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post #31 of 57

The rain gutter idea is pretty clever but does it get in your way when you're scraping skis?

 

Also, is that a Swix, extra fine steel with blue nylon border, brush I see sitting in your rain gutter?  If so, that is one of my favorite brushes!  :)

post #32 of 57
A motivated armature could do what I did for about $100 if you swapped out the clear Birch for a lower grade of plywood:

http://www.epicski.com/t/73976/diy-tuning-bench#post_1300645

You'll still need a set of vices though.

Good luck.
post #33 of 57
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Originally Posted by Trapps View Post

A motivated armature could do what I did for about $100 if you swapped out the clear Birch for a lower grade of plywood:

http://www.epicski.com/t/73976/diy-tuning-bench#post_1300645

You'll still need a set of vices though.

Good luck.
Very nice, Trapp! I'm going in the same direction, blending elements from a few different plans.

As for a vise, I think cutting a piece of 2x4 into a boot blank that will retract the brakes and fit easily into one my vises sounds pretty cheap and easy. However, someone said Racewax is doing another 20% off sale on Thanksgiving. I've managed to save some cash on other expenses, so if they do I'll likely buy a 100mm vise. With a boot sole I don't really need wide center jaws, but most of the narrower versions don't have the cool adjustable-height end supports that also tilt to the side.
post #34 of 57

FYI, ARTECH has 20% off right now.  The Swix T0149-90W is what I have and is the best vise I've ever used.  It will even hold cap skis without putting excessive clamping pressure on the sidewalls.

post #35 of 57
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This six foot beast from Sam's Club is pretty nice for less than $200.

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/ultra-heavy-duty-workbench/prod1490086.ip?navAction=
It is quite sturdy, but I wish it had drawers.
I end up with tools all over the place.
Any good suggestions for organizing the files, stones, brushes, etc.,etc., etc., so they are handy, but out of the way?
This looks like a good place for that stuff.

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/ultra-hd-by-seville-classics-5-drawer-tool-box/prod3780079.ip

We have that bench and while it is one sturdy mother, it is a bit high for tuning and with the tool boxes underneath, the clamps get in the way of the drawers. 

 

(sorry for the shadows)

post #36 of 57

I said it was a mess!

OK, the image doesn't do it justice.

It seems a lot worse in real life.

But it really is a great workbench.

post #37 of 57
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Originally Posted by MoJo23 View Post

FYI, ARTECH has 20% off right now.  The Swix T0149-90W is what I have and is the best vise I've ever used.  It will even hold cap skis without putting excessive clamping pressure on the sidewalls.
Artech's site lists the Swix at $150. Is that their usual price?
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I said it was a mess!


OK, the image doesn't do it justice.
It seems a lot worse in real life.
But it really is a great workbench.
Nice. What are the dimensions? I couldn't find any on the Sam's club site.
post #38 of 57
With all the time you spent typing you could've already built one. tongue.gif
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With all the time you spent typing you could've already built one. tongue.gif

LoL
post #40 of 57

Here's my set up with Sam's Club workbench and wheeled tool box.

 

 

post #41 of 57

Overall: 72"L x 25"W x 38"H

Hardwood top: 72"L x 25"W x 1.75"D

post #42 of 57
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Here's my set up with Sam's Club workbench and wheeled tool box.

 

 

Very, very nice.

post #43 of 57
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With all the time you spent typing you could've already built one. tongue.gif

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Originally Posted by jzmtl View Post

With all the time you spent typing you could've already built one. tongue.gif

LoL
Note most of my post times; it's all fluff at present. I like to build up the anticipation. Beating_A_Dead_Horse_by_livius.gif
post #44 of 57
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Originally Posted by Blue Streak View Post

I said it was a mess!


OK, the image doesn't do it justice.
It seems a lot worse in real life.
But it really is a great workbench.

Shoot! If that is a mess.....looks like my tidy smile.gif
post #45 of 57
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Originally Posted by MoJo23 View Post
 

The rain gutter idea is pretty clever but does it get in your way when you're scraping skis?

 

Also, is that a Swix, extra fine steel with blue nylon border, brush I see sitting in your rain gutter?  If so, that is one of my favorite brushes!  :)

no it doesn;t really.  It does get in the way of the vices when first mounted...thats why you see the cord clamp in the gutter there...I took the ski vices off for the summer and haven't  taken the time to replace that piece.

