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My apartment tuning setup

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

I'm a college kid. I'm on a budget, a budget of money as well as space. Here's what I came up with.

 

TaskForce Folding Saw Horse from Lowes for $20

Ski Man Compact Trio Vises from REI for $80

Industrial Strength Velcro from Lowes for ~ $15

 

So, there it is... A bright yellow sawhorse nearly covered in velcro. The yellow bins velcro on, the tools can velcro to the front, The trashcan can be moved underneath the sawhorse to catch wax shavings and whatnot. And it only takes up an area of about 3ft x 6ft. I just got this setup. Until now, I just finangled with the skis on the floor. Tuning 2 pairs of skis would take me close to 3 hours...

 

I haven't had the time to use it yet, just got it all set up this evening, but it's stable. This setup was fairly cheap, functional, and doesn't take much space. Works for me. Comments? Suggestions?

post #2 of 18

Nice work.  Looks like a well improvised system without breaking the bank.  I don't know if it's possible but a larger shelf is the only thing I see you needing.  Somewhere to put your iron and tools down.  You could also use a small side table to that end.  Good work!

post #3 of 18

rugs and either wax and metal shavings don't mix well, especially if this is a dorm room or apt that will knick you for damages later on!

 

the only thing I'd add would be some sort of plastic floor cover to cover the  area under the bench and extend past the ends of the skis.

 

Edit:

 

I just saw the square fabric covering---that's a good idea, but too small---needs to be larger

post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 

I agree that the floor covering is too small. It's what I had so I'm using it for now. I can move the trashcan under the center of the bench and under the ends to catch shavings, but the legs of the sawhorse will still leave 2 spots exposed. My goal is to keep as much of it off the floor as possible so I don't have to move it too often. In May, my girlfriend and I are moving into a 2 bedroom apartment, so I'll have more room to set up a tuning area.

 

 

   I *think* I could have gone cheaper if I tried. If  $100 is beyond a budget for a tuning station, cheaper vises with only the 2 end vises would work. You could use a belt to retain breaks and hold ski to bench, similar to the Cinch. Just a thought :)

post #5 of 18

Looks great!

post #6 of 18

Needs a cup holder for

post #7 of 18

My travel tune-up solution works pretty good and takes up no (permanent) space.  I just bring the 2 end vises and attach them to the kitchen countertop (if it is a suite) or a long table.  The kitchen countertop works best because there is no carpet and the lighting is very good.  Trash bag is already there with an outlet for the iron.

 

Be sure to clear up the kitchen first.  Skis and dishes don't go well together!

post #8 of 18

Another option to consider.  $60 at Sears.

 

Quick clamp table

 

Highly versatile for tuning.  Mount on your ski clamps and you're good to go!  In fact, you don't even need them if you aren't a perfectionist.  Have a boarder friend, all they need to do is use the included clamp pegs and they are set to tune.  Oh, and it folds flat for easy storage.


Edited by wildone09 - 2/19/2009 at 08:32 pm
post #9 of 18

Go to Home Depot, but a roll of disposable drop cloth, they come in various mils, thinnest i think is $3.  Cut, use, dispose.  I carry a roll in my ski tool box.

post #10 of 18

Man, this is exactly the thread I needed to get my NYC apartment set up. Thanks to hydrogen and to wildone for the suggestions...gonna have to try them out.

post #11 of 18

The portable Workmate style bench is what I use- but I got mine cheaper than the one listed from wildone09 at Harbor Freight Tools. On sale they are under $20 and to support the skis tips and tails I got 2 of the roller stands that they sell also.

 

www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf

 

www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf

 

Then I added a piece of scrap plywork for some more length to catch some more of the wax. Use a pair of the T style snowboard clamps that Burton and a few others sell.

post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by RShea View Post

 

The portable Workmate style bench is what I use- but I got mine cheaper than the one listed from wildone09 at Harbor Freight Tools. On sale they are under $20 and to support the skis tips and tails I got 2 of the roller stands that they sell also.

 

www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf

 

www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf

 

Then I added a piece of scrap plywork for some more length to catch some more of the wax. Use a pair of the T style snowboard clamps that Burton and a few others sell.

 

Wow - this is inexpensive!  Nice find!

post #13 of 18

^ +1!

 

Brilliant, RShea, thanks for sharing.

post #14 of 18

Nice job.  I was in a similar situation and needed a setup the could fold up and be stored in the closet.  I built mine on the exact same sawhorse.  Main difference is that I bolted a board to the top to give a little more working area and especially to be able to have the vices further out towrds the ends of the skis.

post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 

That sounds like a good idea. I may borrow it. ;)

 

  I do catch myself wishing the ends had better support.... :/

post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by curih View Post

 

Nice job.  I was in a similar situation and needed a setup the could fold up and be stored in the closet.  I built mine on the exact same sawhorse.  Main difference is that I bolted a board to the top to give a little more working area and especially to be able to have the vices further out towrds the ends of the skis.

The roller stands allow for support at any length ski, any height difference can be handled also. They fold up too.

post #17 of 18

Here's a related thread:


$30 Tuning Bench

 

By bolting a 12 to 16" x 48" top to a sturdy sawhorse, like the StableMates I use, you have a larger tool and supply area which also contains the mess better (coupled with efficient waxing techniques). In one of tops I inlaid a T-track for vises. This can also can be used to bolt bench top tools like routers, table saws, jointers, etc or secure other objects than skis and snowboards. I use my pair year round for a variety of projects, individually or in pairs. Great for beverages and bar tops too.....so I've heard.

 

(Note the folded saw horse in the background.)

 

 

 


 


Edited by Alpinord - 2/24/2009 at 02:42 pm
post #18 of 18

Very cool!

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