Saturday, February 23, 2013

Ski waxing stands

After Molly's last post this one is much more lighthearted.  Now that I have returned to Alaska I am back to nordic skiing.  I pulled out my skis that hadn't been used in five years and found them in good conditions but in need of waxing.  Unfortunately my waxing stand is down in Seattle.  Inspired by a design I spotted at REI, I decided to make a new one.  Fortunately my father has an amazing woodworking shop and an ample supply of material to work with.

The design came out really nice.  I tested them tonight and found the new stands easy to use and very sturdy.  The components are also small so they don't take up much storage space.  I'm pleased enough with the design and functionality that I might make a more elegant set and using nice hardwood.   Plus, making another set gives me reason to play in the wood shop.  In the future I may even use this same design to make a waxing stand that will fit a dynafit bindings for my backcountry skis.

The Swix design that inspired me costs $120!
The three components of my home made nordic ski waking stand.

Trying out the new waxing stand.

1 comment:

  1. My wax stands fits all my skiis - dynafit, tele, XC skate and fat nordic - I'll have to show it to you sometime. And I got the same iron! Beer is VERY important for waxing. Patrici