Jumbo Ruler -or- A Growth Chart

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Project by RDR posted 04-06-2013 12:12 AM 8112 views 25 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife saw this type of growth chart on Pinterest and commissioned me to make one for our daughter. My version is made out of a poplar 1×8, 6 feet long. I just used a sander to add a small chamfer on all the edges before sanding the whole thing to 220. The board was then finished with Minwax dark walnut stain before adding the markings and numbers with acrylic paint. Finally, 2 coats of satin wipe on poly. It hangs flush on the wall with a key-hole routed in the back. We still have to pick up some kind of paint marker to mark her height as she grows.

Thanks for taking the time to look. Comments welcomed, as always.

-- The Dude abides...

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#1 posted 04-06-2013 12:31 AM

Hey…. I saw something like that beside the front door at our local convenience store!
And no matter what the witnesses say….. it wasn’t me and you can’t prove it!

Good lookin’ yard stick!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 04-06-2013 12:36 AM

Great job.

-- Todd

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#3 posted 04-06-2013 01:49 AM

Good idea well done

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#4 posted 04-06-2013 03:23 AM

Awesome project. Really nice/professional pics as well!! Good Fstop choice! :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#5 posted 04-06-2013 04:31 AM

That is really neat!!! I like it, might steal the idea ;)


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#6 posted 04-06-2013 11:24 AM

Great work, Heck I don’t even need my reading glasses for that LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 04-06-2013 11:28 AM

Thanks for the positive feedback, everyone.

dakremer: I don’t know if a professional would just crank it open as wide as it goes, but thanks!

ASUAlumni02: You should definitely steal the idea… I did :)

-- The Dude abides...

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#8 posted 04-06-2013 01:34 PM

Great project! Very well done!

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#9 posted 04-06-2013 10:49 PM

And Now I have to make one; hopefully mine will be nearly as nice as yours!


-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#10 posted 04-06-2013 11:33 PM

I literally just finished looking at one of these done by a local artist who woodburned it. Yours looks really nice nice work on the lines.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#11 posted 04-06-2013 11:53 PM

clieb91: Thanks! I just used some Frogtape to mark off the foot lines, and my speed square and a small craft brush for the inch lines.

-- The Dude abides...

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#12 posted 04-07-2013 12:15 AM

I like that a lot. It’s like functional art. If the kids have NBA aspirations, though, you might need to add a few inches :).

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#13 posted 04-07-2013 09:30 PM

I’ve seen a few of these around. Well done! I really like the color choice in your stain.

-- Just remember... Keep your stick on the ice! - Red Green

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#14 posted 05-01-2013 02:53 AM

I cant get over the letters and how crisp they are. Did you use a stencil and fill it in with a fine brush or was this free hand? I have used a paint marker and speed square for the graduation lines, but the letters have me stumped…

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#15 posted 05-01-2013 11:27 AM

ol104: I printed the numbers out on the computer and then cut them out, basically making my own stencils. Then I used one of those cheap foam paintbrushes and blotted the paint into them.

-- The Dude abides...

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