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Ebony & Apple

Hi Folks,

Jonathan here, I guess I’ll get this page started.  By now most of you probably know that I am a Galoot.  So its no surprise that my latest project, was not only predominantly completed with hand tools, but it is actually a hand tool!

Yup, I made 2 flat parallel sticks, it’s actually harder than it sounds!  These are winding sticks, made from some sort of mahogany with ebony and apple inlays.  What are winding sticks you say?  Winding sticks allow you to detect twist or wind (as in winding up a watch) in a board, or a glued up panel, or even the top of a carcass.  I do have one of them new fangled tailed beasts know as a jointer, but its only a 6″ version, so rarely use it.  Instead I normally flatten my stock by hand.  The winding stick as necessary to detect twist so it can be removed with a hand plane.  The black and white sights provide better visibility when sighting across the sticks.  In order for the sticks to be accurate, they must be perfectly parallel.

Here is a shot of the sticks in use.

This particular board is in wind, but not severely.  To increase the amount of wind I put shims under opposite corners of the sticks.  You can clearly see that the black sight on the right is fully visible, while the black sight on the left is only partially visible.  This indicates that the right rear and left front corners are high.

Here is a  picture without the shims. You can still see the twist. The right rear black sight is visible, while the left one is not.

One all the twist has been removed , you will see equal portions of the rear sights on both ends. Like this next photo.

Even if you don’t flatten stock by hand winding stick are still handy to have.  Here I’m using mine to check the bottom of my current project for twist.

I’ll post about that one when its finished.

For a final bit of trivia the word Galoot is a left-recursive acronym which means “Galoots are lovers of old tools”.

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  1. David Junge says:

    Hi Jonathan
    Great website. It’ll take me a bit to learn my way around it. Thanks for sharing

    D j

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