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post #151 of 213

I just moved in 2 months ago so setting up my first dedicated tuning workbench was a high priority, the results:

 

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Base up for repairs and waxing..

 

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... or 45 degree option for tuning edges.

 

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Overall I am really happy with the results, I might try silicone on the blocks instead of inner tube if they don't grip enough but the loop and cord cleat system to secure the ski is working really well for now.

 

 

post #152 of 213

 

My current shop in the attic. It hasn't been this clean in a while, as all summer it doubled as a drum building workshop and studio. It's almost time to pull the skis and boots up from the basement. BTW the beer fridge and coffee maker are in the drum area.

 

Mike

post #153 of 213

^^I'd be looking at some insulation if I were spending that much time in my attic.  Other than that, looks pretty sweet.

post #154 of 213
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^^I'd be looking at some insulation if I were spending that much time in my attic.  Other than that, looks pretty sweet.



I would insulate it, but I don't own it. There is a huge attic fan at the opposite end that is thermostatically controlled. It's poweful enough to cool down my whole second floor apartment in anything under 90 degree heat. Winters aren't too bad up here either a quartz milk house heater does a nice job at keeping me warm whether I'm tuning or playing my drums.

Got to love living in a hundred year old house!

 

Mike

 

post #155 of 213

Things are finally coming together for the tuning bench.  I still have a few tools I want but for the most part I have everything I really need.

 

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and since it apparently very important to have copious quantities of beer handy while tuning skis....

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post #156 of 213

Whoa!  Nice beer selection.

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...jus takin it to the next level.  haha

post #158 of 213

^^^Where's the hot box?th_dunno-1[1].gif

post #159 of 213
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Originally Posted by cstreu1026 View Post

Things are finally coming together for the tuning bench.  I still have a few tools I want but for the most part I have everything I really need.

 

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and since it apparently very important to have copious quantities of beer handy while tuning skis....

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That's a lot of Yuengling for someone not in PA.

post #160 of 213
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If I manage to get my desk/tuning bench cleaned up, I'll lay all of the stuff out proper and then post it, UP Racer seems to be the man to beat, judging from the pics I've seen of his shop.
What? This old place?.....

 

I love it!  So neat and organized, as well as comfortable. icon14.gif  Is that a piece of roof gutter attached to the front of the bench?  What's that for?  To catch wax shavings/drips?  Good idea -- I have to do that when I set up mine.  Gotta love the old clothes iron redface.gif

post #161 of 213

I hang my head in modesty when I see all your beautiful set-ups here redface.gif.  But since this is the "utterly shameless thread", here goes, here's mine.  It's not much, but my skis call it home.... biggrin.gif

 

post #162 of 213
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That's a lot of Yuengling for someone not in PA.


We're lucky enough to have them distributing Yuengling in Ohio now.

post #163 of 213

not much just the basic tools but the view/weather is great! biggrin.gif
 

 

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post #164 of 213
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not much just the basic tools but the view/weather is great! biggrin.gif
 

 

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nice, i tune my skis in the sub basement of my house. I went to clean it up yesterday and found some lovely pink (non toxic) mold  

post #165 of 213

recycled kitchen cabinets, free for the removal, works. I would say a couple things that are right about this bench are the numerous lights, formica surface, lots of storage, a backup woodshop, music, darts and pool, and a bottle opener very handy.

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post #166 of 213
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Originally Posted by renenkel View Post

 

I love it!  So neat and organized, as well as comfortable. icon14.gif  Is that a piece of roof gutter attached to the front of the bench?  What's that for?  To catch wax shavings/drips?  Good idea -- I have to do that when I set up mine.  Gotta love the old clothes iron redface.gif


WOW.  What a blast from the past.  I have upgraded this a ton since then.  In fact, I gave away that couch and TV and upgraded both. I'm working out of town right now, but I'll get some updated pictures up.

post #167 of 213

Here is my latest version. 

 

post #168 of 213
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Jacques - You mention at the start of you video the skis have been in the hot box at 150F (65 Celsius). This seems a lot hotter than most people tend to use here, generally 110-140. How do you find the higher temperature works and has it had any negative effect on any equipment?

Kiwi, I have not been here for a long time!   Anyway a Swix Hot box goes up to 70.c.   Yes I have had a few issues amongst all the skis I have boxed.  These were skis that had damage to them already.   I have not had any issues other than those couple times.  For the most part I don't go over 145 F. to be honest.  I can hit the limit at 158 F if I wanted to, but have found no need to go that hot.  Some types of wood can expand at high heat.  When a ski has damage, the core can get wet inside.  Then the expansion is going to cause an issue.  Anyway, out of a hundred pairs, I had only two problems. (one was a test with an old ski I did not care about.)  Again, these were skis,boards, with prior damage.  If one over cooks a base with an iron the same things can happen anyway.  I have been very pleased with the performance of the skis I have "Zoom Boxed" and so have all the folks I have done it for.  If a hot box can only do 120 F it's only going to be good for yellow soft wax.  After that may as well use an iron.  Bla bla bla.  Take care man.

post #169 of 213
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Originally Posted by kiwiski View Post

Jacques - You mention at the start of you video the skis have been in the hot box at 150F (65 Celsius). This seems a lot hotter than most people tend to use here, generally 110-140. How do you find the higher temperature works and has it had any negative effect on any equipment?

