read the master book another million, and making space in my workshop I finally decided to go ahead and build it, traditional style, drawbore pins et all.
Top wood is Danta, an african wood, hard as hell and cheaper than beech or maple here in Spain. Was a total chore to dimension it, but finally I managed to put together a big slab of 2,40 meters x 0,65 meters x 11 cm thick.
I calculated the weight of it, somewhere between 70-90 kilos.
The rest of the bench is made of yellow southern pine, and plywood for the drawers.
The leg vise is made of Danta too, with the brass hardware that you can see in the picture, homemade to fit by me. Event the brass plate with the date and my name was done by me using an electrolitic etching technique I saw somewhere in Internet.
Drawers use full extensión guides, and with them now full of hardware and tools, I cannot lift the bench not one single milimeter using all the power in my legs. Two people struggled to lift it a couple of centimeters… weigthing the drawers and body separately, put the thing close to 340 kilos (around 730 pounds?)
The most interesting feature is the self adjusting parallelism of the leg vise. It´s based on a drawing I saw somewhere too, some bicycle chain and sprokets, and homemade hardware. I think that the pictures are self explanatory, but if not, I will try to put a drawing together…
Good think is that that you can put a lot of pressure on a wide piece of wood (or thin, actually works equally well) and the system self adjusts itself so you can forget about taking care of parallelism manually with pins or scraps.
Sorry for my English, I´m doing my best, hope is good enough for you guys…

Luis S.

-- El Topo, Madrid (Spain)

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#1 posted 03-18-2014 04:15 PM

a couple of images more, so you can get a sense of the mechanism… and the cast iron vise on ther side (the leg one works way better!). Hope you will like it, questiions and comments welcome!

-- El Topo, Madrid (Spain)

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#2 posted 03-18-2014 04:26 PM

wow that is beautiful, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 03-18-2014 04:36 PM

Amazingly beautiful bench TOPO, well done.

-- Known agitator --

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#4 posted 03-18-2014 05:17 PM

That is a very nice looking bench. I love the leg vice, i may have to try that on mine as it is a pain to keep parallel. thanks.

-- Adam, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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#5 posted 03-18-2014 06:46 PM

Crickey that is awesome, the design is amazing and the wood choices too. Thanks for sharing

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#6 posted 03-18-2014 06:52 PM

gorgeous bench! have fun working on that! If that’s any indication of your woodworking abilities, you’re an amazingly talented woodworker!

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#7 posted 03-18-2014 07:30 PM


-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#8 posted 03-18-2014 08:20 PM

TOPO, wonderful design, and amazing execution. Good job!

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#9 posted 03-18-2014 08:41 PM

Great work bench so jealous. Nothing else to say its mind blowing.

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#10 posted 03-18-2014 10:25 PM

this is my first post after “lurking” for awhile,and I have to say that is the nicest bench i have seen! very jealous and impressed

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#11 posted 03-18-2014 10:47 PM


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#12 posted 03-18-2014 10:54 PM

That’s hot!

-- Billy Long Island, NY

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#13 posted 03-18-2014 11:09 PM

That is stunning work, love the danta wood

-- -- Tyson

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#14 posted 03-19-2014 12:01 AM

Awesome bench, and very clever vice configuration. I have never heard of danta, but I sure do like it!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#15 posted 03-19-2014 12:16 AM

Great job! Surprised you have southern yellow pine in Spain, does it grow there?

Good job on your english too!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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