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Has anyone used or tried to use a keyboard stand as a base to support skis whilst waxing them? I'm going up to MikeM on the Wirral at the weekend for him to show me how to wax my skis, and I was thinking about what to support them on when I do them myself at home. I've read on here of people using a table, between chairs, between two wooden saw horses, special clamps etc. Then I thought about a keyboard stand. Adjustable height, adjustable gap between the cross members. Add a little pipe lagging to stop the skis slipping and bingo. I know it won't be suitable to tune the edges, but for straight forward waxing, I reckon one would be ideal and they are cheap enough to buy. Here's one for £18. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neewer%C2%AE-Double-Braced-Keyboard-5-Position-Adjustment/dp/B01C8DHXYC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1509387810&sr=8-3&keywords=keyboard+stand&tag=amz07b-21

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I used to was mine on the backs of two dining chairs.
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I just put a newspaper down on the floor.
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@under a new name, If I tried to do mine in the house in between two dining room chairs or on the dining room table, I'd be sleeping in the garage for six months. Sad
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Whilst actually applying wax it might be ok but when it comes to scraping you need firm support. I'm pretty sure a keyboard stand wouldn't be up to the job.
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I scrape using the log I chop kindling on and a workmate, stable enough to get the pressure down.
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You need something sturdy. I use a workmate and a spare floorboard clamped to the top, but even that has a tendency to overbalance when getting to the ends. A wider workmate type thing would work better, otherwise I have to get someone to stand on the brace Confused
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@Awdbugga, That's not a bad shout in fairness. Looks a solid enough stand as the locking is a pin and not screw tightening.

You trouble will be stopping your skis from sliding when you scrape and you need it to support within say 12inches of the end of the skis when scrapping or itll tip over.

If you can overcome this I rekon you are onto something fab!

Im surprised the racer kids haven't thought about something like this before.
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Before I got clamps I used a workmate with an old dining chair and a suitcase at either end to keep the tips supported. Worked well enough, just decided to get clamps as I seem to be collecting skis.
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@Tubaski, you may be right, but there are other sorts, such as this one. http://www.djmmusic.com/p-3568-tiger-deluxe-z-frame-height-adjusting-keyboard-stand.aspx

As I said to @under a new name, there's no way on god's earth am I going to be able to wax them in the house and there's not a lot of space in my garage, with all my fishing gear and kayak. My workbench is not long enough, so something like this (assuming it's sturdy enough) would be ideal.

Just a thought


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@Awdbugga, but you can make it longer with a solid plank of wood. I’ve always thought something like a sandbag over the bench at the bottom might stop it tipping.
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Have applied wax on floor with newspaper below when away. Scraped wedged on balcony handrail but be quick as when it gets too cold it's impossible. I know have a long plank rested on two saw horses with a Jaws of Beast vice set on the plank. Perfect. Use the kitchen as my workspace as garage is too cold, but make sure I clean up or I won't be doing it again! Am about to experiment with posh paper towels under the iron to minimise scraping when away.
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@Awdbugga, result, surely? At least peace and quiet Twisted Evil
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@Awdbugga, result, surely? At least peace and quiet Twisted Evil


I couldn't possibly comment. wink
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@Awdbugga, oh yeah, don’t forget to cover the floor with a dust sheet or something, otherwise you’ll give that a nice coat of wax too, and it will become an ice rink Cool
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@endoman, Wax skis in the kitchen!!! Shocked Hell hath no fury like a house proud woman scorned. Not a cat in hells chance. Having said that, I did used to put maggots in the fridge when we first got married, Twisted Evil but that didn't last long.
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@PaulC1984, The pipe lagging foam over the frame should prevent the skis sliding. I use it on the cross bars on my roof rack when carrying my kayak. Without the foam the yak slides all over the place. Tie wrap pipe foam to the cross bars and the yak doesn't slide at all. Worth a go I reckon.
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Check out this thread from last year http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=2944303&highlight=bench#2944303 for a cheap and effective solution...
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@geoffers, I missed that thread. Looks like RichClark had the same idea. He doesn't say whether he ever got around to trying it.
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@endoman, Wax skis in the kitchen!!! Shocked Hell hath no fury like a house proud woman scorned. Not a cat in hells chance. Having said that, I did used to put maggots in the fridge when we first got married, Twisted Evil but that didn't last long.


