Poor Man Winding Sticks

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Project by Bricofleur posted 04-05-2010 01:00 AM 6228 views 13 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a great tool to improve my woodworking skills and results – winding sticks, for free. Since MDF and hardboard are very stable et long lasting materials, I came up with the idea of using them as winding sticks.

They require only two 24”-long 3/4”-thick X 1-1/2”-wide MDF and two 24”-long by 1-1/2”-wide hardboard strips. Just one drop of glue in the middle of each MDF groove to keep the hardboard in position but no more so the sticks will stay as “natural” and stable as possible – you want a minimum of humidity in there. I chamfered the top edges of the MDF supports, for esthetic reasons, to give more value to my poor man winding sticks! I’ve also slightly sanded all sharpe edges for comfort and, using a permanent black marker, I drew a fine line on one top edge of each stick to ease the reading when at work.

For the price, it’s a bargain ! And they work great.

For more details, check this page of my website.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 04-05-2010 01:31 AM

Not a bad idea. They look like they would be very clear to see. Just have to make sure their a consistent height.

-- Daniel -

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#2 posted 04-05-2010 03:00 AM

Looks good, nice work on them,.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 04-05-2010 05:13 AM

and a whole lot cheaper than the almost $30 winding sticks that Lee Valley has. I wonder how many LJs know what winding sticks are used for. I didn’t until I got burned making a simple flag case. How I wished someone would have suggested I use them.

-- Don

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#4 posted 04-05-2010 06:03 AM

Great project : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Derek Lyons

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#5 posted 04-05-2010 08:07 AM

Should be easy to make sure they are a consistent height Daniel – just rip ‘em to a ‘consistent width’ the same way as you would a piece of lumber.

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#6 posted 04-11-2010 12:19 AM

great idea! this would be a good addition to my handplane collection.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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