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Oak and Chalkboard Growth Boards

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Project by DaleMaley posted 05-07-2016 03:55 PM 437 views 2 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a request to build a Growth Board or height chart for my grandson. I searched the Internet and found 2 attractive designs: a stained board and a chalkboard style design.

My wife suggested I build both types, then let the recipients choose which one they like the best. Since she is the Boss, that is what I did :)

The process on the wood board was:

-buy piece of 1×10 red oak from Menards 72” long
-sand and stain with light color like Golden Oak oil stain
-mark increments with square and pencil
-hand trace increments using black fine-point paint pen
-print numbers on paper
-use carbon paper to copy the numbers onto the wood
-paint the numbers by hand using small brush and black acrylic paint
-final coat of satin polyurethane

The process on the Chalkboard was:

-select piece of common pine with the fewest knots, 1×10 by 72” long
-sand to 220 grit
-paint 2 coats of chalkboard paint
-mark increments with square and pencil
-hand trace increments using white fine-point paint pen
-print numbers on paper
-since you can’t use carbon paper, use awl point to indent the wood to the paper pattern
-paint the numbers by hand using small brush and white acrylic paint

I drilled a 1/4” hole in the center top of each board. This will allow for a significant size nail or screw to attach them to the wall.

It is probably best to use a fine-line ink pen to write the child’s height and date. You could use chalk on the chalkboard if you are not worried about somebody accidentally erasing it.

To see my Trials & Tribulations of building these 2 growth boards, see my woodworking web site.

Thanks

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/





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