Introduction: HEIGHT MEASURING RULER
When my two sons were growing up I measured their heights on a tape measure made for that purpose. It was made of paper and about 6" wide. When they'd stopped growing --both hitting 6 feet -- I rolled up the tape measure and added it to the "save it" box stored in the attic. Now that I'm a grandpa I decided to make something to keep track of the height of my grandson. And any future additions to my eldest's son's family and younger son, too.
Step 1: MATERIALS
Not much in the way of materials was needed. One 8' 1 x 6, two different size stencils, Tung Oil, and paste wax.
Step 2: MEASURED INCHES AND FEET
I started measuring at 6" which would allow the ruler to go flat against a wall and clear the baseboard. I used blue tape on my square to draw different length height marks. Foot marks, inch marks and half inch marks.
Step 3: WOOD BURNING THE LINES
Again, using my square I burnt in each line.
Step 4: FEET AND INCHES
Using the different stencils, I traced the numbers and burnt only the outline of the cardinal numbers for feet. For the inches, I only used pencil to darken them in.
Step 5: THE TOP AND BOTTOM
I cut a decorative curve on top and drilled a hole for hanging. I also cut a 6 inch piece of wood to use to hang it since it starts at 6 inches off the floor. This block can also be used when measuring the height of my grandson.
Step 6: FINISH
I finished with Tung Oil and paste wax.
Step 7: THE RULER
I think it turned out nice.
Step 8: IN CONCLUSION
I signed and dated the back. Let me know what you think. And as usual, all comments appreciated and all questions answered.
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