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by Dr. Delam
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Journals: Log Your Ski Building Progress
Topic: Soul Skis
Replies: 117
Views: 69251

Here's a pair I made as a birthday present for my sister. I based them off the Salomons QST 92 that she skied and liked. Length 161 cm, 120-92-110, 15 m turn radius. All bamboo core and sidewalls with a separate section of bamboo as tail filler and regular UHMW tip fill. I used bamboo as the tail fi...
by Dr. Delam
Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Journals: Log Your Ski Building Progress
Topic: HB (Hansen Boards) 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 2424

Simply gorgeous. I know what you mean about getting topsheets absolutely perfectly centered. I've got it down pretty good now but I still design my graphics so if they are a couple mm off it is unnoticeable. Even if they are laid perfectly sometimes they move a little when pressing, just like my VDS...
by Dr. Delam
Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Ski/Snowboard Design and Layup
Topic: Spoon bases?
Replies: 9
Views: 2954

I just checked out the Bataleon website and that base technology looks sweet. I also learned that the Wintersteiger machines can adapt to 3D base designs so I stand corrected about machine tuning convex boards. Wish I had one of those in my garage.
by Dr. Delam
Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Ski/Snowboard Design and Layup
Topic: Spoon bases?
Replies: 9
Views: 2954

I have experimented a bit with convex bases. I shimmed my mold to achieve the desired effect. The skis were designed for powder mainly but they skied well in all conditions and they performed better than anticipated carving on hard snow. The only drawback I found was they were very difficult to get ...
by Dr. Delam
Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:39 am
Forum: Journals: Log Your Ski Building Progress
Topic: Soul Skis
Replies: 117
Views: 69251

I decided to sell the last pair of Alpine Meadows Graphic skis so I came up with a new more traditional shape. I needed a pair of narrower carving skis for the hard snow that we have been experiencing thus far in Tahoe. Specs are 185 cm, 136-106-126, 17 m turning radius. Tip length 29.5 cm, tail len...
by Dr. Delam
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Ski/Snowboard Design and Layup
Topic: Laying Graphics
Replies: 2
Views: 1684

Laying Graphics

I sometimes struggled to get the graphics laid down perfectly centered during layup. Once they even touch down a bit, it's a big sticky mess and tough to reposition. I remembered putting veneers on doors once and I used dowels to get the veneer positioned before dropping it down on the door. The sam...
by Dr. Delam
Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Materials and Supplies
Topic: Bamboo in New England?
Replies: 5
Views: 1879

Your best bet is to see if there are any local builders that do a decent production and go in on an order with them. I'd love to trade you for some New England hardwoods if I weren't in Cali. I got a couple sheets last year and other than the fact that it makes cores super easy I'm not too stoked on...
by Dr. Delam
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:10 pm
Forum: Equipment and Tools (e.g., ski press, core profiler, etc)
Topic: Hertel Hot Waxer Replacement Roller
Replies: 0
Views: 1533

Hertel Hot Waxer Replacement Roller

I've got an old school Hertel Waxer and the silicone roller sleeve was needing replacement. They haven't made these in years so I thought I was out of luck. I found a silicone rolling pin at WalMart for $5 that just happened to have the right diameter. I swapped it out and it fit perfectly. If your ...
by Dr. Delam
Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Materials and Supplies
Topic: Topsheet printing - who is doing that
Replies: 3
Views: 1798

I second Chad at Coda. He does ship FedEx Worldwide. FedEx is expensive but he is prompt and offers great service and a great product.
by Dr. Delam
Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Equipment and Tools (e.g., ski press, core profiler, etc)
Topic: Base grinder finish Issues
Replies: 5
Views: 2135

I busted out a new belt today and this one was much better. I also hit the seam a bit more on the other ones and it helped but still noticeable. My other issue with the machine is that with the hard contact wheel the edges don't get hit if there is a base edge bevel. It's almost like running a stone...
by Dr. Delam
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:22 am
Forum: Equipment and Tools (e.g., ski press, core profiler, etc)
Topic: Base grinder finish Issues
Replies: 5
Views: 2135

I've got the same machine and I think I am getting the same problem. My guess is what you are seeing is from the seam. I've only run two belts so far and both produce a mark from the seam, even after doing some dulling with a stone. One belt was a 3m and the other was from Econaway. Another thing I ...
by Dr. Delam
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Ski/Snowboard Design and Layup
Topic: Bending the rocker/camber profile
Replies: 11
Views: 5837

I'm thinking they did more of this back in the earlier days before they really jumped on the reverse camber train. I don't think they were very accurate at getting consistent camber profiles. I remember checking the camber profiles of the second generation Katana skis and I found different cambers w...
by Dr. Delam
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: Equipment and Tools (e.g., ski press, core profiler, etc)
Topic: Base Grinder User Manuals
Replies: 7
Views: 5777

My cord is just long enough for where I set it up to tune in my garage. Luckily I had an outlet already and only had to add a new plug for the cord. I also put some swivel casters on the front so I can move the beast relatively easily. I found some filters on ebay to set up a double stage filter, 20...
by Dr. Delam
Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Journals: Log Your Ski Building Progress
Topic: Soul Skis
Replies: 117
Views: 69251

Towards the end of last season I felt like making something completely experimental. I based my design on the Praxis Concept ski which has three main points of snow contact in the sidecut and camber profile. Reverse sidecut and reverse camber right underfoot. The idea is that the ski slides and carv...
by Dr. Delam
Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:57 am
Forum: Journals: Log Your Ski Building Progress
Topic: Soul Skis
Replies: 117
Views: 69251

So here is my take on how it functions although I have been only been working on it a few times. The roller over the platen is only utilized when using the feed wheel and it keeps the board off the platen. You don't need it at all as long as you angle your boards to keep it off the platen when using...