Question about inconsistencies in bottom mold

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LumberJacked
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Question about inconsistencies in bottom mold

Post by LumberJacked » Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:02 pm

Hello all! I have yet to press a pair of skis, but I am getting there. I didn't follow anyone's idea for adjustable molds and the result might be disastrous!

I never know the right wording to search the forums but I didn't find anything that explicitly answered this question:

If on top of this bottom mold I stack Masonite or hardboard, aluminum sheet, heat blanket, another aluminum sheet and then layup cassette, is there any chance
that the ugliness of my bottom mold won't transfer to my ski?

Pictures to come since I am an illegitimate member haha

They will be clamped together with pipe clamps during layup so the actual gap might be smaller.

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Post by LumberJacked » Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:02 pm

This is a second post! Howdy!

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Post by LumberJacked » Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:08 pm

I will learn to actually post photos in the body soon! Sorry for the url

https://photos.app.goo.gl/9M4fB7gnk15eDSfb9

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Post by Dr. Delam » Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:01 pm

Are you talking about the gap between the tip sections and main body of ski or flatness across the mold?

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Post by chrismp » Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:43 pm

I don't see any real issues. Your mold looks even enough. Btw, you don't really need an aluminum sheet under the heat blanket. Just put the heat blanket directly on top of the hardboard/masonite and maybe just add a second layer of that if you're worried about uneveness.

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Post by LumberJacked » Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:45 am

Delam: Both! I have seen the myriad of "wavey" bases people pull out of the press their first few times and am trying to avoid that on either axis.

Chrismp: Thanks! I like to save a little $ anywhere I can haha

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Post by Dtrain » Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:58 am

Your good bro! I’ve pieces together tons of 3 piece moulds. “ It’ll grind out is the attitude� to have here . That looks fine in the pic

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Post by LumberJacked » Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:05 pm

Right on! I'm glad to hear! Once I figure out a way to get this 2000lb press out of my yard and into my shop, it shouldn't be long before I am pressing! Thanks guys!

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