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Better Winding Sticks Brattleboro VT

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
(413)773-9150
264 Mohawk Trail - Rt 2
Greenfield, MA
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-7:00pm

Leader Home Centers
(802) 257-7373
225 Marlboro Road
Brattleboro, VT
 
W W Building Supply
(802) 365-4333
7 Loop Rd
Newfane, VT
 
Deerfield Valley Supply
(802) 464-3364
211 Route 9 W
Wilmington, VT
 
Keene - B
(603) 338-5000
480 West St
Keene, NH
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Sears Stores
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Mon:9.5-21
Tue:9.5-21
Wed:9.5-21
Thu:9.5-21
Fri:9.5-21
Sat:9-21
Sun:10-19
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Mon:9.5-21
Tue:9.5-21
Wed:9.5-21
Thu:9.5-21
Fri:9.5-21
Sat:9-21
Sun:10-19

Leon M Fiske Company, Inc. dba Forest Products Associates
(413) 772-6833
75 Oak Hill Rd.
Greenfield, MA

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Fireside True Value
(802) 254-4927
895 Putney Rd
Brattleboro, VT
 
W W Building Supply
(802) 464-3022
Route 100
Wilmington, VT
 
Jacks True Value Hardware
(603) 352-1517
37 Park Ave.
Keene, NH
 
Leader Home Centers
(413) 774-6311
1123 Bernardston Rd
Greenfield, MA
 
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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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