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by Wheatlpa
Tue Apr 14, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Equipment and Tools (e.g., ski press, core profiler, etc)
Topic: Silicone sheets in north america
Replies: 7
Views: 2018

Re: Silicone sheets in north america

I just wanted to update this post on what i went with. I contacted the people at SSCrubber and they were very helpful and answered quickly. I ended up getting their item ARP-T-50-062-36 which is a 50 durometer sheet .062" thick and 36" wide. A length of 3 yards cost me 98$ and 35$ shipping to Vermon...
by Wheatlpa
Mon Apr 13, 2020 5:54 am
Forum: Journals: Log Your Ski Building Progress
Topic: Round Top skis 19/20
Replies: 16
Views: 3064

Re: Round Top skis 19/20

So it has been a while since i have made much progress but this weekend the temps were warm enough for me to spend some quality time in the unheated shop. Over the past month i have cut out the tip and tail parts to create the molds. I then got a used router table and figured out how to attach my ol...
by Wheatlpa
Tue Feb 25, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Aprés Ski Building
Topic: Looking for information on Hokkaido
Replies: 5
Views: 1515

Re: Looking for information on Hokkaido

WOW! that is a lot of great information. I loved the video at the end and i did spot your tele turns, always love seeing other pin-heads in the wild, we have to stick together! We had thought about staying at the Hakuginso ryokan but thought that buying our own food might be a little too much. Of co...
by Wheatlpa
Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Journals: Log Your Ski Building Progress
Topic: Round Top skis 19/20
Replies: 16
Views: 3064

Re: Round Top skis 19/20

So, the skiing has been excellent and ski building has taken a break. It is going to pick up again soon as the SSR's, PIDs and thermocouple wire has arrived from Auber. Once i am back from my AIARE 1 course i will start the build for the two control boxes and then start testing out the heat blankets...
by Wheatlpa
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Aprés Ski Building
Topic: Looking for information on Hokkaido
Replies: 5
Views: 1515

Re: Looking for information on Hokkaido

I have found this great site hokkaidowilds.org that has a lot of great information on ski touring and places to go. I am looking for some insider knowledge on where we must ski and maybe what we should avoid or be aware of.
by Wheatlpa
Sun Jan 19, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Aprés Ski Building
Topic: Looking for information on Hokkaido
Replies: 5
Views: 1515

Looking for information on Hokkaido

Hi All, a couple of friends and I are in the early stages of planning a 2 week self guided trip to Hokkaido for 2021. It will all be backcountry days and our plan (for the moment) is to base our selves out of a town/village that is centrally located to several backcountry areas for a week and then m...
by Wheatlpa
Fri Jan 17, 2020 4:59 am
Forum: Journals: Log Your Ski Building Progress
Topic: Round Top skis 19/20
Replies: 16
Views: 3064

Re: Round Top skis 19/20

OAC: steel frame is the goal, for a first try wood was easier since i already have a pretty well stocked woodworking shop and this is only table mark one. The white top is masonite and which is coated MDF and should deal with the heat with no problems...i hope. My plan is to press at 65c so not an o...
by Wheatlpa
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Journals: Log Your Ski Building Progress
Topic: Round Top skis 19/20
Replies: 16
Views: 3064

Re: Round Top skis 19/20

Interesting. I guess there is a solution to almost every problem out there. Now, i have to do some research and figure out which connector is the one i need. Although the list on the Pave Technology site seems pretty comprehensive there is almost too much choice. Now i just have to figure out how to...
by Wheatlpa
Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: Journals: Log Your Ski Building Progress
Topic: Round Top skis 19/20
Replies: 16
Views: 3064

Re: Round Top skis 19/20

slow progress on the table. It is now as flat as i can get it (on both sides...important!) so i have moved onto the frame to hold the silicone sheet and the templates for the mould. I have also got two designs done for a spring/resort ski and a fatter powder ski. Ben has been kind enough to offer to...
by Wheatlpa
Mon Jan 06, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Journals: Log Your Ski Building Progress
Topic: Round Top skis 19/20
Replies: 16
Views: 3064

Re: Round Top skis 19/20

It is proving hard to get my MDF table flat, so i have some aluminium angle struts that are dead flat which should hold the MDF flat and support the top at the same time. Too bad it is started snowing and the backcountry is starting to open up (this is a good thing) but it is making work on the pres...
by Wheatlpa
Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Equipment and Tools (e.g., ski press, core profiler, etc)
Topic: heating a vacuum press
Replies: 13
Views: 2268

Re: heating a vacuum press

Well the two heat blankets have arrived from China, in the end maybe not as cheap as i had hoped but not much i can do about that now. Along with the power wiring i also seem to have another two leads that i think are the temperature sensors for the mats. Anyone have any tips on connecting them to m...
by Wheatlpa
Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Journals: Log Your Ski Building Progress
Topic: Round Top skis 19/20
Replies: 16
Views: 3064

Re: Round Top skis 19/20

Hi Ben, Thanks for the offer on Epoxy, at the moment i still have a bunch left, although once i get the press operational i might go through it quickly as i experiment with the process. If you have a source for fiber glass locally let me know, ordering from the states and dealing with the border is ...
by Wheatlpa
Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:31 am
Forum: Journals: Log Your Ski Building Progress
Topic: Round Top skis 19/20
Replies: 16
Views: 3064

Re: Round Top skis 19/20

I am curious as well. i have seen a couple of methods of attaching the sheet to the frame but both of them require drilling holes through the material and at that price i really don't want to screw it up! So, still thinking about how to do it (under the frame and wrap around on top or sandwiched bet...
by Wheatlpa
Mon Dec 23, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Journals: Log Your Ski Building Progress
Topic: Round Top skis 19/20
Replies: 16
Views: 3064

Re: Round Top skis 19/20

I picked up my pump and some cheap veneer (Cuban Mahogany) over the weekend and assembled and tested the pump. It seems to work well despite my rudimentary electrical skills, although my next step is to add in a switch to the wiring so i can turn it off and on with out unplugging it. I also bought t...
by Wheatlpa
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Equipment and Tools (e.g., ski press, core profiler, etc)
Topic: heating a vacuum press
Replies: 13
Views: 2268

Re: heating a vacuum press

last question from me on this topic...maybe. I am in the process of ordering 2 heating mats from Alibaba (thanks for the link Wvmtnbiker!) and I was wondering how I control the temperature of these mats. I am planning on building a controller with 2 PIDs (one for each mat) and 2 SSRs to control the ...