tipspacer: white ABS plastic
inserts: stainless steel M6, 7mm for G3 Targa binding pattern
Kam S. Leang
The base graphics of the Whites were
created by laminating black flannel between the clear
base material and the fiberglass composite layer.
The white "K" letters were made cut from thick, white watercolor
paper. The K's were temporarily
attached to the black flannel with some superglue
prior to layup to keep them from shifting.
June 23, 2004
DRAWING FILE: download the *.dxf file for the Whites
The Whites turned out much better than I expected considering they were the first pair of skis I
ever built. I didn't bother putting on real ABS or P-TEX sidewalls.
Instead, I left the core exposed resulting in wood sidewalls. For added
protection, I did treat the wood with some sealant to prevent water damage, and I also put a few layers of
epoxy just to be sure.
Right out the press the Whites had some delamination
issues. Not surprising because when I attached the tipspacers to the
profiled core I accidentally used badly mised epoxy. The epoxy never reached its
full cure which affected the bond strength between other layers.
Particularly, the tips and tails suffered the most delamination. But I solved the problem with a few rivets, Seth Pistol
style. The rivets aren't pretty, but they worked.
10.28.04: Mt. High Resort, CA (written by Kam S. Leang) The first day
ever on a batch of homemade skis. My first few runs on the Whites sent me
facing planting, left and right - hard.
The extreme width
combined with the stiff tails made them feel awkward on the snow. But after a few runs I eventually got used to the White's ride and it felt surprisingly skiable. I was
surprised that such a fat ski could turn, but the tails are too stiff for my
liking. When I made the cores I had no idea how they should be profiled. I guessed wrong and it turned out that the 14cm long plateau behind chord
center (see the
core profile diagram above) was a bit thick. Because of this, the ski
lacked smooth flex and, like I said, the tails felt awkward and overly stiff. But for
being my first pair of
homemade skis ever I'm really happy they worked to some extent, even if they
resemble a pale Seth Pistol.
Below is a photo cousin Big Kam
took a few days later back at Mtn. High. I'm switching bindings as my
cousin Pat Leang (Big Kam's little brother) sits on the tailgate and displays