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Better Winding Sticks Albert Lea MN

Winding sticks are very useful for gauging twist in a board, but they’re difficult to read. My improved version of these time-tested helpers makes the twist stand out. I start with a pair of straight, flat 2-in.-wide sticks made from 3/4-in.-thick light-colored wood.

The Home Depot
(507)377-9891
2400 Consul Street
Albert Lea, MN
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Albert Lea - Auth Hometown
(507) 377-2500
2722 Bridge Ave
Albert Lea, MN
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Hometown Dealers
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Mon:9-19
Tue:9-19
Wed:9-19
Thu:9-19
Fri:9-19
Sat:9-18
Sun:12-17
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Mon:9-19
Tue:9-19
Wed:9-19
Thu:9-19
Fri:9-19
Sat:9-18
Sun:12-17

Freeborn Lumber Co.
(507) 377-4284
971 Plaza Street W
Albert Lea, MN
 
Northwood True Value
(641) 324-1763
96 Tenth St N
Northwood, IA
 
Singelstad Do it Best Hardware
(641) 592-2800
202 N Washington
Lake Mills, IA
 
Raleigh's Ace Hardware
(507) 377-8636
2525 Bridge Ave, ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE NORTHBRIDGE MALL
Albert Lea, MN
 
Fastenal- Albert Lea
507-377-7026
1103 Sykes Street Albert Lea, MN, 56007
Albert Lea, MN
 
TRADING POST INC
(507) 448-3302
80860-110th STREET GLENVILLE, MN, 56036
Glenville, MN
 
Gambles Our Own
(507) 465-3710
108 S Broadway
New Richland, MN
 
Fastenal- Austin
507-433-2849
702 17th Ave NW Austin, MN, 55912
Austin, MN
 

Better Winding Sticks

Better Winding Sticks

Winding sticks are very useful for gauging twist in a board, but they’re difficult to read. My improved version of these time-tested helpers makes the twist stand out. I start with a pair of straight, flat 2-in.-wide sticks made from 3/4-in.-thick light-colored wood. Then I stain both of them dark—the darker, the better.When the stain is dry, I cut shallow rabbets in both faces at the top of both sticks. This exposes a ribbon of light-colored wood above the stained surface on each face.

To cut the rabbets, set the blade’s height to 1/2 in. and the rip fence 1/32 in. narrower than the stick. Rip all four rabbets from this setting.  Joint the top edge of one board to remove the stain. Then rip this board narrower by the width of the rabbet on the other board. That’s all there is to it. During use, the narrow stick goes in front. Any twist in the board shows as a dark-colored wedge between the top of the rabbet on the near stick and the bottom of the rabbet on the far stick. 

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