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Waxing tables: Swix T75W or ghetto with some saw horse brackets???

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Swix T75W

http://www.swixsport.com/eway/default.aspx?pid=278&trg=MainPage_6117&MainContent_6179=6117:0:24,2748&MainPage_6117=6138:82036::0:6118:6:::0:0

 

or saw horse brackets and some lumber (to form an "L" shape, so I can clamp my vices to).

http://www.lowes.com/pd_128355-31596-60504_4294857656__?productId=3122091&Ns=p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNs%3Dp_product_qty_sales_dollar%7C1&facetInfo=

 

I tried a folding work bench last year, and didn't like it.

 

Table sounds great that I can have my waxes, brushes, etc within reach....  but, just cannot decide.

post #2 of 15

I made my own from folding table legs and pine planking bought from Home Depot. It's not really designed to be portable because the planking is 6' long by 2' wide and 1" thick, but could be if necessary. I found that I had to raise it up by using pieces of 2x4s under the leg mounts to get it to a comfortable height for me. 

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I purchased the Swix table you are looking at last season and really like it.It is very stable and easy to work with.I looked at many other solutions and am glad I went this way.

This product was worth the $$ IMHO. John

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Have you seen these? More expensive than basic sawhorse brackets, but for $35 it looks like you get a sturdy product. The top 2x4 is horizontal, which means you might get away with a single sawhorse. If I end up going this way, I'll add a lower shelf on the bottom 2x4, probably with a raised edge to keep tools where they belong.

2x4 Basics Sawhorse

They also make the same kind of kit for a sturdy looking workbench, and for $67 you get the bench plus shelves.
Edited by litterbug - 10/29/13 at 7:57pm
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What a great site this is.  After all these years of paying someone to do the work I have decided to DIY.  What do you think of this setup?  This is not mine, I found it while searching online.

 

http://skitracks.wordpress.com/2010/08/13/diy-ski-tuning-bench/

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What a great site this is.  After all these years of paying someone to do the work I have decided to DIY.  What do you think of this setup?  This is not mine, I found it while searching online.

http://skitracks.wordpress.com/2010/08/13/diy-ski-tuning-bench/
I really like it, especially because my work table (still in progress) is in my living room, and with that setup the board can be taken off and stored on the bottom shelf of my still-in-progress workbench when I'm not tuning, and reattached with nothing more than one or two one-handed Irwin clamps. Hmm, I'm going to see if I can't whip this together before the Racewax 20% off Thanksgiving/Black Friday sale ends.
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Originally Posted by iajet View Post
 

What a great site this is.  After all these years of paying someone to do the work I have decided to DIY.  What do you think of this setup?  This is not mine, I found it while searching online.

 

http://skitracks.wordpress.com/2010/08/13/diy-ski-tuning-bench/

 

I have seen many tuning shops at the slopes with the 2x4 setup, with a little carpeting for padding.

 

Though with the lack of a dedicated area that I can build a tuning area.... I ended up buying a table... and a better iron.

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Originally Posted by iajet View Post

What a great site this is.  After all these years of paying someone to do the work I have decided to DIY.  What do you think of this setup?  This is not mine, I found it while searching online.

http://skitracks.wordpress.com/2010/08/13/diy-ski-tuning-bench/

How would you put the ski on edge to work on the edges? Do the edge work from the sides?
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How would you put the ski on edge to work on the edges? Do the edge work from the sides?

 

I suppose if you take out the middle section and support it on the ends only.....  so, if you take the end posts/supports and cut a slit in both, then you can do some edge work

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I suppose if you take out the middle section and support it on the ends only.....  so, if you take the end posts/supports and cut a slit in both, then you can do some edge work


That is not a bad idea, and it is certainly better than using an upside down ironing board (not that I would ever admit to doing that in a hotel room).

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When you have to place a virtual boot in the binding to help hold the ski in  place that is a real PITA unless you ski on extrememly low DIN setting.

 

It is difficult at best to get the fake boot clamped into the binding.

 

Also I would venture to say that  the tip and tail supports need to be adjustable. In the  photo they are bending the bejeebers out of the ski.

 

I like them to just support the tip and tail in their natural position, It does not matter for waxing , but it does for edge work

 

And you have no way to the secure the ski with the center piece out to work with the side edges up.

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I'm not sure I like that set up or not.  Like Aman said, snapping a fake boot in and out is a pain.  However, in this set up, the fake boot is fastened to the bench so you press the ski into it.  In my head, this looks like it would be easier than pressing the block of wood into the ski binding.  Same with taking it out.

 

I would also use two clamps other wise it will eventually spin a little and you don't want that when you are sharpening or scraping.

 

Like sibhusky brought up, how do you do edge work?  You can do it when the skis are upside down like that but it should be avoided.  It isn't a good position and makes it hard to see what you're doing.

 

I think the end pieces folding, why convenient, is asking for an accident to happen.  Especially from the one at the tip.  It is set to fold in the direction you are going to be scraping or brushing.  Maybe just put the hinge on the other side.  That or screw the hinge and make it "fixed".

 

My first vice was home made out of 2x8s.  If you stick with it, you'll eventually graduate as far as your better half will tolerate.

 

Have fun,

Ken

post #14 of 15
I tell you what, I change my mind so much these days that it's a wonder i get anything done. Don't make fun, please!

Does anybody know whether this Artech table is solid enough to stay in one place whole sharpening edges and whatnot?


http://www.artechski.com/2014-ARTECH-Ski-Tuning-Bench-6101.aspx#.UpP79bBlA0M&gsc.tab=0
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We have two and love them. Although transportable, they are quite heavy. I think years ago I posted pictures, will have to look.
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