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How do I know when I've planed the sidewalls enough?

post #1 of 6
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I see plenty on here about planing sidewalls so that you can efficiently cut/polish edges, but never anything about how to know when you're done planing. I just got a Swix Economy Cutter today and I took it to my skis. Set the blade to take off just a bit of sidewall per pass, and then I passed twice over each sidewall. I got a nice solid ribbon of sidewall off, but I don't think it was enough because I was still having trouble polishing my edges after that. Obviously it's difficult to put back material once it's been cut off, so I'm wary of taking too much sidewall off at once. But how do I know that I've taken off just the right amount of material?

post #2 of 6

You've taken off enough once your file no longer makes that grinding sound, and you stop getting sidewall in the file.

 

Surprised you're needing to plane the sidewalls when using a stone... you're not trying to change the side edge bevel with a stone, are you?

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You've taken off enough once your file no longer makes that grinding sound, and you stop getting sidewall in the file.

 

Surprised you're needing to plane the sidewalls when using a stone... you're not trying to change the side edge bevel with a stone, are you?

No, I've just really needed to plane them for a while and I finally got the planer today. My edges needed a touch-up, but not a full filing, so I figured I would take care of that after I cut the sidewalls. 

 

So that sounds simple enough -- I'm done planing when there's no more sidewall in my edge file. Are there any signs of starting to take too much material off, or is it one of those cases where it's pretty obvious that you've screwed up?

post #4 of 6
I take a little bit off at a time until i can take a pass with the file that doesn't grind against the sidewall. You can always take more off but you can't put it back on! If the planer catches or starts creating divots, you're going too aggressively.
post #5 of 6

Does it seem odd do anyone else that skis are still produced like everyone is still skiing a 0 side? I know many come with a 3 side but why do they come with the additional sidewall material? Couldn't they save money by making the ski above the base thinner?  

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I take a little bit off at a time until i can take a pass with the file that doesn't grind against the sidewall. You can always take more off but you can't put it back on! If the planer catches or starts creating divots, you're going too aggressively.

I always make a few extra passes after I've gotten to the clearance point, not because it is necessary, but just because I don't always have time to shave the sidewalls when I am doing a tune so I try to make it last a while therefore I try to take off enough that I won't have to trim the sidewalls again that season. 

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