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  1. #101
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfinn View Post
    Had a friend who's far handier than I am build me out a gear room/ski tuning room this summer. The finishing piece is a vise setup (and probably some more tools down the road). Any suggestions on a good vise setup to wax/tune skis? Most are in the 105-115 width. Vises need to clamp to a countertop and ideally not be permanent.

    Maybe something like this?
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...WMKM0AJY46SMZD
    Thats the one I have, but I got mine from Tognar versus Amazon... Mostly because theyre from Oregon like me and I try to support local when I can. Its worth the extra $20 IMO.

    https://www.tognar.com/toko-freeride-ski-vise/

  2. #102
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cozzey View Post
    https://www.rei.com/blog/wp-content/...n-Cutsheet.pdf

    Loved these ideas and got to thinking about a portable one that you can fold up, turns out that REI has thought about it as well.

    Currently traveling through Portugal, but I shot a christmas request out to Gramps to see if he would be able to make one. He seems pretty excited to work on the project and REI has already laid out all of the details which is really nice.
    Yea the folding is nice for saving space during storage. The non-folding is nice if you want to use it upside down for ski mounting (I prefer a flat surface with some carpet on it) and/or other projects in the off season. Storage space isn't an issue so I went with non-folding.

  3. #103
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    Well this could easily be flipped over due to the wings that hold it open when opened. There would only be a small inch gap in the middle so nothing big.

  4. #104
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    Montani Semper Liberi

  5. #105
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    I too used to have a wax bench/room. Kegerator and everything. But we have since moved to town and while we dont have a lot of space in the new place, we do have room for the skis and a wax bench. Here it is with my homemade nordic profile for XC skis.

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  6. #106
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    Been a few years since I built this, works great. Has a whiteboard surface which theoretically lets you scrape wax drippings off easier, but havent ever bothered.

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  7. #107
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    I built this bench a few years ago. When Im not skiing or mountain biking (or working), I build furniture. This little bench is beech and Purple Heart. All made with joinery except for the bench bolts on the stretchers so I can break it down if I need to. Little tool tray on the back of the bench to hold stuff that doesnt have a home on the peg board. Despite its diminutive appearance (and its free standing) it doesnt rock when I scrape wax.


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  8. #108
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    I'm a carpet blocks kind of guy. having spent a little time in a shop i find they get out of the way easy and work as well as anything.

    none of you guys use counterweights while scraping?
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    ^ nice dude I’m trying that for sure.

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    Blocks or counterweights ?


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  11. #111
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    The carpet on the blocks. I have some blocks never thought of a non skid cushion. Have some bungee cords, never though if a dumbbell. How do you rig that in there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by margotron View Post
    I'm a carpet blocks kind of guy. having spent a little time in a shop i find they get out of the way easy and work as well as anything.

    none of you guys use counterweights while scraping?
    I yoga mat material on my blocks, a bit more friction when scraping.


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  13. #113
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkiLyft View Post
    I yoga mat material on my blocks, a bit more friction when scraping.


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    I use the anti skid carpet material on mine. Skis dont move at all.

  14. #114
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    Blown bike tire inner tubes for me. I also took a spare swappable dynafit boot sole and lock my toe piece into that and speed clamp it to my work bench. Works like a charm.

    For my nordic skis I made a wood jig that holds a metal nail that my Pilot bindings can clamp into.

    I've not done well scraping without having my skis locked down. But my touring skis with tech bindings probably weigh the same as a set of Pivots.

  15. #115
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    I'm gonna put sides on my skin regluing board

    One side will be for tacking down skins to reglue

    the other side for catching wax shavings

    I will post some pics when I get around to it
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  16. #116
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    Quote Originally Posted by John_B View Post
    Blown bike tire inner tubes for me. I also took a spare swappable dynafit boot sole and lock my toe piece into that and speed clamp it to my work bench.
    Do you have any pictures of this? Sounds very interesting and cleaver.... good thinking.

  17. #117
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    Here's how I set mine up to deal with wax droppings:

    Regular work bench (pic 1)
    Outriggers that are screwed underneath with a single screw so they can rotate outward (pic 2)
    Another 1x2 which crosses those with hand clamps holding it together, plus a sheet to catch the wax (pic 3)
    Ski vises that clamp on the outside of the bench, and the sheet catches the shavings (pic 4)

    Posted in the hopes of someone being able to use the idea, or even better improve the idea and let me know what they did.

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  18. #118
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    I’d improve it by having a fire extinguisher in the pic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rideski View Post
    Id improve it by having a fire extinguisher in the pic
    That's what the keg in the fridge is for.

    Haven't had an issue with that yet though. 120 degrees on the iron isn't lighting any sheets on fire to this point.

  20. #120
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    Built a box today. Based loosely on the REI box previously posted. Thanks all for the inspo!

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  21. #121
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    All this stuff is cool. Personally, I like showing up to a buddy’s with a sixer, a nug , and some skis to wax and seeing old dried wax drops on a bench. Call me sentimental.

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  23. #123
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    I use one of these, given to me by my municipality:
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    I just flip the top back, put my skis on it, and go to town. When the skis are upside down with the bindings inside the bin they don't slide around too much. The height is perfect for working while standing. When I finish my beer I just drop it between my skis. I don't know if ski wax is recyclable though...
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    Heres the dumbest person on tgr
    "What are you trying to say? I'm crazy? When I went to your ski schools, I went on your church trips, I went to your alpine race-training facilities? So how can you say I'm crazy?!"

  24. #124
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    Sun's out, guns out; ptex and hot air, in this case.

    With abnormally warm outdoor temps and a general lack of bugs to offer a swat free outdoor Ghettowerxing session, I moved the whole basement shit show to the great out doors of the back yard.

    Ski bench = Built on a foundation of an almost not rotting old pallet; a hack job fish cutting table constructed with random pieces of junk materials from ours and neighbors back yard. A section of superfluous shelving married my ski vice and become the portable ski maintenance/waxing bench. C clamped to the fish cutting table, it worked pretty good.

    Put in a solid 7 hour shift flattening some railed bases, waxed a bunch of skis, did some minor and major boot surgery and modification, remolded some intuition liners, repaired cracked o.g. and 2.0 Dairylandr milk crate ascension plates using a soldering iron and ptex as a means to plastic weld. Also, tested out using junk ABS drainage pipe as a custom moldable boot fitting mod material -- 12 minutes in the convection oven at 120 degrees got it nice and soft and it worked awesome for the intended use.

    The only real fail of the day was when a housefly looking thing landed in some freshly melted ptex...ended his life and caused a ripple in the space time continuum...had to carefully extricate the broiled parts and redo the welding bead.

    Frequent breaks lying in the warm grass, and little sips of Vitamin T (equila) did their part in producing a very auspicious outdoor ski tech experience.

    Very limited time window for this outdoor workin' option...once the squeeterz arrive, the game is over...prolly in a few weeks if this weather continues.

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    More pics of the homemade ascent plates, please

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