I’ve used the “ticking stick” method to fit countertops into odd spaces in a home, but I’ve never used it in the workshop. But then Indiana carpenter Carl Bilderback showed me how to use the method to fit a door to a face frame.
As soon as he mentioned it, I slapped my forehead and signed him up to write a short article about it for the November 2010
issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, which is heading out to subscribers now.
However, some people have a hard time visualizing the process, so Megan Fitzpatrick shot this short video this morning that shows how it’s done. Complete details are in the November issue.
And if you don’t know what a “ticking stick” is, you’re not alone. The video should clear things up for you.
— Christopher Schwarz
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