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I’m setting up my home ski tuning kit

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by Annabuzzy, Jun 22, 2020.

  1. Annabuzzy

    Annabuzzy Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    For many years I’ve been tuning my skis, but relying on a tuning bench and vices at my ski club to do that. So while I had my own waxes and edge tuners and files and diamond stones etc I relied on the iron, vice and bench at the lodge.

    No more. The past few days I’ve invested in a new iron and vice. Looking forward to getting out in the backyard and fixing up my skis - I find it therapeutic.
     
  2. was June daily watching

    was June daily watching One of Us

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    It's a nice thing to do in anticipation of the trip to the snow, like you're already on the way.
     
  3. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I just get new ones.
     
  4. Annabuzzy

    Annabuzzy Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ha ha I’ve already bought one pair of new skis from you this year lol
     
  5. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    LOL
     
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    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I wasn't joking!
     
  7. snowgum

    snowgum One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Any pics AB?
     
  8. Annabuzzy

    Annabuzzy Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not yet. Ordered but not delivered.
     
  9. Chaeron

    Chaeron A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nothing like getting off the storage wax and getting ready for the season.

    Just waxed my DPS Cassiar Alchemists - don’t want to Phantom them cause I like waxing?

    My current waxing work bench is a wooden bench at the front of the house made by a carpenter uncle of mine from the discarded panneling of a manor house - it’s 10, 000 km from where it was made and is 50 years old.
     
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    snowgum One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sounds cool - a few tinkerers here will be interested to see - even a tad jealous.

    FWIW: I have some semi-prof clamps but I need to find some space to set up my HD Aldi workbench to mount them. Did I mention I hate clearing out garages in winter? :confused::eek:

    Or wanting to donate kids’ toys, books and games in a pandemic? :rolleyes:
     
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  11. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    I bought a new Racewax kit last week as my old one got a bit scattered about with all the moving.

    Can finally build a permanent bench
     
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    Olgreg One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Carved out of a snow gum and mounted outdoors on granite @dawooduck ?.
    I bought some toko vices from a garage sale years ago, stuck a piece of pine board on the edge of a chest of drawers in the laundry, and regularly replace my iron every time I drop it on the tiled floor and smash it. My greatest joy is taking all our family’s skis outside to scrape wax off, skis chocked up on two compost bins, Rossignol apron on, pockets full of scrapers and brushes, drinking a stubbie in the afternoon sun. So professional.
     
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    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    That's the way to do it :thumbs:

    The bench will have to be outside because there isn't any room inside until I get the stable n storage shed up (currently flat packed in the paddock), move the stuff in the house shed garage over there and get my workshop setup in the house shed garage area.

    Shuffling stuff .... it never ends.
     
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    Telemark Phat Pass the butter Ski Pass: Gold

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    I got a quality digital wax iron last year, 25mm base for the element. Sooooo gooooood. Precise consistent temperature! Should have bought one years ago.
     
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    MattyHoll Hard Yards

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    I’ve been using a clamping style trestle table from Bunnings and some cable ties to hold the brakes back for the past few years, but hopefully with the lack of skiing this year I’ll get around to building a proper waxing bench haha. I may even decide to upgrade from an old clothes iron, but I really doubt that part.
     
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    Jacko4650 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Been battling away with bits and pieces for years but last year one of my fellow campers decided to go the full monty and bought up all the gear; gear you've never even heard of but apparently very important. We now have Sunday Sessions around the campfire every 4 weeks or so, generator to heat up the iron when required, and copious quantities of alcoholic beverages, because we can. Left Skis are always perfect, cos we go left to right. It's a bit of a thing this waxing session, amongst blokes, in the bush, with wild animals looking at you.
     
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    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    just double up the red rubber bands the postie uses.
    works for me.
    or the promo type wrist bands.
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    It’s like a men’s shed.

    Personally I get a LOT out of waxing my own boards (and teaching others to do theirs). It’s therapeutic.

    Lost a heap of gear last season because I left it in the communal board room under the bench with a note to use but please return my gear. I’ll still leave it there next season. More good people than bad. And I got new stuff (they did take the best stuff though).
     
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  19. MattyHoll

    MattyHoll Hard Yards

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    I usually keep the cable ties, usually doubled upped that suit each ski and binding combo. But elastic is the plan for a specific waxing bench. Something that attached to the bench I reckon. Then cheaper/free the better.
     
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    Nidecker One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    So I've got a pretty decent amount of my own tuning/waxing gear, been looking after a young ski racer for years. She is now training snowboarding, and I need snowboard vices, but I have never seen them for sale in Australia, anyone know where?
     
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    I was watching a video on youtube the other day of a bloke using a victorian era iron which he'd heat up on his cubic mini fire place to wax his skis, no generator required. Would just need to make sure you didn't let the iron get too hot on the fire place LOL
     
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    Nidecker One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Big Thick Rubber bands from officeworks!
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks for the boot up the backside.
    I just ordered a new iron, ptex, metal scraper, file, edge tuner, set of brushes, wax and 2 large Perspex scrapers (One for Japan to replace the large one that got nicked).
    Happy Days!
     
  24. kylep

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    Quick google shows rhythm and stm. As well as online retailers. What do you use for skis? Could be easily adapted? Not ideal but I’ve used one of those utility benches where the whole thing is a vice of sorts.
     
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    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I had these sort of things, https://stmonline.com.au/products/k...up8ynd5ReNnJz_ChcRCc6HmISt3tpbKRoCa8EQAvD_BwE did both. Now sitting in a Moonbah men’s shed.
     
  26. DPS Driver

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    Wanker!!!;)

    Me too. ha ha I suppose we're both wankers. Is it good form to flaunt it. Perhaps not.
     
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    DPS Driver One of Us

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    I don't wax anymore, Waxing is so last year....
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    Ok I do sometimes wax but just storage for the off season. I had a fixed bench plus a portable set up which has now become my only set up since moving into the smaller place. I don't need the full on fixed bench. I'm not waxing but do have a Phantom cure station which is still in the carton. Plenty of sun in Qld.
     
  28. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    The ski club has a large waxing room since the kids wax often (and are expected to do their own). It has 6 or 7 benches, exhaust fan, phone dock with speakers, and a lot of good tools and wax irons. Athletes provide their own consumables. Early in each season one of the coaches will run a ski tuning session for parents which is always well received. Then after that you'll typically see a small group of dads will form to work on their own skis over a beer or two most weekend afternoons. I'm not a fanatical tuner but it's good to socialise and get sharp skis as well.
     
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    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    the master ski tuner at our club uses a flat piece of plastic.
    cut around the heel binding he just slides it in under the brakes.
    could Mc Gyver one up out of a thin piece of ply , or metal...