|Project by Dan Wolfgang||posted 10-26-2016 02:02 AM||1422 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
I have been using two 12” steel rules as winding sticks, but trying to make them stand up is a challenge and I feel like 12” isn’t quite enough to really see what kind of twist I’m dealing with. So, I wanted to make some winding sticks. I used some red oak I had laying around and added ash dots to make positioning easier. (As with all of my projects, they are learning experiences for this new-ish woodworker, and I wish I had turned the ash dots to all point the same direction.) While at the local wood store I found a tiny piece of ippe on the cut-offs shelf, and I decided to use it for color differentiation, to make the sticks easier to read. All done with hand tools, ‘cuz that’s how I roll!
Working that ippe was hard! A little Googling says ippe is also called iron wood and that’s definitely borne out by how often I had to resharpen the plane blades. It looks gorgeous, but cutting through it was very difficult. Taking big bites resulted in lots of tear-out, and very small bites is, of course, very slow going. But, the result is nice.
These sticks are 24” long. The base is about 1/2” wide and it tapers up to about 5/16” wide at the top. The stick with the ippe is a little taller simply because I tired of trying to plane it down! I added some curve to the ends because I though it’d look nice, and I obviously don’t need the full length for these to be effective. They seem to work well.
I have used Bush Oil on all of my projects. I like it: it’s easy to use and looks nice. But could I get a nicer finish just as easily? My local wood shop had a finishing demo with Bush Oil that I followed along with. I was surprised to see how the finish evolved through sanding and “cleaning the grain,” and what a difference it made in the resulting shine. I followed through by sanding up to 600 grit, running through the Scotch-brite-like pads, and then applying the Bush Oil—wow, a much nicer finish! I’m very pleased with it! The close-up photo shows the foreground stick finished but without Bush Oil; the back stick is with the Bush Oil.