Oh yea, here is what happens.

post #170 of 213

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Here's my new place

post #171 of 213

Pro shop i guess?
Very nice! I like how clean it looks, very organized, no random cables/things in the way... I wish my basement looked like that! icon14.gif

post #172 of 213

Wow, there are some truly magnificent tuning rooms on display here! Looking through the bent back tulips (the other way)...

 

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A low ball, rag tag collection, but it seems to get the job done.

 

Nothing compares though to the amazing ski museum and hidden lair high up in Colorado.  ;-)

post #173 of 213

Is that an RX7 in the background?

post #174 of 213
Good eye. Yup, it's the girlfriend's. 1993 Coupe, 5 speed twin turbo, 88k miles. Peppy, to put it mildly. ;-)

Actually she's selling it. Anyone interested can PM me.
post #175 of 213
My father-in-law had a 93 RX-7 R1 when my wife and I met. He sold it in 2005 with just 13k on the clock. It was a blast to drive but hard to get in and out.


Sent by Pony Express
post #176 of 213
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 It was a blast to drive but hard to get in and out.

 

Ha, definitely feel like one of the Mercury 7 climbing into the cockpit! And the acceleration is much more rocket-like than the Forester I'm usually driving.

 

A fun ride, for sure!  ;-)

post #177 of 213

Upgraded again!

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Originally Posted by L&AirC View Post

So for the third year in a row, I've upgrade my shop:

 

First year is was a table on wheels in the basement with a vise on the edge.  Was a pain because the table kept rolling!

 

Then I made this.  Worked OK but I wanted better and I needed a dedicated area.

 

 

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Last year I went to this:

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Was better but the flood lights were burning my head and most of the tools were on the bench and in the way.

 

So at the end of last year I salvaged a NASTAR banner from death by dumpster and that motivated me to do this:

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This lets me have a more open bench, can put the ski I just waxed or whatever infront of the window and none of the other skis are in the way like they were last year.  I still use the set up I had two years ago for snow boards.  The skis in the vise I got at a ski swap dirt cheap; demos that look like they were never used.  My wife is going to try skiing this season so she is the proud owner of 140cm with adult demo bindings!  All they needed was wax and if she doesn't like it, I can sell them for what I paid.

 

I also went from taking care of 5 pairs of skis and two snow boards to 9 pairs of skis and two snow boards.  And of course those of my friends that bring me beer.

 

Just need to add the Lange girl poster

 

Never got a Lange girl poster but did remodel the kitchen so I salvaged the counter tops.  Over the last couple years I added tools here and there.  This pic isn't how the shop typically looked but is how it looks when I don't want my better half walking back there because I got new skis biggrin.gif

 

When it looks like that, she won't go in there and I can hide stuff.  The problem is a can't lie and the burden was too much for me so I came clean and of course cleaned the shop.  The quiver has grown and now my grandson and oldest daughters fiance is in the mix.  The skis I was hiding by the way are the GSX Elans leaning against the gray shelve with the SLX Elans leaning on them.

 

Through the process -

 

Counters from the kitchen are in.  I know that isn't the typical spot for a Lazy Susan but it is the right spot for one if you need to support a seam.

 

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Now starting to get organized -

 

 

 

Everything has a little cubby.  The screws in the wood used to hold all types of tools but now the shelve is lower than before and I don't think this location will work anymore.

 

 

 

Every now and again I cook a liner and this helps hold the boot open.  Works great.

 

 

Got a couple new tools also across the off season; scraper sharpener and Ptex gun.  I also like the fact I have access to the window again.

 

I haven't used it since I put the counter in so I'm not sure where everything will end up.  You can see the big honkin' seam from where the sink used to be.  I cut the sink hole out tongue.gif free hand and used a joiner to put the counters together.  I'm not worried about "pretty" because it doesn't matter.  Just dumped a bunch of RTV in the seam so I don't have to worry about things (screws, wax shavings) falling through.

 

Once I start using it things will magically end up where they need to be; always do.

 

Ken

post #178 of 213
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I posted the following on another thread a while ago, and folks asked for some pictures. Here's the description from the other posting, followed by the pics.

 

We converted an oversized {1.5 cars, and deep} attached garage into a tuning room. All finished with rough pine. One wall has a closet designed to store infrequently used skis and poles, and next to it 5 shelves that hold 4 big clear storage tubs each {from Staples}, with storage for ski bags underneath. One shelf is open to hold the kids' tuning boxes, and those of friends, when they're home. Another closet with lots of shelving for my non-ski hardware, is on the other side of the shelving. The flooring in the closets and under the shelves is Dry-Tec, a modular plastic mat, which is great for moisture. We also have it in an area where we typically leave skis to air dry when they come off the hill, which is next to the hardware closet, near one of two doors.

