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homemade Vice for under $10

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I posted 2 weeks ago about acquiring a binding attachment boot for a vice sorta like the skiman method, but $10 of material and hardware can bring about similar results....

Material:
Lumber 3/4" thick x 4"X3ft
4" L brackets (2)
1/4"x1" Bolts (6)
1/4" wing nuts (2)
1/4" screw nuts (4)
Total cost $9.93

Already had carpentry clamps so didn't have to purchase...

The tip/tail supports aren't made yet, but a stack of old books/ etc etc can be used...

I just traced the shape of my ski boot bottom on the piece of wood and used a jigsaw/sandpaper to make a replica...









Flip 90 degrees for edge work

post #2 of 7
Hey pretty nice!
post #3 of 7
Nice job

I never noticed how much difference a good solid vice and especially a solid table made when filing and scraping wax until last year.

I got a Holmenkol folding bench which is a monster and pretty cheap for the quality and heft. I also got there vice which is the same as the Ski Man vices.

I could never go back to a Jerry rigged setup or folding Swix table.

You can tune so much faster when the whole table is not moving with you when scraping cooled wax. This makes a difference when doing 6 pairs of skis.
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Yea I wouldn't think of doing any work on the skis on the table that's on the pictures (just for demo purposes!), I do have a shop bench that's in the garage, rock solid, just need to clean up the sawdust before doing any waxing!
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by makwendo99
just need to clean up the sawdust before doing any waxing!
Bah. Leave it 'til after waxing, and compress the mess into a nice firestarter log. :
post #6 of 7
buy the one from artech...it will last you a lifetime

I have the heavy duty version & love it
post #7 of 7
Necessity is the mother of invention...nice job! Let us know how it works out. I just made myself a nice steel scraper for flattening ski bases. I was looking at the race werks web site and saw some nice SVST steel scrapers when I remembered I had a small section of 3/8 inch thick carbon steel off an old snow plow blade. I cut out a section that was a bit larger than 5.5"x3.5" and took it to my brother-in-laws machine shop. I squared everything up and flattened it on one of his mills. For $20 I got a precison grinding shop to diamond grind the tool marks out, polish it, and make sure it was machined true. I now have a 5.5"x3.5"x3/8" carbon steel base flattener thats extremely sharp, flat, true, polished and unbendable...no worries of scraping a convex or concave shape into my bases. I'll probably have this thing for the rest of my life.
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