update number 2. Most of what we have been working on is the dust
collection system and finishing all the details of the shop so that
everything will flow nicely once we start production. We just need to
finish our new 16+ pair hotbox and a storage unit for all the finished
skis and then we will start processing cores.
Photos are always better, so this is what the shop currently looks like…
Sidewall and Prepped Core Storage
Composite and Edge Storage
Layup, and Cleaning Stations - We topped everything here with a
non-bonding plastic so that we don't have to worry about epoxy sticking
to anything and so that it is very easy to clean.
Composite Station - Still need to add fabric rack behind it
From the office above...
Planer and 8" Floor Drop
Saw and 6" Drop for Core Sanding Station - To ensure proper bonding,
each core is hand-sanded with a low-grit sand paper. This creates a
good bit of dust, so to help make clean up a bit easier, we added a 6"
dust collection drop. We also have a 6" drop into the miter saw, which
helps supplement the minimal dust collection provided by the shop vac.
Miter Saw Fence
Complete Miter Saw Station
Saw - When I have time, I will modify the dust port in the base so that
we can run a 6" line the whole way, but in the meantime this will work
fine for us.
- We still need to add the safety/dust hood to the shaper, which is
going to make shaping cores and finishing sidewalls very easy.
Dust collection to the band saw is a little bit busy...
Ducting on the Band Saw - Having a 6" duct running right to the blade
will be very nice, especially when cutting out skis (fiberglass dust is
Tool Storage and Core Shaping Station
Getting close to completion
We still need to complete the hotbox and
ski storage, and receive our sidewall sander, ski press, and belt/stone
grinder. At that point, the shop will be pretty full. Once we get
cores running through the production line, I will post another update.