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ROUBO BENCH - DANTA WOOD - SELF ADJUSTING HOMEMADE VISE

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Project by TOPO posted 131 days ago 2890 views 29 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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TOPO

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#1 posted 131 days ago

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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steve_in_ohio

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#2 posted 131 days ago

wow that is beautiful, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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7Footer

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#3 posted 131 days ago

Amazingly beautiful bench TOPO, well done.

-- If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is "God is crying." And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is "Probably because of something you did." -

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Adam

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#4 posted 131 days ago

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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mcoyfrog

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#5 posted 131 days ago

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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triviasteve

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#6 posted 131 days ago

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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Dutchy

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#7 posted 131 days ago

OUTSTANDING !

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

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ToddJB

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#8 posted 131 days ago

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

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

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paul1020

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#9 posted 131 days ago

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

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NDakota

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#10 posted 131 days ago

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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iamcliff

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#11 posted 131 days ago

Awesome!

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BillyD3152

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#12 posted 131 days ago

That’s hot!

-- Billy Long Island, NY

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TysonK

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#13 posted 131 days ago

That is stunning work, love the danta wood

-- -- Tyson

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#14 posted 131 days ago

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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TheWoodenOyster

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#15 posted 131 days ago

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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