 

The opposite wall has a very big {2.5' X 8'} built in bench, with a hot box built under it. That bench is coated with white epoxy high-gloss boat paint, which cleans up easily. It has slots recessed into the top for vises, so that the ski sits over the bench, and wax for the most part drips on the bench.The ends of the bench have a 1" raised rail to gather wax scrapings, and there's a 10" by 4" slot that drops into a garbage can. Raised along the wall are hardware bins {which are removable} which hold brushes, Fiberlene, scrapers, tape, scrubbies, etc. This bench is used just for waxing. Also drying racks to hold 4 pairs of skis for curing after waxing, before scraping. Above the bench is a commercial sized bathroom ventilator to take out the fumes. My electrician was a college employee who moonlights on the side, and he suggested it for the purpose. It pulls a ton of air. It's all boxed in for a finished look. Outlets are against the wall, and in the ceiling for irons. The bench is deep enough to keep irons out of the way, along with wax, etc. There's about four feet of unused wall space for skis to the right of the bench.

 

The far wall has a Holmenkoll folding bench, permanently set up for tuning. Wall bins there hold that equipment. No waxing on that bench. Keeps the area very easy to clean. Almost instant with a shop vac. There is a lot of wall space on either side of that bench....perhaps six feet on either side.

 

The floor is painted, and will be repainted with an non-skid epoxy polymer this summer. It has a drain in the middle. The floor area near the benches is covered with a dense rubber flooring, designed for use in weight rooms. Very easy on the feet. We have plenty of wall space for skis to lean skis against.  We have enough open floor space to accommodate two other tuning benches, with vises on both sides, if needed. We've had six people working at once in there, while two others were on spin bikes over the past few weeks.  

 

The tuning room has a couch, a small fridge along the front wall {note, not in the pics}, and we use ipod's and speakers for music. Many laughs about various racers' playlists! No demand for a TV, yet. We are adding a spin bike. I removed and framed the garage door, finished it inside and out and installed a regular door and window. Easy access,and nice for fresh air when the weather is right. The room has it's own heat source {Rinnai propane}. We can use the room to dry a ton of wet clothing, too, with folding racks and a rod that runs the width of the room along the ceiling, away from the benches.

 

If I had to do it over again, I'd only make two changes. We're very pleased with the rest. I would lower the height of the big bench. It's fine for me, but a bit high for my daughter and some of the high school and college age women. The guys love it, so perhaps I'll build a removable platform for the shorter tuners to stand on. I'd also probably pay more attention {or less} to outlets. People crack up, as I wasn't sure where I'd need them, so I went way overboard, including in the ceiling. There are over 20 outlets in the room. I could have planned it better. The room has four big banks of fluorescent lights. We had planned to add more direct lighting, but the lighting seems fine. I planned on a lot of storage space for tools, wax, fiberlene, tape, spares, etc. and we use it all. The bin storage system works well for that. What seemed like a huge amount of wall space for skis has turned out to be perfect. In the summer we have three roof boxes stored in there, and if we come up with bikes, it becomes the bike room.

 

We have no fumes, or tuning smells in the house, at all, which is nice. When we built this room, and sacrificed a garage in ski country, some thought we were nuts. It gets constant use, though. I'm not sure how we'd work things without it, as crazy as that sounds. A lot of time is spent there over the past few years.  

 

Here are the pics:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So....the house that this tuning room is built above {and around} has just been listed for sale. Your opportunity to own a pretty great tuning room at Sugarloaf in Maine. Comes with 5 BR's, 2 baths, FR and LR, and space that either contracts to be real cozy, or expands to hold a crowd. Ski-in ski out on West Mountain. Located about a mile up hill from the golf course. Low taxes, utilities, etc. Great ski house. All world tuning room. Fully furnished, and absolutely turnkey. It would be terrible to see the tuning room turned back into a garage! It's one of the best ski house layouts that I have ever seen, and it's less expensive than the high end condo's, by far. PM me if you want to learn more. Need to find a family who will use that room!!

 

The house is in perfect condition. With two adult kids living in the Rockies, and a lot of interest in skiing places other than Sugarloaf and the East, it just doesn't make sense to keep a ski house that is 220 miles from our home, to use it sparingly, even during ski season. Hard for us to make this decision, in some ways, and easy in others. I hear there's a lot to ski west of New England....

 

Lemond Revmaster spin bike included! I love that room....and so does any serious skier or tech who has seen it! 

post #179 of 213

I wanted to sand flat an old, abused metal edge cross country ski, so I took it outside to avoid the dust in the apartment.  Was a little chilly, but the view of the Hudson and the Palisades in New Jersey is nice.  Was extra careful not to drop anything.  

 

I must be one of the only people in a New York City apartment with a tuning room, which I made from a tiny unused kitchen.  When I get it cleaned up and organized, I'll try to post a photo.  It's not as high tech as some of the above, but suits my needs.  

post #180 of 213

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BK

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