I'm lucky, we have a big kitchen, can still cook and 6 of us can eat while the ski stuff is all out in place. I must get round to turning the garage into a workshop with some heating. Would be awesome.
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Always an interesting subject, I use an old workmate which does the job, but you could buy one of these for £54 https://www.glisshop.co.uk/waxing_bench/vola/table_de_fartage-8025.html or buy a pair of these for £25.40 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silverline-783160-Metal-Horse-Twin/dp/B000T9XTDC/ref=sr_1_2?s=diy&ie=UTF8&qid=1509402821&sr=1-2&keywords=silverline+saw+horse&tag=amz07b-21 .
Glisshop is not the most expensive I have seen but just happened to be the easiest to find quickly
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In Jan we had tuning wars in val D'Isere. I thought I was well equipped with iron, wax, files, guides, stones etc, but man opposite upped it another level with portable bench. My efforts on two chairs and the balcony were pathetic, although I did make a point of going out with a beer whenever I saw him waxing and pretended to do something.
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@Timc, the Amazon saw horses look a bargain. They already have non slip rubber mats fitted and have an impressive maximum load. Hmm, maybe a re-think.
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@endoman, you could up it still further next time and get your butler to tune and wax them for you. wink
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@endoman, you could up it still further next time and get your butler to tune and wax them for you. wink


Maybe, but I actually find it quite therapeutic, and Jeeves is busy elsewhere.
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@endoman, I'm sure I will find it therapeutic when I get to do it because sad is it may seem, I actually enjoy doing the ironing at home. Weird I know. Mind in neutral, music on, chill.
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Just as a message to anyone who's interested... as a distributor I can obtain 2x0.5m staging decks (used for concert / event stages) for £120+P&P which make super sturdy work benches for things including waxing. Basically an aluminium frame with a plywood top (of the above dimensions) and you just slot 4 equal length scaffold poles into the 4 corners to make legs. The frame is literally about 3" deep and the wood only takes up an inch of that - so the legs can fit inside the underside of the deck and you can store the whole thing in next to no space. Suitably big and heavy that you can give your skis the most rigorous of waxes and it will not move.

That price doesn't really make me any money on it but happy to do it for snowHeads if it helps somebody out. I used one of our rental ones last season to do my skis and it was rock solid.
I hope this doesn't circumvent snowheads trading rules etc.. I'm not really listing them 'for sale' as such just offering to help out


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@dp, Out of interest do you have a photo??
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Basically that but on whatever height legs you like

So obviously for you - these legs would do fine.

And yes before you say it - I use telegraph poles
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I eventually bought a keyboard stand, but an even more solid design.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Keyboard-23-2-35-4-Adjustable-24-6-40-9-62-6-104cm/dp/B01IR0P5IQ/ref=pd_cp_267_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=1NHER23RQA7F42G8SNS7&tag=amz07b-21


I put the stand together today and tried it out by placing skis on it. The thing is “rock” solid. It can be adjusted to the perfect height. Also being adjustable width wise, it provides more support towards the tip and tail of the skis, than a workmate and clamps. The arms the skis rest upon have got neoprene rubber on top so the skis don’t slip when you apply pressure. The other plus is that, as there is only one lower cross member, you can get closer to the skis to tune the edges. I placed a ski so it overlapped the arms slightly and could then step in close to it to use my right arm and it would allow me to tune the edges easily.

The only thing I need to do at some point is construct a simple wooden contraption to drop over it, that will take the skis mounted vertically into slots. A lot cheaper than a proper ski work bench or workmate or even ski clamps.


