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Better Winding Sticks Park Hills MO

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.

Holekamp Do it center
(573) 358-3371
317 N Division
Bonne Terre, MO
 
LOWE'S OF FARMINGTON, MO
573 701-8200
625 WEST KARSCH BOULEVARD FARMINGTON, MO, 63640
Farmington, MO
 
Fastenal- Farmington
573-756-0368
424 N. Washington St Farmington, MO, 63640
Farmington, MO
 
Maple Valley Ctr
(573) 760-1502
738 Market St
Farmington, MO
Store Hours
Hometown Dealers
Store Type
Hometown Dealers
Hours
Mon:9-18
Tue:9-18
Wed:9-18
Thu:9-18
Fri:9-18
Sat:9-18
Sun:11-16
Store Features
Mon:9-18
Tue:9-18
Wed:9-18
Thu:9-18
Fri:9-18
Sat:9-18
Sun:11-16

Boyer Do it Best Lumber
(573) 438-5461
208 West High Street
Potosi, MO
 
Lowe's
(573) 701-8200
625 West Karsch Boulevard
Farmington, MO
Hours
M-SA 7 am - 9 pm
SU 9 am - 7 pm

Farmington Building Supply Co.
(573) 756-5705
306 East Karsch Blvd.
Farmington, MO
 
Plummer's Hardware
(573) 756-6001
101 E Liberty
Farmington, MO
 
ABC Supply Co.,Inc/Farmington
573-431-7076
190 Busenbark Place Farmington, MO, 63640
Farmington, MO
 
Dickey Bub True Value
(573) 436-1177
708 High Street E
Potosi, MO
 

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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