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Better Winding Sticks Prescott AZ

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
(928)771-8467
1941 E Highway 69
Prescott, AZ
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

Gateway Mall
(928) 777-7700
3400 Gateway Blvd
Prescott, AZ
Store Hours
Sears Stores
Store Type
Sears Stores
Hours
Mon:10-20
Tue:10-20
Wed:10-20
Thu:10-20
Fri:10-21
Sat:10-21
Sun:11-18
Store Features
Mon:10-20
Tue:10-20
Wed:10-20
Thu:10-20
Fri:10-21
Sat:10-21
Sun:11-18

Foxworth Galbraith- Prescott
928-445-2525
430 North 6th Street Prescott, AZ, 86301
Prescott, AZ
 
Fastenal- Prescott Valley
928-772-6325
9551 E. Lorna Lane, Suite E/F Prescott Valley, AZ, 86314
Prescott Valley, AZ
 
Arizona General Ace Hardware
(928) 636-4401
1395 S Hwy 89-
Chino Valley, AZ
 
The Home Depot
(928)777-2400
5500 E State Route 69
Prescott Valley, AZ
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

Lowe's
(928) 541-8640
2300 East State Route 69
Prescott, AZ
Hours
M-SA 6 am - 9 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Kmart 4880 / Cross Merch
(928) 772-0017
7550 E State Hwy 69
Prescott Vall, AZ
Store Hours
Miscellaneous
Store Type
Miscellaneous
Hours
Monday To Friday Working Hours is :8-22 and for Sat:8-22
Sun:8-21
Store Features
Monday To Friday Working Hours is :8-22 and for Sat:8-22
Sun:8-21

Prescott Valley Ace Hardware
(928) 772-8111
7211 E 1st St
Prescott Valley, AZ
 
Hunt's Do it Best Lumber
(928) 636-2333
1204 N Hwy 89
Chino Valley, AZ
 

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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