How to Build Skis

A general step by step guide to make your own pair of skis

How to Build Skis
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1
Choose a Graphic for the ski

Choose a Graphic for the ski

2
Choose the shape and dimensions you want to make the skis

Choose the shape and dimensions you want to make the skis

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3
Cut out a template for the the ski using a saw

Cut out a template for the the ski using a saw

4
Use the template to cut out the base material

Use the template to cut out the base material

5
Bend the edges and line it up with the cut out base material

Bend the edges and line it up with the cut out base material

6
Choose the wood you would like to use for the core

Choose the wood you would like to use for the core

7
Laminate the wood by gluing the strips of wood together

Laminate the wood by gluing the strips of wood together

8
Glue the sidewall material to the laminated wood and clamp it tight

Glue the sidewall material to the laminated wood and clamp it tight

9
Use the planer to cut the profile of the ski to a desired shape

Use the planer to cut the profile of the ski to a desired shape

10
Cut the outline of the skis to create tip spacers

Cut the outline of the skis to create tip spacers

11
Cut the strips of fiberglass for added strength, commonly called composites

Cut the strips of fiberglass for added strength, commonly called composites

12
Choose a top sheet to use with graphics of your choice

Choose a top sheet to use with graphics of your choice

13
Clean the mold and get all materials ready for the final layup of the ski

Clean the mold and get all materials ready for the final layup of the ski

14
Create a plastic bag cover to place over the mold to catch excess epoxy that may come up when pressing

Create a plastic bag cover to place over the mold to catch excess epoxy that may come up when pressing

15
Apply a good layer of epoxy over the base material

Apply a good layer of epoxy over the base material

16
Place the rubber dampening strips over the base with epoxy on it

Place the rubber dampening strips over the base with epoxy on it

17
Lay the fiberglass over the rubber dampening strips and coat with epoxy

Lay the fiberglass over the rubber dampening strips and coat with epoxy

18
Spread epoxy on the core and put it on top of the composite material

Spread epoxy on the core and put it on top of the composite material

19
On top of the core, add the second layer of composite material along with a coat of epoxy

On top of the core, add the second layer of composite material along with a coat of epoxy

20
Place the top sheet layer with graphics to the top

Place the top sheet layer with graphics to the top

21
Seal the plastic sheet on the mold so that it is air tight around the ski

Seal the plastic sheet on the mold so that it is air tight around the ski

22
Place the bladder on top of the ski and then place the top of the mold on the bladder

Place the bladder on top of the ski and then place the top of the mold on the bladder

23
Place the mold into the press and connect the bladder to an air compressor, let sit for 10-12 hours

Place the mold into the press and connect the bladder to an air compressor, let sit for 10-12 hours

24
Once out of the press, trim all the excess material off using a saw

Once out of the press, trim all the excess material off using a saw

25
Using a router, go around the whole ski to shape the sidewalls to a preferred angle

Using a router, go around the whole ski to shape the sidewalls to a preferred angle

26
You now have completed your skis

You now have completed your skis

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