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First Pair of Skis

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 4:46 pm
by uni412
My brother and I finished our first pair about a month ago and I finally got around to putting up this post.

-115-80-105 (without edge width included)
-maple/poplar core with maple sidewalls (13mm thick in middle and 3+mm at tip and tail)
-20oz triaxial fiberglass above and below core
-fiberglass top sheet covered in spar varnish

We have put about a combined six days on them and they are holding up great (even with use on rails). The fiberglass top sheet and maple sidewalls are very durable and only have suffered some cosmetic dings. The ski very stiff and hard to ski (even compared to race skis). We think we made the core too thick at the tips and tails because when we planed it, we made the end of our core blanks 3mm thick but forgot to account for the fact that about 6 inches of wood would be cut off of each end of the blank.

Here are some pictures:


A view of the maple sidewalls coated in spar varnish:

Our venturi vacuum generator, built off plans at

Coming out of the press:

Our shed where we did all the building:

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:40 pm
by littleKam
nice! how did you do the graphics?

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 2:21 am
by plywood
second that! looks very clean and professional

the skis look like next years volkl because of the japanese-style grafic ;)

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2008 7:37 pm
by mark
Ooooo! Pretty. :D

That's quite a "shed" you've got there.

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 4:02 pm
by uni412
Thanks for the responses. The graphics were just a piece of fabric we thought was cool and on top of the fabric we used 3.25 oz glass as a top sheet.

mark, I guess its not really a shed. We just call it that since it was one of those pre-assembled buildings meant to be used as a storage shed. We ran electricity to it, put in insolation, redid the floors, and covered the walls in pegboard so now its a pretty nice workshop.