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Homemade Ski Vise

Updated March 28, 2017

A ski vice is designed to hold the skis onto the work bench, allowing you to work on bindings or to flip the ski over and apply wax and tune the ski edges. Ski equipment tends to be expensive, and the gear needed to work on it adds to the expense. If you wish to save money and still work on your own skis, considering using an improvised ski vice.

Cut out four pieces of scrap chamois cloth about 1 foot by 1 foot each. Place one piece on the work bench where the ski tip will be placed and one for the ski tail.

Place the ski onto the work bench, on top of the chamois pieces. Place one piece of cloth onto the tip of the ski and one on the tail.

Slide the C-clamps over the cloth and turn the handle clockwise to secure the ski to the work bench. The C-clamps act as the vice, and the cloth protects the ski surfaces. This method allows access to the ski's edge should you need to tune and sharpen them, as well as access to the bindings.

Remove the C-clamps and flip the skis upside down. Place the 8-inch wood blocks under the ski to keep the bindings off the bench and put the cloth over the ski tips and tails. Slide the C-clamps over the cloth and secure them to the bench. This allows access to the ski base, allowing for waxing and scraping.

Things You'll Need

  • Scrap chamois cloth
  • C-clamps
  • 2 8-inch-high wood blocks
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About the Author

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.