A while back one of my girl friends sent me the below photo of an over sized ruler and told me it was a growth chart to keep track of children’s heights, and asked if I thought I could make her one.
I thought they were way too cool and not only did I make her one, instead of simply painting on the markings and numbers, I use a soldering iron and burn them in. Below are the steps for making your own!
**Update** Here is a video showing the process:
- 1x8x8 piece of wood (I buy pine)
- Soldering iron (Hobby Lobby calls it a wood burner) or paint
- 3″ number stencils
- Tape measure
- Combination Square
Alright, lets get to those steps….
2) The first thing I do is sand my piece of wood.
Remember! to put 6″ at the end of your board and not the end of the tape measure. Use a clamp to clamp it in place so it doesn’t move around on you while you work.
4) Now I go through and mark every inch. My own personal system is: I find the inch mark then go 2/16″ to the right and 2/16″ to the left and place a mark in both locations. So my marks end up being 1/4″ wide, but doing it this way will make the center of your line true to the measurement.
Note: Only a small line is needed in this step. Just enough to mark it.
Now for the rulers I make, I like for the inch, quarter, half and foot lines to all be different sizes. You don’t have to do it this way, you could use any variation you like. The very first photo only uses two different sizes; one size for the inch mark, and one for the quarter and foot markings. So just look around and see what you like before getting started.
- Inch = 1″
- Quarter = 1 1/2″
- Half = 2″
- Foot = 3″
I have made over 100 of these guys, but don’t have one for my house yet (no kiddos) so I can’t show you what it looks like mounted, but here is a photo of a finished one.
Total Time: 2 hrs
Total Cost: $10 (if you only have to buy wood)