How To Dry Ski Gloves

After a long day of having fun on the slopes, you're gloves are soaked, and you want to learn how to dry ski gloves correctly. You want to  hit the slopes again shortly, but you want nice dry gloves, instead of damp soggy ones. By building a simple wooden stand to hold your gloves, they will air dry naturally, and in no time, they'll be dry. Letting them air dry is the best method to dry ski gloves, since other methods may destroy them. As an added bonus, you can use this jig as a football goalpost when you and your buddies are playing paper football.

To build a jig to dry ski gloves, you'll need:

  • 2 by 6 pine stock, cut 18 inches long straight across
  • wooden dowel stock, 1/2 inch diameter
  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • carpenter's square
  • electric drill
  • half inch spade or paddle bit
  • hand saw or coping saw
  • coarse sandpaper
  • fine sandpaper
  • hammer
  • masking tape  
  1. Measure four inches in from each side of the 2 by 6 stock. It doesn't have to be precise, this is just a simple jig to dry ski gloves. However, you should try to get it as close as possible.
  2. Use your ruler or carpenter's square, and draw a line, straight across,  at each of 4 inch measure.  If you have done this correctly, you will have two parallel lines spaced ten inches apart.
  3. Find the middle of the 2 by 6. Since a 2 by 6 is usually about 5 and 1/2 inches wide, this will be about 3 and 3/4 inches in from the side.
  4. Use your ruler or carpenter's square, draw a line down the middle of the 2 by 6. Notice that this line crosses the two lines you drew in step two. Where the lines meet, you will drill your holes.
  5. Using your tape measure, pencil, and saw, mark then cut two dowels 16 inches long. Don't worry if its a little off, remember, this is just a jig to dry ski gloves.
  6.  Place a 1/2 inch paddle bit in the chuck of your drill motor. Tighten it down the bit with your chuck key.  
  7. Drill two holes, straight down, in the 2 by 6 where the lines cross. Try to get the holes as straight up and down as possible. But again, don't worry if they're a little off. You're building a stand to dry ski gloves, not the space shuttle.
  8. Hammer in the two dowels into the holes. These should have a nice snug fit. If they are loose, don't worry, just wrap masking tape around the ends of the dowels, then hammer them in. The tape will take up the slack.
  9. Sand all edges smooth. Use first your coarse, then fine sandpaper. Now you're all done. You now have a goalpost looking  stand to dry ski gloves. Slide your ski gloves over the goalposts, and let them  air dry overnight.

Never dry ski gloves in a clothes dryer. To do so is an invitation to ruin them. The extreme heat of the dryer will shrink the cloth, wad up the insulation, and possibly ruin them for good. Slow air drying is the best way to dry ski gloves.  

If you do not have the tools, time, or the knowledge base of woodworking to do this, take these instructions to a local carpenter or woodworking shop. For a small fee, they'll be able to whip this up in no time.  

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