Request: Ideas for Router Jig for Ruler Tick Marks

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Blog entry by OppyOppy posted 02-27-2015 07:18 PM 2441 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am making (as many others have) a growth chart for a relative. I have made one for my daughter prior to this build.

The piece is made from walnut (sides) and maple (middle). The maple section is divided into 4” high ‘tiles’, with tick marks every 2 ”. The top most ‘tile’ comes out and the other tiles can be slid up to the space and then removed. The idea was that my daughter could remove the tile for the appropritae height, and send it to me with the measurements she wanted, and i would etch it with a dremel tool. she has a 4 year and a 1 year old so she’s not done that yet – she’s pretty busy. Since each of the tiles are separate I routed the tick marks into the maple using a couple of stop blocks and a table mounted router. They marks were pretty easy to make because of the size of the stock and the direction of the cut.

This brings us to the piece i’m making for another relative (sister in law to my daughter). The customer does not want separate tiles for the maple section, so i’m just going to make tick marks. I’ve used Microsoft Visio to design what i think a 6” piece would look like – the tick marks will repeat like those shown in the picture every 6 inches.

I’m am struggling with how to make a router jig that i can use to make these tick marks on a 5 ’ long piece of stock. I do not have a steady enough hand to free-hand the router cuts, so a template or a jig is an absolute necessity.

Any ideas are welcome.



-- -Ryan

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#1 posted 04-11-2015 02:51 AM

Not sure where you’re at with this, but I’m working on the same thing right now for my son… I’ll try to get pics of my jig & process this weekend.

-- ~ T.J. Hudson Valley, NY. It's all fun & games until somebody loses an eye!

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#2 posted 04-11-2015 10:04 AM

Hi TJ,
I built a jig that allows the router to move across the wood stock. the jig holds the router so that only up and down travel is allowed. the jig has a stop block to limit vertical movement so that the tick marks can be different lengths.

the jig was poorly made – I built it on the fly. the wings are too wide and the length too long, but I figure since it works, no need to cut it up.

see the image attached. sorry about the rotation of the image. don’t know what happened there.

-- -Ryan

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