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Homemade Vise

post #1 of 18
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In my current jobless state, I'm unable to afford the luxury of a $50+ ski vise (besides, most don't hold cap skis well anyway) and have decided to build my own. My attempts to use carpentry clamps with wood blocks last season were too flimsy. With the design decided, I need one crucial part, a binding retractor, specifically one that's shaped like the bottom of a ski boot and clicks into the binding (therefore retracting the brakes and also providing a secure anchor point). Anyone know where I can get a hold of one of these, I can modify it to fix onto the base, just need this one piece....
post #2 of 18
Been there, done that and bought the T-Shirt.

Damned near as expensive with the Home Depot vise + a whole pile of "Rube Goldberg" junk to keep things secure.

The vises are a bargain and cut the time in more than half.
post #3 of 18
How about just using a portable work bench? The one I bought from Big lots for $9.99 works great. It came with pegs that hold my skis perfectly when I tighten them up.
post #4 of 18
i have made myself a boot sole out of some plank of wood. this sole can easily be attached to any table with two clamps. i then click the ski in for any kind of edge or base tuninig. super stable and cheap. if that was possible here, i'd post a picture.
post #5 of 18
Like snowdan writes, wood will do. Still simpler, you take an old skiboot your size, cut off the shell leaving only the boot sole and screw the piece of wood into the "shell".
post #6 of 18
The sole thing made of wood worked for me too .... but how do you get a good grip to flip em' sideways to do the edges?
post #7 of 18
Someone posted a photo "how to" guide here and over at TGR. In that series of photo's you could see how he made a workable vice out of a portable workbench (Blizzboys idea) and other things. I remember thinking ---hmm, I'll have to try that.

I'll see if I can find the link. try here:

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...&threadid=5528
post #8 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by snowdan
i have made myself a boot sole out of some plank of wood. this sole can easily be attached to any table with two clamps. i then click the ski in for any kind of edge or base tuninig. super stable and cheap. if that was possible here, i'd post a picture.
A boot vise is the best way to go.
post #9 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by makwendo99
With the design decided, I need one crucial part, a binding retractor, specifically one that's shaped like the bottom of a ski boot and clicks into the binding (therefore retracting the brakes and also providing a secure anchor point). Anyone know where I can get a hold of one of these, I can modify it to fix onto the base, just need this one piece....
Am i the only cheapskate who uses a thick rubber band to retract the bindings?:
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by Mom
Am i the only cheapskate who uses a thick rubber band to retract the bindings?:
No

I have alot of expensive equipment and I still use rubber bands to hold the brakes.
post #11 of 18
Heavy bands are what I use.
You can triple up with the type
used to hold vegetable bunches
at the grocery store.
Or buy a few via outfits
such as Artech.
post #12 of 18

rubber bands

This year, I swear, I'm gonna' make something up.

Rubber bands ...... ping ... snap .... ouch!

Too tight or too loose!

Ping ......... chase it across the room ...... AGGGGGGGGGGGGH!
post #13 of 18
You can get the perfect bands at Home Depot for cheap.

I have never had them break and they are the perfect tension.
post #14 of 18
I use mason jar rubber seals.
post #15 of 18
I sometimes use a piece of 14-2 indoor electrical wire. Strip it apart, throw away the copper ground and using the white wire, (the black one pre-releases: ) twist a loop in one end, attach to one side of brake arm, wrap around the top of the binding and twist around the opposite brake, done!
post #16 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yuki
The sole thing made of wood worked for me too .... but how do you get a good grip to flip em' sideways to do the edges?

i do the side edges in that position too, that is no problem.
post #17 of 18
I have a horseshoe-shaped metal clip that slides over the back of the binding and holds down the brake wings. It's a Salomon tool I've had for about a hundred years, but recently I saw on a website for Swix or SunValley Tools or some such a plastic clip that did the same thing.
post #18 of 18
I used two scraps of 3/4" plywood, one sized for Leigh's boot and one for mine, screwed onto a 2X4X10" center scrap. The other side acts as a base when snapped into the binding.
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