 

That brush has brass bristles surrounded by nylon and I like it too.....

post #46 of 57
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The rain gutter idea is pretty clever but does it get in your way when you're scraping skis?
no it doesn;t really.  It does get in the way of the vices when first mounted...thats why you see the cord clamp in the gutter there...I took the ski vices off for the summer and haven't  taken the time to replace that piece.
That made me think--my bench has a 3-4 inch overhang, so I might try a shelf that could flip out from under the bench top to catch wax drips. Hmm. rolleyes.gif
post #47 of 57
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That made me think--my bench has a 3-4 inch overhang, so I might try a shelf that could flip out from under the bench top to catch wax drips. Hmm. rolleyes.gif

I just throw old foam tile (like shown in a post above) from the kids old playroom on the floor.  The rain gutter idea is cool.

post #48 of 57
I just have a utility mat under mine and a large cardboard box at the end. When I notice loose wax on the rug, I just pick up the mat and shake it over the box. If it gets too bad, like in twenty years, I'll just replace the mat. Most of the wax ends up on the table for shoving into the box. There's really very little on the mat.
post #49 of 57
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Originally Posted by MoJo23 View Post
 

The rain gutter idea is pretty clever but does it get in your way when you're scraping skis?

 

Also, is that a Swix, extra fine steel with blue nylon border, brush I see sitting in your rain gutter?  If so, that is one of my favorite brushes!  :)

 

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Originally Posted by skier_j View Post
 

no it doesn;t really.  It does get in the way of the vices when first mounted...thats why you see the cord clamp in the gutter there...I took the ski vices off for the summer and haven't  taken the time to replace that piece.

 

That brush has brass bristles surrounded by nylon and I like it too.....

 

 

I would strongly support the rain gutter approach.  I have thought about it a few times over the years  but procrastinated because I was trying to work out how to align with the vises and also trying to find a gutter or u moulding wide enough to drop over the top of  the vises.  Anyway, a few weeks ago I stopped worrying about seeking perfection and slapped on a piece of rain gutter on the outside of the bench with cut-outs where the vises were.  Wow!   a major improvement!.  Doesn't obstruct normal work on the bench or access to the vises.  When you are scraping most of the scrapings naturally come towards the outside and drop into the gutter.  Very little actually lands on the bench and next to nothing on the floor.  Now I am not a very tidy worker at the best of times so this works really well for me. No constantly having to grab the shop vac to stop the excess from being tramped into the floor mat, minimal wax scrapings flying about, and I can do multiple pairs and clean out the gutter with the shop vac in one go when I am finished or just brush out of the end of the gutter into a bin.

 

So simple, and I am so stupid for not spending the 10 minutes it took me to fit it , a looong time ago!  :eek

post #50 of 57
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I just have a utility mat under mine and a large cardboard box at the end. When I notice loose wax on the rug, I just pick up the mat and shake it over the box. If it gets too bad, like in twenty years, I'll just replace the mat. Most of the wax ends up on the table for shoving into the box. There's really very little on the mat.

 

 

I agree.  Not that much falls on the floor and the shop vac gets it up in a matter of seconds.  I have to use the shop vac to clean my work table and brushes any way so using it on the floor is not extra work.

post #51 of 57
I notice that when I'm scraping, I slightly angle the scraper like a snow plow, pushing the bits off to the table side of the ski, so that's why not much gets on the floor.
post #52 of 57
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I'm lucky to have a wood floor, but those foam tiles look perfectly good. I'll still think about attaching something under the benchtop.
post #53 of 57
I use 2 of these workbenches and a homeade vise I made with a 2x6. I'll post pictures over this upcoming weekend when I set it up for thanksgiving skiing.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-X-Workhorse-Workbench-17185155/202021304
post #54 of 57
Here is my "tuning bench". I work on snowboards, skis and kids skis. I clamp down the center 2x4 to the tables on each end and use a wood clamp to hold the ski to the center part of the 2x4. It does the job of holding the equipment for a recreational job and it all folds flat to rest against the walls to I can fit all my vehicles in the garage.

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post #55 of 57
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I'm lucky to have a wood floor, but those foam tiles look perfectly good. I'll still think about attaching something under the benchtop.


I have a painted concrete floor and shavings that escape the gutter make footing very very slippery.....I had a throw rug until one of the cats pissed on it....gotta replace with something that has better traction

post #56 of 57
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I have a painted concrete floor and shavings that escape the gutter make footing very very slippery.....I had a throw rug until one of the cats pissed on it....gotta replace with something that has better traction

Just use the cat as final brush on cera f layer. Problem solved
Haha
post #57 of 57
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Rule 1: You piss off your cats, they piss on you.

Anyway, I'm not sure they'd be so useful to brush anything out; they'd just shed on it.
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