If you want to spend anytime doing your own ski maintenance, a solid ski waxing and tuning bench is important. Between keeping my skis ready to roll, setting up test gear and working on friends’ gear, my ski bench sees use multiple times per week. Ski widths exceeded the width of my traditional ski vices years ago, and I’ve tried a variety of ski tuning stands and racks for basic ski maintenance over the years. Here are a couple of universal and low cost ski waxing and tuning bench solutions for your home workshop.
Voile Ski and Board Tuning Tree
My favorite off-the-shelf ski tuning stand is the Voile Ski /Board Tuning Tree. I saw these at Voile’s booth during a tradeshow a few years ago. They were using them to display some splitboards. Turns out, they own the mold and sell them. They have become my go-to daily use ski waxing and tuning stand. The top platform is a full 12 inches across, so they feel rock solid and accommodate a full pair of skis or a snowboard with ease. They are easy to set up and take down – just clamp them to your workbench with a few turns and you’re in business. The top side has a grippy rubber pad to keep your skis from sliding around and they offer a solid platform for waxing and mounting without actually clamping to your skis. There’s even a center slot for putting your boards on edge for light tuning work. The stands are easily removed for storage between uses. You can get them directly from Voile for $60. They are hard to beat for all-around ski maintenance versatility and easy storage.
Do-It-Yourself Ski Tuning Bench
My favorite DIY ski tuning bench requires a couple pieces of 2×6 lumber and old bicycle inner tubes. I built my set up on a portable bench that rolls around the garage as needed, but it could easily be added to almost any work bench, too. It can be made to accommodate multiple pairs of skis or for single ski use. It’s a great set up for waxing and scraping skis as well as drilling and mounting. And it can be cobbled together for almost no cost if you have some spare 2x lumber taking up space in your garage.
Basically, I just mounted a couple of six foot 2×6’s on edge along either side of a work bench. (The bench pictured is mobile bench that rolls around the garage as needed). I found 2×6’s to work better than 2×4’s as they put the ski high enough above the bench top to allow clearance for a wide variety of bindings when the skis are lying base up. I braced the 2×6 pieces with 2×4’s to add stability to the system (see photo). Once cut to the correct length, I screwed the 2×6 and 2×4 pieces together before attaching to the bench top with additional screws. The top edge of the 2×6 is covered with an old mountain bike tire inner tube to protect the skis and offer grip when scraping or otherwise pushing on the skis.
The whole set-up is great for all general ski work, but it does impact the usability of the bench for non-ski related work. You could easily set up your 2×6’s to be removable for the off-season. To make a smaller, one ski version, just use shorter 2x’s that don’t run all the way across your bench.
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