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Better Winding Sticks Palm Beach Gardens FL

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
(561)747-6561
1694 W Indiantown Rd
Jupiter, FL
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(561)683-7221
1550 Palm Bch Lakes Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(561)793-7048
220 S State Road 7
West Palm Beach, FL
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(561)964-2168
5750 Jog Rd
Lake Worth, FL
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Palm Beach Gardens Hardware
(561) 624-0377
9820 Highway A1a Alt
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
 
The Home Depot
(561)627-9555
3860 Northlake Blvd
Lake Park, FL
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(561)478-0783
6800 Okeechobee Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(561)642-2626
4241 Lake Worth Rd
Lake Worth, FL
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Gardens
(561) 775-8455
3101 Pga Blvd
Palm Bch Gdns, FL
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Mon:10-21
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Sun:12-18

Fastenal- Jupiter
561-575-2472
880 Jupiter Park Dr. Unit #18 Jupiter, FL, 33458
Jupiter, FL
 

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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