Advice needed DIY ski tuning bench

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  1. Sydlouise

    Sydlouise Active Member

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    I'm moving house and in the fortunate situation of upsizing rather than downsizing :)
    one random piece of furniture I have cluttering up my gear room is a large varnished pine wooden desk it's about 1m deep by 1.6m wide.
    I'd like to use it to upgrade my ski tuning set up, currently a wobbly work horse in the courtyard but I have a large garage it can permanently live in soon.

    Happy to drill into it/permanently convert, what rigs do you recommend? Have looked at a lot of DIY suggestions but always better to hear from someone who is happy with their set up before i bust out the power tools.
     
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  2. jgm

    jgm Active Member

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    Have a look at tognar.com. My setup is a smallish table that lives in the garage. It has a Profi Ski Vise permamnently attached on one edge, with 2 wire baskets on slides underneath that I use to hold the iron, wax, P-Tex ribbon, repair string, dremel tool & edge grinder, soldering iron, etc. I have a powerboard on one end to power all the bits. The bench also has my sliding compound mitre saw on the top, so it serves a dual purpose, and I have fitted lockable wheels to the legs.
     
  3. bluess57

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    Just constructed a DIY tuning jig on the w/e out of scrap pine wood I had around, haven't used it yet, couple of changes still to make.
    This:-
    https://skitracks.wordpress.com/2010/08/13/diy-ski-tuning-bench/

    I made the boot template/dummy to fit into binding, so brakes are up and ski is locked into jig.
    This jig may only work on the one pair of skis though, and without an adjustable boot template, its one size only, or make it removable.
     
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  4. LMB

    LMB Old And Crusty
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    Whatever you do, if you plan on using it more than ocassionally try to get the height perfect for YOU. Trust me, that little bit too much bend after doing multiple skis/boards gets really annoying.
     
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    Jacko4650 Well-Known Member

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    Aha! I see a project coming on. As soon as I finish the roof rack thingy going over the back of the duel cab ute tray which will hold the skis this winter . . . . .
     
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  6. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver Dedicated Member

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    There's a few very cheap DIY ways to build a tuning bench without buying a ski tuning vice.

    Two pieces of 6x6 timber posts long enough to fit two pair of skis side by side, drill two holes through each piece 6 or 8mm and then half drill with larger drill to take round head bolt. Router two lots of two slots in your work bench to accommodate the two bolts in each post and attach 6x6 posts with butterfly nuts through the bench. The slots allow you to adjust the posts for different skis and binding set ups. Then cut out one slot in the top of each post deep enough to accept your ski on edge without falling out. Cut or buy some small timber wedges to hold your ski once n the slot. Pin on to the post some of that non slip rubber matting to hold your skis firm when sitting flat on top of the posts.

    This is a hard wearing, adjustable ski bench.
     
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  7. Ricardo64

    Ricardo64 Active Member

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    Hi Sydlouise,

    There are some great ideas here. I think you need to work out primarily is this workstation going to be fixed or portable. In this I mean are you going to grab your essential (wax, iron and petex and ski vice, brushes) stuff and take them with you when you go away on a trip or is this a permanent workstation.

    I do all my edging and waxing and I have opted for the portable option.

    Your desk sounds like it would make a fantastic workstation. organise your brushes in a draw and waxes in another.

    I get my stuff through these guys http://www.racewax.com/ they also have some great youtubes.

    good luck and have fun :thumbs:
     
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  8. Sydlouise

    Sydlouise Active Member

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    Any chance you have a picture of the sort of set up you're describing? I'm having a hard time visualing it but it sounds like a good option because I wax my family's skis and sometimes friends so many boot sizes.

    I ended up giving away the large desk because the house I bought has a gigantic old school workshop bench already in this weird storage area backing onto a sandstone wall. The home owner was a builder, built the house etc. Powerpoint and lights there and shelves above so quite a convenient spot to convert.
    There is loads of timber left behind in the storage area left behind so no doubt I've got something I can use.
     
  9. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver Dedicated Member

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    Ah no can do. I sold my house 2 months ago and the work bench went with it. Here's a pic of my demo set up which should give you a fair idea. See bottom right hand corner on bench. The blocks covered in the non slip fabric. I didn't bother drilling these because they hold on just fine but if you can imagine holes from top to bottom top half wider than bottom for bolt head and bolts dropped into the holes and going through the holes in the bench. I hope that helps. the yellow and black handled screw drivers are not part of the set up. They're just sitting there for ease of access.
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  10. Bloke

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    Here's my rig, cheap as chips to make

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    DPS Driver Dedicated Member

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    This is very similar to mine except I slotted the bench so that I could move the blocks to accommodate different sized skis and I wasn't as high tech with my vice. They work just fine don't they.
    I'll have to rebuild my bench once I've renovated the new house and made some space.
     
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    Bloke Dedicated Member

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    Yeah I haven't even got around to figuring out a better way to attach them to the bench. At the moment I just use clamps (not shown in pic). Works OK.