|Nordic ski waxing bench|
|Quick link after modification|
The project wasn't without a few minor challenges. One of my first discoveries was that the quick link, pictured left, had too large a circumference to fit into the ski binding (where the boot secures on to the ski). I used a grinding wheel to narrow the quick link. I have since discovered that a 1/8" quick link works without any additional modification needed.
|Old bike inner tubes covering 2X6|
Then, the old bike inner tubes that I was hoping to use to cover the 2X6 were too narrow. The inner tubes make the bench more adherent for the ski being waxed. A trip to the bike shop solved this problem.
Like so many projects, things look like they should go smoothly and quickly, and then reality hits. I'm pleased my persistence was equal to the many little hiccups realized with this project. Now I'm ready to wax my skis ... and go into business making waxing benches! Interested in a bench, please let me know.
If you get the right sized turnbuckle, the added block of wood isn't necessary to tighten the ski to your bench.
|Bench on platform of 1/2" plywood (16" width x 8' length)|
Since the wax is scraped from tips to tail, it is best to have a longer overhang on the backend of the platform.
|Tail end of platform|
|Underside of platform|