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Winding Sticks Mania

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Project by ChuckM posted 05-22-2017 03:27 PM 473 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hardwood winding sticks—such as these: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/319177—may occasionally need “tuning” because of seasonal changes.

Winding strips made of manufactured materials, e.g., MDF and hardboard avoid that concern and are therefore maintenance free.

These MDF/HB winding sticks are adapted from the idea of the ever-resourceful woodworker Serge Duclos that is published in Fine Woodworking (http://www.finewoodworking.com/2008/03/25/mdf-winding-sticks-are-reliable-accurate). Mine are: MDF: ½” x 2” x 24”; HB: 1/8” x ¾” x 24” glued in a groove of 1/8” x 5/8”. Cost: $10 (MDF; scrap hardboard from shop), or $1.25 Cdn a pair.

2” wide MDF was used to allow the plow’s fence to register properly; if you use a tablesaw to cut the grooves, you can use 1-1/2” wide MDF. Or, rip the MDF strips to 1-1/2” wide after you plow the grooves.

Make one and make many more!

Shop notes:

1) The marking on the other side looks a little different:

2) The Veritas plow (used with a 1/8” cutter) was the perfect tool for the grooving job

3) Note the effectiveness of the SAWSTOP overarm dust collection system. Only traces of sawdust (MDF is notorious for its nasty fine dust) were left on the table

4) It is long weekend here. Kids play on the street, so do adults in my neighborhood (if they aren’t camping with their families) in their shops:

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted





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#1 posted 05-22-2017 11:58 PM

I really like both versions of your winding sticks and I like shopmade tools very much. But when it comes to winding sticks, I can’t see the benefit of shopmade sticks against using e.g. extruded aluminum or simple i-beam levels.
Even climate-changes shouldn’t be a problem, when using them to check boards.
Anything, that I don’t see?

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#2 posted 05-23-2017 02:19 AM

True, any two parallel edges can be used as winding sticks, including the edges of two planes as Paul Sellers shares here:

https://paulsellers.com/2017/05/quick-plane-tips-pun-intended/

The only benefit of making your own sticks is to work in the shop for a bit.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#3 posted 05-23-2017 09:25 AM



The only benefit of making your own sticks is to work in the shop for a bit.

Ok, that’s a big pro-argument! :)

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