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Forum topic by SMP posted 10-22-2018 04:21 AM 1320 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-22-2018 04:21 AM

I need to make some winding sticks. Most searches lead to Paul Sellers or Chris Schwarz winding sticks which are great. But was thinking due to white walls and not the greatest lighting in my garage that having lit inserts might make it easier to see. Was thinking white acrylic or frosted plexiglas inserts with a hole drilled behind for some of those miniature LED string lights. Has anyone made anything like this and can recommend materials?

Thanks!
Steve


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#1 posted 10-22-2018 08:48 AM

Interesting idea. I’d be interested in the outcome.

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#2 posted 10-22-2018 12:08 PM

I confess to being so incredibly stew-pit that I had to look “winding stick” up…..only to find out that I have used them before. Not in woodworking though, we used winding sticks {3 foot long steel rulers} to install M-14 and M1 Garand barrels to get the front sight base parallel to the receiver, haha.
Ebay has LED lights by the thousands and they are cheap, but typically are sent from China so you will wait a while. If there are any West Marine stores near you, they always had a selection of various different light bulbs. Having trouble imagining exactly how you are going to see when lit light bulbs are dead on in alignment…....then again I already admitted to being stew-pit!!!! Good luck.

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#3 posted 10-22-2018 12:21 PM

I’d also be interested in the outcome.

I’m having a hard time envisioning how it would work. You’d have to do some sort of shielding so that glare doesn’t inhibit the ability to see how much of the rear winding stick is actually showing. Maybe the acrylic would control & diffuse the light enough that it wouldn’t be an issue. Only way to know is to try.

My “winding sticks” are a couple of two foot levels—one dark and the other yellow. Makes it very easy to see against my white walls or any other background and plenty of contrast to identify twist.

Good luck and let us know how it works out.

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#4 posted 10-22-2018 01:49 PM

I think you have the right idea material wise. Lit or no, make the top edge contrasting colors so variation stands out. Having the white walls can be an advantage. Have you rear stick black and the front one a light color (silver is my personal preference). The lighted sticks is a neat idea, but I do think fixing the poor lighting problem will provide better benefit.

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#5 posted 10-22-2018 01:50 PM

None appear on Google images so you’ll be the first one with an LED winding stick set.

Congrats Steve! Hello projects page.

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#6 posted 10-22-2018 01:56 PM

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#7 posted 10-23-2018 10:50 AM

You gave me an idea.
What about using a cheap laser level?

Easier then focus simultaneously on the two sticks at the ends of a long board. Although using a small hole in a card (old credit card) may help lengthen the “depth of field”.

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#8 posted 10-23-2018 12:17 PM


You gave me an idea.
What about using a cheap laser level?

Easier then focus simultaneously on the two sticks at the ends of a long board. Although using a small hole in a card (old credit card) may help lengthen the “depth of field”.

- Sylvain

Laser level – that’s what I use – easier to see in almost all light conditions and easier than sighting over/through my glasses :-)

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#9 posted 10-23-2018 01:24 PM

On the laser level idea, are you locking the leveling mechanism? Most of those I run across are self leveling, so would only work if your bench is level. Pretty sure my floor and thus my workbench top are not quite level, but they are flat. I’d need a line that is parallel to the benchtop, not necessarily level. I actually like the idea, so trying to figure out exactly how you make it work.

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#10 posted 10-23-2018 02:50 PM



You gave me an idea.
What about using a cheap laser level?

Easier then focus simultaneously on the two sticks at the ends of a long board. Although using a small hole in a card (old credit card) may help lengthen the “depth of field”.

- Sylvain

Interesting! I do have an old laser level that I never quite found a use for. Maybe I can figure out a way to incorporate that somehow. That is nice and easy to see. I started on my sticks, but so far they are pretty much just cut to size and planed to taper thin at top.

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#11 posted 10-24-2018 10:18 AM

The idea is not to use a level per se but a laser device which produce a straight line of light. I used “laser level” because that is what I used for the picture and for want of another word. It is not a self leveling laser it is a cheap one.

To make the usage simple, the laser device would be attached to the other stick in such a way that the set-up is the same as with a normal pair of winding sticks.

This was just a quick picture to convey the idea. I should have used the other stick with the white patches. (pair of Paul Sellers winding sticks).

A quick search on the Web shows this small device at 17.5$

SMP my apologies to have hijacked your post.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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