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Project by kiefer posted 07-31-2015 11:35 PM 1995 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Started making this big ruler with the grand kids last weekend but run out of time and thought today would be a good time to finish it .
Started with a laminated pine shelf 16” x96” and cut it in half lengthwise so we could make two rulers 6’ 4” and have enough material for the numbers at the end of the board .

I had a buddy print out the numbers for us and glued them to the board .
We taped up the ruler board with painters tape and made a mark every two inches and then marked out with a sliding square making the half foot and foot marks longer .
The next step was to cut the tape along the mark out lines again using the sliding square and removing the tape from the marks that would be painted .
While the paint was drying I cut out the numbers on the band saw and sanded them smooth with my spindle and disc sander and finishing the parts by hand this was followed by routing the edges with a bevel bit in my laminate trimmer and painting .
When the paint was dry I removed all the tape and glued on the numbers and cut a oblong hole near the top for a hanger , a coat of stain and that is it .
Quick and fun project with the kids in the shop and something they can take home and hang it in their room and record their growth BUT I MAY HAVE TO EXTEND IT AT THE RATE THEY ARE GROWING .

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 07-31-2015 11:50 PM

Pretty nice! It Is frowned upon when my Granddaughters enter my Shop! I swear it is getting better! LOL.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 07-31-2015 11:58 PM

Cool project. I know what you mean about those little squirts growing up fast. Mine are worse that weeds.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#3 posted 08-01-2015 12:22 AM

Great little project Kiefer! Before you know it those little one are taller than us.

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 08-01-2015 12:24 AM

Very nice Klaus. I would fill that right up to the top ….. or at least I would have a few years ago. I think I’ve shrunk a little. Nice work on the numbers. They aren’t as easy as they look.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 08-01-2015 01:33 AM

Klaus, I love it. Cool big numbers, with easy to read markings. I can see a lot of notches going on this ruler.
You could not of posted this at a better time. My daughter in law asked me a week ago to make a growing chart for our grandson. I will have to use some of these ideas on my build. Thanks buddy.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 08-01-2015 02:15 AM

Fun build.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 08-01-2015 02:20 AM


Nice rule, or should I say with the grand-kids “You rule!” You could make another for the shop, for your bigger projects? :<)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 08-01-2015 05:43 AM

great fun project.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#9 posted 08-01-2015 07:28 AM

Last week a rose and now a big ruler. You are bussy Klaus. I,m sure your grandkids will love it and in addition, you also bring other LJ members on ideas. Well done.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#10 posted 08-01-2015 09:39 AM

Great idea and a truly unique project.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#11 posted 08-01-2015 01:08 PM

Great job, Klaus! I have one of these in my favorites and on the To Do List. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 08-01-2015 01:30 PM

So cool ! The kids will never forget it. Great build, all is in the details. You’re the man for details.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#13 posted 08-01-2015 01:51 PM

That’s a great project. In the coming years it will be wonderful for you to see all of the great pictures that you take while they are standing next to it. It will be a wonderful visual record of their growth rates over the years. What you could do is make a nice photo album for them. The photo album could be one with classy wood covers that you also made. Things like this are what makes wonderful memories for your descendants after you have passed away.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 08-02-2015 01:05 PM

very cool build, so glad you have your grand kids so close, enjoy it….

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

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#15 posted 08-02-2015 06:08 PM

Ah yes….........those growth spurts are super ruff to stay up with.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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