Tools4Boards is coming out with a modular/’All-In-One/Multi-tool Side Edge Guide, Base Beveler, Side Wall Trimmer & Wax Scraper Sharpener system, called the Switch. Depending on the combination, the tool names are variations of the base ‘Switch’ name. Ie, Switch Cut, … Read the rest
It’s good to quantify the edge geometry on your skis. The REAL ANSWER to ‘what’s the factory spec’ of my X, Y or Z skis question is, MEASURE THEM because variables exist. A case in point is a recent purchase … Read the rest
Tools4Boards has just put out their second generation of Hone Ski and Snowboard Diamond Files & Duo Hone Diamond files. With a choice of two diamond grits, one on each side, the Tools4Boards Hone Duos are a unique option for … Read the rest
From -Toko: Base Prep, Brushing and Edge Bevels Cheever and Willi Witz
Cheever on Base Prep and Brushing
Hello everyone, I wanted to do a myth busting eblast series. But I need to consult with the man before I attempt … Read the rest
For training USA mountain troops in 1941. In this segment, we learn how to choose the proper ski length, how to choose and take care … Read the rest
You just got some new skis or a snowboard. Now what?
Unwrap & drool, then inspect them to ‘get to know’ them
- Check bases for flatness with a true bar and backlighting
- Look for consistent base structure and for any
Side wall removal is necessary to allow the edge cutting tools to cut or polish the edges. If you are seeing plastic in your files or stones, it’s time for you to remove the side wall where the top of … Read the rest
After performing base grinds, machined edge sharpening or hand side edge sharpening with a file, a hanging burr can be formed which may feel like a razor sharp corner. This can create hooking of the edge and unexpected edge … Read the rest
The stone on the left is our green stone, it is the most aggressive of the three and is designed to cut very hard metal, including … Read the rest
Out of curiosity and a recent discussion with a customer prompted me to perform an unscientific experiment to provide a ‘meter’ for tweaking edge geometry. I think many are over thinking how much is really involved with removing 1° of … Read the rest
Sharp and smoothly polished edges, with correct edge geometry (aka properly ‘tuned’) are critical to maximize the carving capability and overall performance of your expensive board(s). What tools and techniques do you employ?
There are simply too many variables to … Read the rest
The direct ratio between typical bevel angles, is the metric height (mm) of the angle, … Read the rest
How flat (or not) are my bases? What are my base bevel angles? How straight are my scrapers, edge guides & tools?….are among the typical bits of information needed to perform and gauge quality of work and determine what work … Read the rest
A common question is ‘What are the side and base bevel angles I should tune my boards for proper edge geometry?’ Like many similar subjective questions, one way to find out is to experiment to find out what works best … Read the rest
While sharpening and polishing side edges and in order to cut the metal side edge only, the sidewall material needs to be planed or back-filed. Otherwise the cutting tool will get clogged with the sidewall material and reduce the … Read the rest
Accurately measuring and recording edge bevels is necessary to match or select proper dedicated edge guides or mult-angle guide tools & settings for efficient edge work. This will give you a point of reference in making adjustments relative to skiing … Read the rest
De-tuning is the dulling of the sharpened edge to reduce the bite of the edge and ease the transition of the edges at the tips and tails with a diamond, aluminum oxide, ceramic or natural stone.
Traditionally, this has … Read the rest