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The vise is great, the folding table is crap. The table's made of plastic and has a bevel on the top edge. When I clamp the vises down, they start deforming the plastic. Because of the pressure when I work the ski, they gradually bend the edge of the table until they twist off. It's the crappy folding table.
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I recently spent some $$$ on a bunch of tuning gear from Artech. I have never done any of that work myself. Today I prep'd three pairs of new skis with wax. I used the Artech table and Swix vises. What great gear - especially the table. Because it has a heavily urethaned wood top, the wax comes right off. The legs are extraordinarily stout making the table as sturdy as you could want. It does not move at all when scraping and brushing heavily. I have seen the light weight Swix tables which appear spindly by comparsion. The Swix vises fit securely as well. the working height is perfect.  If you have $150 to spend to make tuning easier, you will not be disappointed.

http://www.artechski.com/2014-ARTECH-Ski-Tuning-Bench-6101.aspx#gsc.tab=0

That's the same table I have. Solid.
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If you have $150 to spend to make tuning easier, you will not be disappointed.

http://www.artechski.com/2014-ARTECH-Ski-Tuning-Bench-6101.aspx#gsc.tab=0
20% off at Artech at least through the end of the Games, coupon code OLYMPICS, so you can get it for $120.

I love that table, but at 35" high it would bring my skis to about, oh, chest level. I considered buying it and having the legs cut down, but instead I'm using a 15" x 48" piece of melamine screwed to a steel sawhorse which I've made stable with two small modifications, and adjusted so the skis are nearer to hip height. I don't appear to be actually building the bench I wanted, so I think a second horse and bigger piece of melamine are in my future. It won't be much cheaper than the Artech bench, and nowhere near as pretty, but it's turned out to be perfect.

Melamine, by the way, is nice to work on; wax pops off the textured surface after it's cooled, it's waterproof, safe with solvents, and heat resistant, can be scrubbed and cleaned, and so far my tuning activities haven't scratched or damaged the surface at all.
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