Story stick info?

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Forum topic by Andybb posted 01-10-2018 05:11 PM 498 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-10-2018 05:11 PM

I keep hearing that story sticks are an invaluable tool. Does anyone have a good link/reference on their creation/use?

Thanks in advance.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#1 posted 01-10-2018 05:23 PM

Bob Rozaieski Fine Woodworking
Published on Jan 29, 2014


I like using them, thanks Bob Rozaieski!

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#2 posted 01-10-2018 06:10 PM

It’s about the only thing I use any more. Any old scrap can work as long as you can make clear marks on it. Set a base reference point (end of sick or a line) and set all of your key project dimensions off the reference. Label accordingly.

A single stick can have multiple reference points if needed and don’t forget that you can use the flip side too.

Your dimensions can come from a drawing, sketch, intuition, or direct reference off your stock or project.

I’m a hobbyist, but my results improved dramatically when I quit using tapes and rules to measure things.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 01-10-2018 06:59 PM

Excellent. Thanks to you both.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#4 posted 01-10-2018 07:17 PM

Hell yeah. I use one on anything with multiple dados or drawers. Inside/ outside dimensions of dovetailed boxes. All kind of good stuff. I use the and a veritas bar gauge.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#5 posted 01-10-2018 07:20 PM

I just made 3 book cases and the story stick made layout nearly foolproof, nearly. I highly recommend using one, my neighbor wants me to build a couple bookcases for him, glad I kept the Stick.

-- Change begins somewhere may as well be with me.

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#6 posted 01-10-2018 08:20 PM

This is an example of cutting hinge mortises in small boxes. First make a sacrificial piece (story stick)the precise dimensions of the back of your box. Pencil in on one side only, an outline of where you want your hinge to fit. Cut it out with scroll saw (or whatever). Now set up your router guides using your story stick.

I have found through trial and error that before cutting in to the actual box, route the story stick hole to see how close you are to what you want. Then cut your box and flip your story stick and reset your router guides for that side. Then route the other side of your story stick. This way you can make any adjustments on the story stick and not the actual box.

see example below.

-- Dan

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