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Forum topic by beefstew posted 01-23-2011 09:54 PM 918 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-23-2011 09:54 PM

I’m planning to build a few laminated wood cross country skis later this winter. Oak or Hickory cap and shoe, pine/fir fill under the binding area to get the proper camber. The plan I’m following is from the Fine Woodworking “Bending Wood” book.

If anybody’s done this for real (there are not many hits on Flickr or Google), what kind of adhesive should be used for the lamination? When finished, the ski will probably have a 2-3” camber (bow) under the bindings (tip and tail touching the ground, binding area will be this far off the ground. When used for skiing, the ski will be flattened out thousands of times per outing, at temperatures below freezing.

Normally, I use Titebond 3 for everything. Would this work? Would appreciate your thoughts.

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 10:50 PM

Beef, I’d like to know what glue is recommended too. I hope someone with more knowledge chimes in. -Jack

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#2 posted 01-26-2011 10:59 PM

You are asking the wrong people here.
I think waterproof epoxy, but I could be wrong.

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#3 posted 01-27-2011 02:43 AM

Cool idea. I’d think the binding screws would strip out of pine rather easily. Epoxy is waterproof and rated for continuos submersion. Think spring conditions-lots of slushy snow. But it sounds like you want the glue alone to recover the camber with not much help from than wood species. Oak and hickory are known for strength. Something like ash is ‘springy’.

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#4 posted 01-27-2011 04:15 AM

Contact someone at West Systems or System 3. They both manufacture a HUGE variety of epoxy and would very likely have one to suit your project.


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