Planing & Cutting Back Side Walls
For context and terminology used in this article, the related article: Tuning skis, please explain what to do with these things may be useful.
While sharpening and polishing side edges and in order to cut the metal side edge only, the sidewall material needs to be planed or back-filed. Otherwise the cutting tool will get clogged with the sidewall material and reduce the efficiency and possibly the accuracy of the desired bevel.
A Sidewall Planer with a carbide blade or bit will remove a nice, clean fillet along the edge which can be further sanded to smooth out any irregularities and provide a smooth surface.
Here’s a clip from the SVST Tuning & Waxing DVD on Side Wall Planing:
Many Multi-sjde edge tools like the Tools4Boards Razor or Xact work very well as multi-angled tools when set from 5° to 6°. So do dedicated edge guides of 5°/85°/95° to 7°/83°/97°.
Terry (aka Alpinord)
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