My daughter has progressed a bit as a ski racer and I am going to be doing a lot more "ski tech" than I have in the past and I will have to be mobile. My research has come across some fantastically expensive ski tuning benches and some sorta reasonably priced ones that are kinda flimsy. So... I started thinking and poking around.
I am going to use a folding metal sawhorse from Home Depot ($29). Looks decent, little heavier than you might guess. Good online reviews, will definitely hold the weight of a pair of skis! Legs are adjustable for height. Folds very compact with the legs self contained in the "body"
Poking around on the sawhorse reviews, it was noted that putting some 1/4" bolts in the ends will "lock" the legs open. So I bought four 1/4"x 3/4" bolts ($.44)
Pics of where they go on the ends to "lock the legs"
Very stable now...
Then, for the "table" part... Stair tread looked perfect... 11.5" wide pretty sturdy, not too heavy (Pine... could do oak), 48" long ($10.55)
Then some Minwax on the top (few coats are coming to make a hard and "cleanable" surface ($8) and some wood screws (<$1.50)
I have sanded and put on one coat. I will drill some extra holes to mount the legs in more places, but this is starting to looks very sharp, portable, and functional. A company in NH cuts out a hand hole to help carry it. I may mount the top just a bit off center so if I am pushing hard with hard wax (Bullet) it will be more centered, but I anticipate not even needing to do so.
More pics and tips as I finish this up. Too excited not to share.
Any ideas or recs from the community?