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A few months ago I ordered some lumber form an online source - 20bf of curly maple and 10bf of bubinga. Their prices were much better than the local source. Coupled with no sales tax and free shipping, it was a pretty good deal. I'd probably order from them again, but knowing the lead time is important. Free shipping means it takes a while ;)

I didn't have any projects in mind for this lumber when ordering, but I think it will go into a cocktail table for some friends who are getting married in June. However, I did want to see what the bubinga was like to work with so I made a little project today that has been on my bucket list. It also allowed me to practice some hand tool work.

I chose to use the bubinga for the sticks as it has very straight grain, is dense, heavy and durable. I have to say, bubinga requires sharp! Scary sharp LOL My recently purchased Tormek was put to good use on a few chisels and plane irons. I also used a fellow LJers small infill plane I purchase from him months back, to mill the pieces.

The sticks are 24" long and finished with Waterlox and paste wax. There's a small dowel that provides the center and also holds them together when stored. The targets are some maple scraps from other projects.

It was a fun project that taught me a little about a species I've never worked with. Now I must go sharpen all of my chisels and irons. This stuff is tough.

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Awesome Bill! I never really thought I needed winding sticks until I made a set. Now I use them all the time. These should be useful and serve you well!
 

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Awesome Bill! I never really thought I needed winding sticks until I made a set. Now I use them all the time. These should be useful and serve you well!

- HokieKen
Thanks Ken. Oh I'll most definitely use them. I've been using two Starret straight edges, but these will be easier to use. I know people associate them with just hand tool work, but checking the product that comes out of the planer and checking cabinets for twist are other uses I'd imagine.
 

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Well done. These come in handy. Since I do most everything by hand, I've got a small set for narrow things and a set about your size here for non-narrow things.

Good luck with the upcoming cocktail table.
 

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Looks almost like the ones I made last year. Really liked the extra weight that Bubinga provides for shop made tools.
I was debating making the accents in a lighter wood but decided against due to the light color wall in the back of my bench.
Good job and enjoy
 

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That's a nice looking group there Mini. What do you use the tool in the back for? My guess is cupping and bowing, but not sure :)

Thanks coloneltravis :)
 

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Thanks builtinbkyn. Its a straight edge. I could have used the winding sticks as a straight edge also but I had the extra wood to make a dedicated one.
 

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Great looking sticks! I just made a pair out of Maple and Spanish Cedar. I should have made the bottom wider like you did. Sometimes they have trouble staying up.
 
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