Growth Ruler

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Project by doubleDD posted 11-19-2015 04:44 PM 1379 views 1 time favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked 4-5 months ago by my son to make a growth chart for my grandson. I was ready to get to work on it only he and my daughter-in-law had some ideas but couldn’t come to a decision. After months going by I asked them what is going on with the chart. They said they had mixed ideas and decided to let me come up with something.
O.K. I said but I hope you are happy with it. Knowing that a lot of my grandsons things are baseball theme I figured a bat would be the thing to do. This is what I came up with. Bought a 1×6 x 8’ of ash, drew a bat on some scrap paper, outlined it on the board, cut with a jig saw, and planed most of the rough spots. A little sanding and it was time for some measurements. I taped off lines every 3 inches and made bigger ones on the foot marks. The hardest thing for me was trying to make some small numbers on the scroll saw. I failed a couple times but finally got through it. My wife said I should paint the numbers red to give it the color theme of her favorite team, the CUBS. She was right, it looked better than just stained.
I started off at 1 foot so that way there will be no problems when mounting to a wall with the baseboard. I will be giving this to them on Thanksgiving Day. I’m sure they will like it. If not, I will have a fancy ruler for the shop. Ha haha. Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 11-19-2015 05:11 PM

I wish I had HAD one about 50 years ago… :)

They will LOVE it!

Happy Happy!

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#2 posted 11-19-2015 05:12 PM

Looks great! I’m sure they’ll love it. Defiantly a project I need to put on my too do list. Thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 11-19-2015 05:39 PM

Nice thing! Of course you need this since kids grow very fast.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 11-19-2015 06:07 PM

Hey Dave,

Dah Bears? I remember sitting in the bleachers at Wriggly Field when people could afford a hot-dog there. Cubbies got close? Last time they won was when I was born. That’s scarey.

I’m sure they’ll like the bat theme.

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#5 posted 11-19-2015 06:47 PM

This is very cool! The baseball bat is a super idea, rather than a yard stick like some I have seen.

I have to make one of these too – actually two of them. My niece and nephew both had babies 2 months apart!
They can both walk now so it is time to get busy. Both sets of parents are major BlackHawk fans so I have some figgerin’ to do.

Your blue and red colors make it pop. My condolences to your wife for being a Cubs fan!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#6 posted 11-19-2015 07:01 PM

Atta boy Dave. No doubt they’ll like it !

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#7 posted 11-19-2015 07:13 PM

A must have for kids growing up. I have marks on my shop cabinet for my kids and grand kids and you can see where they sprout up the most!!.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 11-19-2015 07:19 PM

Hi Joe, thanks. Now days we start to shrink or start growing the other way. ha ha

ChickenChaser thanks. Funny thing is it was a priority only I was waiting for them to decide. The other way around fora change.

Yea Ivan, I think they said he grew 7’’ since May.

Thanks Doc. Maybe we’ll see them win again if we live long enough. Now a days hot dogs are for BBQ’s, at home.

UncleStumpy, I can see a hockey stick one in the future? At least mine was a little easier.

Thanks Joe. I’m sure they will. Fingers crossed.

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

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#9 posted 11-19-2015 07:22 PM

Thanks Jim. I was going to put bases and home plate on there as mile markers, but I will leave it up to them.

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

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#10 posted 11-19-2015 07:34 PM

Looks great! This is one of the projects I keep putting off for my 2 daughters. I need to get one built, they are growing up so fast I feel like Im missing out!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#11 posted 11-19-2015 07:52 PM

That’s pretty cool Dave!! My vertical growth has stopped so could you make one to track my horizontal expansion??? LOL

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#12 posted 11-19-2015 08:05 PM

Cool design Dave .
Turned out well and some color always looks good he should like it a lot .


-- Kiefer

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#13 posted 11-19-2015 08:47 PM

That is really cool. Great job buddy

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#14 posted 11-19-2015 08:56 PM

Can’t believe nobody has said this yet…Looks like a home run to me!!

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 11-19-2015 10:10 PM

Good one DD

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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