Winding Sticks

VLUU L200 / Samsung L200

Winding, or winking, sticks are used to determine if a board has any twist along its length.  By placing one stick at each end of a board, parallel to each other, and then sighting across the tops of them, any twist will immediately become apparent.  One common design has a contrasting wood inlaid into the top of one of the sticks, which makes it easier to see how level they are to each other.  This design, which I saw here, relies instead on the two half moon cutouts.  When sighting down the sticks, the light seen under the piece of wood across the top of the half moons becomes the contrasting visual reference.

The strip of wood above the cutouts is also beveled, which makes a nice shadow line to enhance the difference in color.  I was a bit skeptical at first as to how well they would work, but after making a pair, I am sold on the idea.  The one thing to consider is the background:  If it is a dark color, it is harder to see light through the cutouts.  With a light background, they preform beautifully.

These sticks are made of Black Walnut, quarter sawn, and come in two sizes:  14″ or 22″ long, by 2″ tall, . and are tapered from bottom to top.  They are finished with two coats of Minwax Antique Oil, which gives a nice dark non-glaring finish.  Sold as a pair.  Click here order from the store.



6 Responses to Winding Sticks

  1. Bruce Boghosian says:

    Dear Dan:
    Just a quick note to thank you for the great winding sticks which just arrived in the mail this morning. They are really beautiful, and I’ve had a good time sighting down various pieces of wood with them (including my workbench top). I also really enjoyed the touch of using shavings as packing material!
    Thanks and best regards,
    Bruce Boghosian

  2. Thank you Bruce for your kind words. We appreciate the business!

  3. Greg Thill says:

    I received my winding sticks today, and they are perfect, thanks so much!! I echo Bruce’s comment above about the packing material so great.
    In such a hustle bustle work I appreciate the little things like you taking the time to write a personal note on the packing slip. It means a lot.
    Thanks Daniel!

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