Over the Christmas break the wife and I went up to Mammoth Lakes Ski resort for some local skiing. For the last several years I have been, on and off, performing ski tune-ups, waxing and cleaning up the ski edges. I had purchased some basic equipment, files, wax, hone stones, wax scraper etc. But the ski vices are outrageously expensive, and I always attempted to perform the tune up without a vice.
This year one of the local ski shops put on a ski tune-up seminar and I attended. I learned so much about the proper technique that I got really jazzed about doing tune-ups again.
I just could not force my self to pay anywhere from $100.00 to $250.00 for a set of ski vises. I did some searching on the web and found some folks who made their own ski vises. Most of the DIY still required a lot of work or required the purchase of several adjustable wood working vices.
I wanted a somewhat quick solution that I did not have to do a lot of work on, or spend a lot of money. I have too many electronics projects that I would rather spend my time on. ;-)
So after looking at several designs I took a bit of everything I saw out on the web and decided to combine these techniques in a way that would be cheap and easy to complete.
I put together a set of ski vises for around $20.00 and assembled the vice in one evening.
Are you ready to create some saw dust?
Here we go.
Step 1: Pick Up Your Parts
I went to the local home improvement store and picked up the following items:
Head over to the location where the friendly employees cut wood for customers and look in the scrap bin. I was able to locate
a 4' length of 2" x 8" pine.
I had the nice man cut the 2 x 8 into 6" pieces. This way you will have some spares in case you split the wood when performing the cutting or drilling.
I picked up the following hardware items"
4 3" wood screws,
2 5/16 eye bolts with 4" shank
2 large 5/16" washers
2 1/4" spring links, looks like small carabiners
2 3" deep throat c clamps
Small section of gray carpet.
I have a hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
I had a pre-made bungie cord with two hooks.
Time to get to work.