For starters, kudos to Woodpecker for their customer service, it was
excellent. The missing part (end stop) arrived today, as promised, and
they stayed in touch with me all the way until delivery.
The unit is well engineered, all parts are machined to exacting
tolerances, and the fit and finish of parts and connectors is excellent.
Assembly is self explanatory, therefore no need for instructions.
Although a quick check with my favorite shop tape measure showed that
all of the measurements coincided perfectly the individual 3 32" length
units, I decided to take it on step further out to 96".
I use only one tape measure on a project, and I really to do want that
tape measure to coincide perfectly with the built-in tape on my table
saw fence. Same for any other measuring/setup devices.
With that in mind, and since measurements may not always be the case
with different tape measures/devices, I did a "calibration" of sorts to
insure that what is read independently on the project tape measure,
coincides exactly with the measurements on the story stick's three parts
That was a simple of matter marking lines at 12", 24" and 36" from one
end of a known square board with the project tape measure, then insuring
the end stop was installed in the exact spot necessary for the tape
measure marks to coincide with the same measurements on the story stick.
Simple matter to carry it all the way down if need be, but that was not
necessary. Granted a bit anal, but whatever precision measurement takes.
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All in all, pleased with the product. And particularly pleased with the
way the solid connectors aligned the individual 3, 32" story sticks.
Very much like the Festool guide rails, the precision of all parts is
If you already have the WoodPecker story stick, rest assured all parts
are interchangeable, allowing you to leverage what you already own.
If I could have my druthers, I would prefer the end stop be of metal
instead of plastic, but that is a very minor issue. Just take care with it.
Many ways to use the tool, so let your imagination be your guide. Just
for grins, I set it up to cut multiple, exact length parts from one 8'
tubafour, taking into account the saw blade kerf ... marking the next
147 tubafours just means moving the story stick. :)
Be glad to answer any questions.
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