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@Awdbugga, I'm confused - you seem to be suggesting that you are tuning the side edges with the skis flat (i.e. bases facing up), and that you would tune the base edge with the ski on edge. Or have I misunderstood?
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@Awdbugga, I'm confused - you seem to be suggesting that you are tuning the side edges with the skis flat (i.e. bases facing up), and that you would tune the base edge with the ski on edge. Or have I misunderstood?


Just my misuse of the correct terminology. Suffice to say the stand is solid.
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Out of interest how are you supporting the middle of the ski when scraping? Unless you were on rock hard GS race skis (which I know you're not!) the ski must flap around like mad being unsupported in the middle?
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I’ve used a 4 section folding ladder in the past, folding the two end sections over to form a bench, then laying the ski on top with protection underneath for the top sheet and bindings
http://www.bigdug.co.uk/workplace-products-equipment-c553/steps-ladders-c3067/ladders-c2913/multi-purpose-ladders-p14957/s22880?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=multi-purpose-ladder-with-removable-platform-extended-length-3560mm-pl&utm_campaign=product%2Blisting%2Bads&k_clickid=m_3805a773-1069-47df-a822-67c836262646_770073299_46108602892_184446425975_pla-314602879107_Google&__ja=tsid:21891%7Ccid:770073299%7Cagid:46108602892%7Ctid:pla-314602879107%7Ccrid:184446425975%7Cnw:g%7Crnd:16852765533505472877%7Cdvc:m%7Cadp:1o1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkciNho7F1wIV1pEbCh2sdA8nEAQYASABEgILJ_D_BwE
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Out of interest how are you supporting the middle of the ski when scraping? Unless you were on rock hard GS race skis (which I know you're not!) the ski must flap around like mad being unsupported in the middle?


Because the width of the stand is adjustable, I've set it so it's at the optimum width for the middle not to flex much, and neither does the tip or tail. Is it perfect? No. But it does the job.
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Not cheap but this does an excellent job: http://www.skibartlett.com/ski-tuning-c5/ski-servicing-equipment-c125/ski-benches-vices-servicing-accessories-c74/portable-ski-servicing-wax-bench-p1604
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You can try setting up 2 A frame sawhorse stands with a big slad of wood on the top. That gives a pretty stable surface for waxing/scraping. Smile
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You can try setting up 2 A frame sawhorse stands with a big slad of wood on the top. That gives a pretty stable surface for waxing/scraping. Smile


exactly what I do with a proper ski vice on the wood. Very stable.
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@geoffers, I missed that thread. Looks like RichClark had the same idea. He doesn't say whether he ever got around to trying it.


In the end, i didn't. I bought a Metal Saw Horse and bolted an old shelf board to it.
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First go at waxing my skis myself today. Seemed to go OK. No smokey smokey. I'll know for sure next Wednesday at the CF. I have to admit the bench works a treat. Used the keyboard stand with the wooden structure I made. The rubber sheeting on top of the wood helps prevent the ski from sliding; added to which I have a couple of retaining straps that make sure it doesn't budge at all.

For those who are interested, here are the photos of the finished article. Photos aren't brilliant because they were taken with my new phone, (still trying to get the hang of it), but you'll get the idea. I'm crap at DIY, but this didn't turn out too bad for me. Main thing is, it does the job intended just fine and it didn't cost me much at all.

Adjustable height keyboard stand. adjustable keyboard stand<script></script>

Height adjusters - easy to adjust height<script></script>

Wooden platform on stand - wood mounted on stand<script></script>

Rubber to help prevent slipping - rubber prevents slipping<script></script>

Wooden structure designed so it doesn't move on the stand - wood does not slip on bench<script></script>

Positioned for waxing/scraping - Positioned for waxing<script></script>

Positioned for tuning - edge tuning<script></script>

Retaining straps prevent any movement - Retaining Straps<script></script>

Ready to rock and roll - Ready to Rock and Roll<script></script>


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