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Better Winding Sticks Williston ND

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.

Williston True Value
(701) 572-7300
10 E 26th Street
Williston, ND
 
Williston - Auth Hometown
(701) 572-6000
2308 11Th Ave West
Williston, ND
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Hometown Dealers
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Hours
Mon:9.5-19
Tue:9.5-19
Wed:9.5-19
Thu:9.5-19
Fri:9.5-19
Sat:9-18
Sun:12-17
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Mon:9.5-19
Tue:9.5-19
Wed:9.5-19
Thu:9.5-19
Fri:9.5-19
Sat:9-18
Sun:12-17

Williston True Value
(701) 572-7300
10 E 26th Street
Williston, ND
 
Bosch Lumber Co.
(701) 483-5179
Highway 10 East
Dickinson, ND
 
Lamperts
(701) 492-0292
4115 32nd Ave Sw
Fargo, ND
 
Farmers Union Lumber
(701) 572-8356
320 26th Street E
Williston, ND
 
The Home Depot
(701)282-2078
4700 17th Avenue SW
Fargo, ND
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm-8:00pm

C.h. Carpenter Lumber Company
(701) 845-3042
202 Second Street Nw
Valley City, ND
 
Fastenal- Fargo
701-277-0823
3215 Main Ave Suite A Fargo, ND, 58102
Fargo, ND
 
Lumber Mart
(701) 797-2623
Highway 200 & 45
Cooperstown, ND
 

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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