Ski Bench, Tools, etc.

21 Oct 2011 7:33 PM | John Ellis (Administrator)

Ski Bench, Vise, and Basic Tool Kit

Since you may just be starting out, let me show you what you need in order to do an average tune.

Bench, with vises: This bench I made from a Home Depot Sawhorse Kit ($18), some 2x6 scrap wood, and 7 screws.  It took 15-20 minutes to make, and cost less than $20. It is pretty cost effective. The Vises I bought used for $15, although a similar new set would cost $115 or so.

Tool Kit: The box I bought at Home Depot for less than $10.

Here is what is in the kit:

Side edge guide (3 degree from Beast), bottom edge guide (Ski Man), Medium flat file (Swix), Coarse and Fine diamond stone (DMT), file/stone cleaning brush (racewax.com),  gummi stone (racewax.com), brake retainers (SKS), cutting solution (Artechski.com), plastic scraper (tognar.com), brass and nylon brushes (Tognar.com), Wax Iron, very warm wax (for cleaning) and low-fluro universal wax (training/racing- all from Swix), medium scotch brite and 100 grit sandpaper (home depot), shop rag and polishing cloth (Costco). Not pictured but also in kit: P-tex sticks, matches, a metal scraper,  and a true-bar. I also include Ski Straps here because it is such a shame to have a well-tuned ski, then destroy the ski by allowing them to rub on each other.

I can show you many other boxes and benches (I have 3 more of each), but this one does the basics, without frills, but very professionally. I made this one for my son.

Happy Tuning!

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