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Project by ElroyD posted 03-16-2018 04:03 PM 450 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Proof that tools don’t need to be complicated. I needed a pair of winding sticks to help with flattening stock. Looking around the house, I found package of paint stirring sticks from Home Depot. Already perfectly flat and aligned with each other, I just cut the shaped handles off, drilled out the centers to add a dowel, sanded and stained. At about 16” long, they’ve been working great for my needs, and were basically free.

-- Elroy





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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 03-16-2018 04:18 PM

Well that’s using your head … good thinking!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Dan Wolfgang

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#2 posted 03-17-2018 02:10 AM

Using the stirring sticks is a neat idea. I’ve seen these longer sticks but haven’t looked at them; I’ve only used the shorter (12”?) sticks. How thick are they? Do they stand up easily? I used combination square rulers for a while, and they were somewhat difficult to stand up.

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therealSteveN

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#3 posted 03-17-2018 04:44 AM

If you’ve never used them you will wonder what took you so long. Make some a bit longer that will stand independently, you’ll end up there sooner or later.

-- Think safe, be safe

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ElroyD

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#4 posted 03-17-2018 12:54 PM



How thick are they? Do they stand up easily? I used combination square rulers for a while, and they were somewhat difficult to stand up.

- Dan Wolfgang


These are thinner than I would like. Somewhere between 3/16” and 1/4”, so they do fall over if bumped. Eventually I’ll make a better pair with a thicker base, but these work well enough for me to use while building my bench.

-- Elroy

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Mr_Pink

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#5 posted 03-17-2018 12:59 PM

All they need now is an ebony inlay to increase contrast.

Or a black line drawn with a sharpie.

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splinterpicker

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#6 posted 03-17-2018 01:19 PM

If you’re looking for something a little thicker…. how about if you took a yard stick and run it through the planer to get the numbers off?

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therealSteveN

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#7 posted 03-18-2018 03:29 AM

The top photos here show a nice triangular design that will stand easily on a warped, and twisted board

The best ones will be rather chunky, bigger bottom than top.

-- Think safe, be safe

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