Posted 31 January 2006 - 05:34 PM
Another method I found is to make several 1/2" holes in a piece of wood by means of a drill press. The holes may need to be a bit larger than 1/2", so the dart can fit in. It should be snug, but not impossible to fit. This holey wood will hold your stefans while they dry, and over time, it will straighten them (similar to the PVC rod method).
This method will increase your stefan yields too. I currently have 7 blocks of wood with 20 darts each. Like canning/pickling veggies, the more you let the stefan age, the better. It will be straighter and it should be more stiff too.
If you are impatient or need to make an emergency batch, the hair dryer will work for the pinch, but keep it at a lower temp, as to prevent your glob of goo. A combination of these methods proves effective as well.
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