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My homemade tuning stand and ski vise

post #1 of 11
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I thought I'd buy some tuning equipment, but when I saw the prices for commercial tuning stands and ski vises, I was like....

 

          O MY GAWD!!!      @#$%%#$#**!!     GAG ME WITH A SPOON!!!   LIKE HELLO!!!   :-) 

 

So I thought I'd try making my own out of junk that I had lying around.  It cost me exactly nothing (but then, I do have a lot of junk :-)  As for the economics of it, I did waste most of a day, and had I worked my day job for those hours, I could have more than bought the commercial versions, but hey....I *like* fooling around and making stuff.  So in that sense, I came out ahead.  (This probably isn't a good idea if you either 1) hate making stuff; or 2) have to buy the parts; or 3) are really bad at making stuff....not that I'm all that good -- I can be good, but I'm much too lazy :-)

 

Anyway, here are some pics in case anyone else is ill-advised enough to follow in my footsteps.  (Apologies if this sort of thing has been posted ad nauseum, I'm afraid I didn't do a lot of research before posting :-)

 

Here it is with a ski in position to work on the edge (sorry about the cluttered background -- now you see why I had enough junk to build this without buying anything :-)  I used an old sawhorse and screwed a wooden plank to the top to make a narrow table.  It's a little too high for me right now -- I think I'm going to take 4 or 5 inches off the legs.  For scale, the ski is 186cm long.

 

Tuning stand overall view

 

Here's a view of a ski clamped in the vise so as to work on the base.

 

Tuning stand ski base up

 

Here's a closeup of the vise.  The sheet metal for the "hinge" came from a heating duct that I lobotomized with tin snips.  The C clamp at the top right holds the vise to the table.  The rubber bands (from bunches of broccoli) seem to grip the ski sidewalls okay, but I'll replace them with a better piece of rubber once I find one.  (I know I have something suitable in my parents' house.  Believe it or not, their basement is still full of junk that I accumulated before I moved into my own house, the outbuilding and basement of which are now also full of junk :-)

 

Ski vise

 

The tip/tail supports look like this.  They're 6" high, cut from a 2x4, with red felt glued on.  To make the clamp that holds the ski, I took a C clamp, sawed off the "C" part, leaving the part where the threaded rod goes through, and rounded that with a file.  Then I cut off the little ball on the end of the handle so I could remove it, and pushed the contraption into the hole in the 2x4 (the hole goes all the way through under the felt.  Part of the hole is a slightly larger diameter so that the "nut" can go in only so far).  Then I put the handle back and blobbed some solder on the end to take the place of the ball I sawed off.

 

Ski support side view

 

The large hole in the front allows a C clamp to go in to hold it to the table.  This design isn't as convenient as the commercial ones, but you can adjust the height if necessary by putting shims in under the 2x4.  I'm lucky that, so far, I only have 3 pairs of skis, and they all work with the existing height.  I think I might replace the top red felt with rubber since the skis slide around a bit on the felt when mounted base-up for brushing.

 

Ski support front view

 

Side view without ski mounted.

 

Tuning stand side view

 

I haven't tried to do any serious work on it yet, except to fool around with a junked pair of straight skis for practice.  I'll try to post more as I progress through my "tuning adventure".

 

Robert

 

 

post #2 of 11

Cool.

Here's my tuning stand.  It is a discarded cabinet sewing machine that I picked up on trash day.

I took the machine out, then realized I needed the weight for stability.  That's why it is sitting on the lower cross brace.

I did buy the clamps, though.  (The ski is just sitting there for the photo, not really clamped.)

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post #4 of 11

Would make Bob Vila Proud.  The new guy on This Old House (Howdie Dudey) would know the difference between your work and Lincoln Logs. 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by renenkel View Post

I thought I'd buy some tuning equipment, but when I saw the prices for commercial tuning stands and ski vises, I was like....

 

          O MY GAWD!!!      @#$%%#$#**!!     GAG ME WITH A SPOON!!!   LIKE HELLO!!!   :-) 

 

So I thought I'd try making my own out of junk that I had lying around.  It cost me exactly nothing (but then, I do have a lot of junk :-)  As for the economics of it, I did waste most of a day, and had I worked my day job for those hours, I could have more than bought the commercial versions, but hey....I *like* fooling around and making stuff.  So in that sense, I came out ahead.  (This probably isn't a good idea if you either 1) hate making stuff; or 2) have to buy the parts; or 3) are really bad at making stuff....not that I'm all that good -- I can be good, but I'm much too lazy :-)

 

Anyway, here are some pics in case anyone else is ill-advised enough to follow in my footsteps.  (Apologies if this sort of thing has been posted ad nauseum, I'm afraid I didn't do a lot of research before posting :-)

 

Here it is with a ski in position to work on the edge (sorry about the cluttered background -- now you see why I had enough junk to build this without buying anything :-)  I used an old sawhorse and screwed a wooden plank to the top to make a narrow table.  It's a little too high for me right now -- I think I'm going to take 4 or 5 inches off the legs.  For scale, the ski is 186cm long.

