Life as an Amateur Woodworker #31: Time to think about Christmas!

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 11-04-2014 06:49 PM 1146 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Christmas, a time we all feel the strain on the wallet, but I’m sure there are plenty of us who can ease the strain, just a little.

This year I decided to make a Height Growth Chart for my six year old nephew, something new to Colombians, they have never thought to keep track of their childs growth in this way, I know my own mother just stood us against the kitchen door frame and placed a mark there, but I wanted to do something different, and having seen one on YouTube in feet and inches, decided that with a bit more work, because here they use centimeters, this was what I would do.

One 2.3m plank of pine, an oribital sander, combination square, pencil, pyrography kit, and some patience, the one problem for me was stencils, because although they have basic block number stencils, they don’t have much variety here in Colombia, so I did a bit of research and came up with the answer, for which I needed, and had, a laser printer (it won’t work with an inkjet) print out the mirror image of anything you want on wood, sand the wood smooth, and then using a clothes iron on it’s hottest setting, rub the nose of the iron over all the lines and it transfers to the wood.

That done, I just had to burn all the lines and numbers into the wood, to personalise it, I added his name, a days work, with a few distractions, now I have just got to stain it, nothing more, so that it can easily be written on.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#1 posted 11-04-2014 08:24 PM


Also got to have a neat handwriting? LOL! Saw a couple of these rulers in inches posted on YouTube.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 11-04-2014 08:27 PM

Hi Tom… No, I just looked for a font I liked, and used Matthias Wandel’s Big Print, to get it to the right size!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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