Workshop Tip: Use a Digital Angle Cube in Place of Winding Sticks
Those popular digital angle cubes have many uses in the woodshop. I use mine in place of winding sticks when flattening a piece of stock with handplanes. To gauge my progress, I place the digital angle cube on a plane, place the plane across the width of one end of the board, zero out the angle block, and then slide the plane to the other end to see the reading there. If it’s different I still have work to do. I proceed with flattening, rechecking, and planing as needed until the angle is the same across both ends. I find this easier than using winding sticks, and easily as accurate.
—GEORGE WALDNER, Sun River, Mont.
Illustrations by Dan Thornton
From Fine Woodworking issue #277