Originally Posted by zohan
I have a 4inch wide Rockler jointer in my garage that I use for woodworking projects. Anyone ever turn one into a stone grinder for flattening bases?
I've seen many of these used for planing boots.
Grinding bases? Novel idea.
Short list of problems you might need to solve off the top of my head, not meant to be exhaustive:
-finding or making a stone. the jointers I'm familiar with are set up for tools much smaller in diameter than all the ski stones I've ever seen
-dressing the stone. You could Just Do It with a dressing bit and a pair of vice grips, but the results would probably leave something to be desired.
-feeding the ski. You could Just Do It as is often done with small children's skis. The results can be passable but that is with tiny skis that don't need much pressure Actual flattening work of adult skis? I think you'd want a real feed system.
-coolant. Do those jointers have washdown motors and electronics? You need to spray a considerable amount of coolant on the stone.
It would probably be much easier to buy a used machine from a shop. Lots of people have gone that route.