 

Tuning stand overall view

 

Here's a view of a ski clamped in the vise so as to work on the base.

 

Tuning stand ski base up

 

Here's a closeup of the vise.  The sheet metal for the "hinge" came from a heating duct that I lobotomized with tin snips.  The C clamp at the top right holds the vise to the table.  The rubber bands (from bunches of broccoli) seem to grip the ski sidewalls okay, but I'll replace them with a better piece of rubber once I find one.  (I know I have something suitable in my parents' house.  Believe it or not, their basement is still full of junk that I accumulated before I moved into my own house, the outbuilding and basement of which are now also full of junk :-)

 

Ski vise

 

The tip/tail supports look like this.  They're 6" high, cut from a 2x4, with red felt glued on.  To make the clamp that holds the ski, I took a C clamp, sawed off the "C" part, leaving the part where the threaded rod goes through, and rounded that with a file.  Then I cut off the little ball on the end of the handle so I could remove it, and pushed the contraption into the hole in the 2x4 (the hole goes all the way through under the felt.  Part of the hole is a slightly larger diameter so that the "nut" can go in only so far).  Then I put the handle back and blobbed some solder on the end to take the place of the ball I sawed off.

 

Ski support side view

 

The large hole in the front allows a C clamp to go in to hold it to the table.  This design isn't as convenient as the commercial ones, but you can adjust the height if necessary by putting shims in under the 2x4.  I'm lucky that, so far, I only have 3 pairs of skis, and they all work with the existing height.  I think I might replace the top red felt with rubber since the skis slide around a bit on the felt when mounted base-up for brushing.

 

Ski support front view

 

Side view without ski mounted.

 

Tuning stand side view

 

I haven't tried to do any serious work on it yet, except to fool around with a junked pair of straight skis for practice.  I'll try to post more as I progress through my "tuning adventure".

 

Robert

 

 



 

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

I just finished my first low-budget wax job.  The old dry clothes iron (my mom's from the 60's) seems to work nicely on the lowest setting....no smoke and the wax melts easily.

 

What do people do to stop wax from dripping down on to the bindings where it's really hard to get off?  (Maybe the answer is obvious:  don't put on so much wax!?  I'll work on getting that right next time :-)

 

After a lot of elbow grease scraping with an old bakelite switch plate that I sharpened with a file, and brushing with a nylon fingernail brush, it seems like I got a decent finish and water sprayed on with an atomizer rolls down the ski base in tiny balls.  I'll see how they run tomorrow (the first week that we got any snow around here).

 

Note to self: next time put some newspapers or something down on the floor to prevent walking the wax shavings into the floor where they're almost impossible to remove.  Ugh! :-(

 

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Edited by renenkel - 1/6/12 at 6:36pm
post #6 of 11

You used that candle as your wax? I hope you got the vanilla scented one - that's the high speed additive for tomorrow's conditions for sure.

post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Sinecure View Post

You used that candle as your wax? I hope you got the vanilla scented one - that's the high speed additive for tomorrow's conditions for sure.



LOL!!! biggrin.gif  Yeah, embarrassing but true.  I've got some ski wax on order but was impatient.  (was going to hide the candle before taking the picture but forgot.... :-)

 

Come to think of it, I wonder how this would do as a new product:  We've got p-tex candles, so why not....ski-wax candles!  No iron needed!  Just light the wick and drip on to your skis!  tongue.gif

post #8 of 11

Fact is stranger then fiction eek.gifbiggrin.gif

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sinecure View Post

You used that candle as your wax? I hope you got the vanilla scented one - that's the high speed additive for tomorrow's conditions for sure.



OMFG!!!  I can't believe it.  Those skis ran like a bat outta hell!  eek.gif

 

Since it's a bit off the original topic of this thread, I've started another one to discuss the candle wax thing...

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/108979/candle-wax-works-great#post_1414133

post #10 of 11

I go to college and I made my bench out of a folding saw horse and I just use small vices too tune the edges. Then I just put some T shaped pieces of 2 by 4 into the vices for wax

post #11 of 11

as someone who has tuned over 1000 pairs of skis, you can live without the middle piece...believe me.

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