Use Winding Sticks to Ensure Flat Stock
A matched pair of straight and parallel sticks can reveal the twist and wind in your lumber
Synopsis: Winding sticks have been around a long time, but they have not outlived their usefulness, even in a machine-based shop. They make twist and wind visible, and they have a host of other uses as well, including checking a board for a consistent angle and finding the high points in a board too wide for the jointer. Author Doug Peterman made his own winding sticks, and he explains how you can make a stable, stylish set for yourself.
Winding sticks are simplicity itself: a matched pair of sticks carefully made to be straight and parallel on all surfaces. Placed across each end of a board, they make it easy to see if there is any twist or wind. Although they’ve been around a long time, winding sticks have not outlived their usefulness, even in a machine-based shop.
They make twist visible
It doesn’t take much twist to make…