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by SHIF
Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Ski/Snowboard Design and Layup
Topic: Skis... with a TWIST!
Replies: 6
Views: 164

Re: Skis... with a TWIST!

My early builds had a little twist, maybe 5 mm or so. I just skied on them anyway and don't think it really mattered. I was more interested in learning the craft and empirically deriving my composite recipes and ski shapes. I traced the source of the twist to a wonky lower steel I-beam in my press f...
by SHIF
Fri May 15, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Materials and Supplies
Topic: Bamboo
Replies: 4
Views: 551

Re: Bamboo

I have used vertical laminated bamboo flooring as a ski core material for several years. I use 75 inch long x 3.75 inch wide planks (sometimes wider). I remove the tongue and groove features and glue on some poplar to make them wider as needed. Google "vertical bamboo flooring" and see lots of sourc...
by SHIF
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Ski/Snowboard Design and Layup
Topic: Routing sidewalls
Replies: 10
Views: 2831

Here is an old thread where I show my cantilevered router set-up for beveling sidewalls:

http://www.skibuilders.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=4952

-SHIF
by SHIF
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Journals: Log Your Ski Building Progress
Topic: From the steep slopes of Ohio....
Replies: 7
Views: 2797

Brilliant graphic concept!
Terrific job for your first pair.
Nice ski press and a sweet CNC router too, you're "all in" for this hobby.
Keep posting your future ski builds.

SHIF
by SHIF
Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Ski/Snowboard Design and Layup
Topic: Lay up sequence - carbon next to wood
Replies: 7
Views: 2164

My usual composite schedule places unidirectional carbon fiber right against the core top and bottom and I've never had an issue. Some of my skis have over a hundred days on them. But I'm using bamboo for core material and bamboo is not wood.

It's all voodoo anyway.
by SHIF
Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Ski/Snowboard Design and Layup
Topic: Cutting out flesh on tip/tail with no edge
Replies: 21
Views: 5449

I like to use this little hand held belt sander for any situation like sanding a little flash off. You can hold this sander on edge pretty easily in one hand. I use it quite a bit and it is more compact and cheaper than a larger tool on a floor stand. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Porter-Cable-371-Se...
by SHIF
Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Yard Sale (non commercial)
Topic: Anyone make cores for other people?
Replies: 1
Views: 1726

I think Todd will CNC some cores for you.

Check out his latest commercial posting:
http://www.skibuilders.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=5330

-SHIF
by SHIF
Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Journals: Log Your Ski Building Progress
Topic: Soul Skis
Replies: 121
Views: 75769

Love the graphics. Brilliant concept with the full moon reflection.
by SHIF
Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Materials and Supplies
Topic: Topsheet printing - who is doing that
Replies: 3
Views: 2739

I buy dyesub printed PBT top sheets from Chad at Coda Boards. They have proven to have excellent durability and color retention. http://codaboards.com/topsheets.php Be sure to allow for material shrinkage when designing your graphics. I order the 193 cm top sheets and typically get 189 cm usable gra...
by SHIF
Wed May 03, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: Ski/Snowboard Design and Layup
Topic: Wood for cores preference
Replies: 2
Views: 2645

I’ve been using vertically laminated bamboo flooring, 6 foot long planks, about 88mm wide after removing the tongue and groove features. Adding poplar to the sides to make it wide enough for powder skis. Then after cutting in the sidecut radius I attach Ipe (or other rainforest hardwood) for sidew...
by SHIF
Fri Dec 16, 2016 1:08 pm
Forum: Journals: Log Your Ski Building Progress
Topic: Pressing learning curve
Replies: 6
Views: 4441

First pair were way too soft, not worthy of mounting bindings. More of a process test run. They didn't have sidewalls, the core shifted a bit, the top sheet was mis-aligned. Second pair were way too stiff, not worthy of mounting bindings. Fixed the shifting and alignment issues. Started adding sidew...
by SHIF
Wed Nov 02, 2016 12:01 pm
Forum: Journals: Log Your Ski Building Progress
Topic: Checking in from the Whiteroom
Replies: 6
Views: 3844

Pure fine art. Love the inlays. Outstanding craftsmanship and attention to detail.

/Shif
by SHIF
Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:40 am
Forum: Journals: Log Your Ski Building Progress
Topic: SHIF ski werks
Replies: 6
Views: 9920

Two new pairs for the 2016-17 ski season Same ski shapes and camber/rocker profiles as the past couple seasons. Powder skis on the left and all mountain carvers on the right. Specs are listed in prior year's builds. Got some Look Pivot bindings this year, should work well on the powder skis. Mounte...
by SHIF
Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:54 am
Forum: Equipment and Tools (e.g., ski press, core profiler, etc)
Topic: Heat controller build help
Replies: 8
Views: 4877

I built one using a PID controller, SSR, and power entry module having a switch and fuses. All parts sourced on eBay. If you can't do this maybe you should consider commercial temperature process controllers such as those shown in this link: http://www.omega.com/subsection/benchtop-wallmount-control...
by SHIF
Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:04 am
Forum: Ski/Snowboard Design and Layup
Topic: wood vs ptex sidewalls. What's your preference?
Replies: 11
Views: 6776

I used UHMW-PE strips for sidewalls back in my early days of ski building. Maybe I didn’t prep it well enough but I always had some delams above the ski edges on the tails. After switching to Ipe hardwood for sidewalls I’ve not experienced delaminations of any kind. I’ve used other species of wood t...