Anyone have a good system for cleanup of the filing and wax shavings mixed with just a little of the filing 50/50 solution? I'm using a shop brush / dust pan now but what I have in mind is cutting a hole the size of a shoe box into my workbench and attaching a shop vac underneath. That way I could just push the junk to the hole and let the shop vac do the rest. Oh.... don't forget to put a cheap carpet remnant under your work space. I've managed to grind a nice track of wax into my basement floor along the side of my bench.
But you are right a bench with a rectanglular hole the length of it would be great. The vice clamps mount on the inside edge so the ski sits over the hole, all filings and scrapings fall through into a catch tray which is under the bench so you are not tripping over it or kicking it when you are tuning. Ideally the bench would have a shelf at the back for all the tuning tools, a back light, space for a dremel and the waxing iron.
I had the idea the other day that when I build my dream garage/ office/ boy's room - I am having my ski tuning bench and mountain bike maintenance stand mounted on a platform that is on a set of tracks. There will be sliding or roller door in the wall of the garage so when the weather is great I can slide open the door, unlock the platform and slide it outside. Think practical version of 'Magic Fridge' - http://www.metacafe.com/watch/70680/magic_fridge_2006_superbowl_commercial/
and without teenagers stealing your skis or bikes.
Said dream garage office will have beer fridge, wide screen LCD TV with cable (sports package), BBQ and comfortable sofas so the boys can hang out and tune skis or repair bikes, eat drink and catch a game or two (rugby union or ice hockey preferably).