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Project by Lenny posted 04-25-2015 11:13 PM 1097 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is, at once, nothing much and everything. The nothing much refers to the woodworking involved and the everything is because it is for my first grandchild, Riley.

I got the idea for this “growth chart” from a fellow in the RI Woodworker’s Guild. He made several for grandkids and when he posted one along with an explanation of how he made it, I printed his tale and figured I might one day make some. I liked the idea of the block letter on top with the stippled background so I incorporated those features in mine. He made his only four feet in length and said the intent was to place it on a wall 18” above floor level. My thinking was, the board, if moved, would not give a true indication of the child’s height. Why not make it six feet (or better) in length and place it at floor level?

The board is Spanish cedar. It is 3/4 inches thick, 4 inches wide and 6 feet, four inches tall (The block is a 4 inch square.) I wanted separation from the block to the rest of the board so I routed a chamfer under it. I added a chamfer to the front corners as well.

For the block letter, I printed a block letter “R” at the required size. Using transfer or carbon paper, I drew the letter and block shape onto the wood. I used sharp chisels and a mallet to carve out the letter. In larger waste areas I used a Bosch Colt router or a Dremel tool to speed up the process. The stippling is accomplished using a broad tipped nail set. The finish is two coats of aerosol spray shellac followed by two coats of polyurethane.

Typically, Mom and Dad mark the child’s height and then use a measuring tape to record the height. I decided to add a self-adhering measuring tape right to the board. The tape measures out at just under ½” wide so I used the appropriate undersized plywood bit to run a groove the length of the board, and I set the tape in the groove so it is flush with the surface.

My grandson had his first birthday party today. He is not yet standing on his own without support. Once he is, perhaps I will come back and add a photo of his first measurement.

Update: Someone captured a photo at the party so I added it.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI





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#1 posted 04-26-2015 12:08 AM

Nice work Lenny. I’m sure he will be happy to see his progress. Most kids are ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 04-26-2015 12:10 AM

Thanks Bob. I find, the parents are as excited as the children to see the progress.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#3 posted 04-26-2015 12:24 AM

i really like this lenny, you added some great enhancement to a good idea, this will be a family heirloom for sure…great job, i like the nail set idea, a great way to add texture …

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 04-26-2015 01:04 AM

Thanks Grizz. It will be fun to capture his growth through the years.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#5 posted 04-26-2015 01:28 AM

BIG SMILES, congrats Lenny on being a granddad…nice project as well enjoy your new adventure…BC

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#6 posted 04-26-2015 01:45 AM

Many thanks Wilson.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#7 posted 04-26-2015 10:48 AM

Nice project, Lenny. I love that wood! nice color!

-- "There are three kinds of men. The ones who learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." --- Will Rogers

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#8 posted 04-26-2015 02:16 PM

Thank you mbmattvt.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#9 posted 04-26-2015 04:15 PM

That is a first class growth bar right there. Grndbabies grow up way too fast. Nicely done Lenny.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#10 posted 04-26-2015 04:49 PM

So true regarding the children Roger. Thank you.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#11 posted 04-26-2015 05:41 PM

Great Idea. I like the tape addition. My Grandkids have had growth boards and they were just a piece of Pine painted white. Wish I had done something like this. A Great way to memorialize memories.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#12 posted 04-26-2015 05:48 PM

Thanks John. We measured our kids on a support post in our basement. When I finished the then unfinished basement my kids would not let me sand and repaint the post. Great memories indeed.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#13 posted 05-03-2015 01:34 PM

I love this! This will be something that the family will treasure forever….last pict is best!!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 05-03-2015 02:58 PM

Thanks Matt. I hope a few more of these are in my future.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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