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I've built my own. done three pairs of skis so far. From my experience, it's a lot more money and time then expected even if you expect to pay alot, expect to pay more. Also it completely takes over your life. I spend many nights just thinking of building skis and different ideas. Some tips that i wish I would have taked when I was building mine is to creat a mold that can be interchangable because you will want to test with rocker and camber and different tip shapes etc. I personally advise using an air bladder with compressed air, its just a better way but you can do vacuum press if you prefer that, both work. For the first few pair don't worry about anything fancy like graphics and full wrap edges just get the process down and make sure theyre functional before you start investing in the look of them. The last thing is i advise do dry layups to make sure everything is ready to go, I've almost forgottipspacers in a layup before. Skibuilders (dot) com is a great resource and the forum has every answer to every question in forum as well as endless ideas. Building your own skis is super time consuming, but sooo much fun and rewarding in the end.
^this for sure. i ended up backing out of building a press a year or two back, but that forum was super welcoming and the guys on there answered every question i could throw at them. it's a much more expensive hobby than you might expect, but it's something i'll definitely be getting into when i find myself with a little extra cash.
Well my school can supply me almost all the tools, cnc router, saw, air compresser, sanders, table saw, all I need is the materials and time, do I really need to have a air bladder in the press or could I use a high density foam possibly?
I recommend an air baller and cat track. It only cost me like 80 bucks to make. I did my cat track out of 3/4 inch mdf although most people use aluminium, my air bladder is just 3 pieces of 6 inch lay flat discharge hose i got at tac and then the hardware to attach it to the air compressor. It works like a dream for me, even pressure throughout and that's what I recommend. I can get pics of my set up if you want.