Giant Ruler Growth Charts!!

It’s no secret that these are making a HUGE appearance on Etsy, Pinterest, etc. I had seen them more than a few times and thought, “Wow, that would be easy,” to be followed by, “EIGHTY DOLLARS FOR THAT??!!” (Yes, I am a sort of cheapskate. This comes with being married a very handy, talented man. He builds.)  We were then asked to make one for a sister-in-law for Mother’s Day. What a great idea! The perfect chance to try this thing out and see what all the fuss is about.

There are many great tutorials out there on making these, and I will not be writing another one for you here. Seems silly. But I will add that if you use a speed square instead of just a plain ruler when marking, you can bee 100% sure that your ruler lines are perfectly straight, square to the board, and also perfect matching lengths across. Speed square also makes adding the numbers EASY. On my ruler I lined them all up to start at 6.75″ away from the left side edge (where the lines are) and then when you stand up the ruler, they are all straight up and down. Very important.

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Another tip I will share with you: use a paint pen! It’s so much easier and more consistent than using a brush to paint the lines on. Beautiful results, and it’s more natural in your hand than a brush.

ImageAnd — The results! Isn’t it adorable?? I’m in love. We’ve sold several of these in our Adoption Shop over on facebook, and have orders for more! Hooray! If you need one, now you know where to look. 🙂

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It’s all in a day’s work … 🙂

~ The Woodworker’s Wife

 

 

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DIY “LOVE” door hanger

I’ve shared the general pattern with you, now for the process! In case you want to try this yourself, I’m going to show you all the steps that are involved with a simple scroll saw project. 🙂 We begin with the pattern – I typed up “LOVE” in a plain document in 650 pt font size – one letter per page. When you print them out, then tape them together to form a square – as you saw in my earlier post. What happens next? To the plywood!

The pattern is taped to the 1/4″ plywood square (about 18″ square to be precise) using indoor carpet tape. Apply the tape to the plywood first, then remove the paper and smooth the paper pattern onto the tape to secure it to the wood! You can trim the extra tape off if you like so that it doesn’t slow the blade down once you go to cut it on the saw.

Here is the pattern taped down (using double sided carpet tape) and ready to cut with the saw!

Here is the pattern taped down (using double sided carpet tape) and ready to cut with the saw!

Close up of the pattern so you can see the tape. I like to cut away the excess before going to work.

Close up of the pattern so you can see the tape. I like to cut away the excess before going to work.

It's cut out!

It’s cut out! When you’re finished cutting, the carpet tape and the paper pattern will peel off quite easily, and cleanly.

Couldn't resist adding some scrapbook paper and for flair. It's easy to be accurate when you lay the finished wood cutout on top of the paper and trace.

Couldn’t resist adding some scrapbook paper and for flair. It’s easy to be accurate when you lay the finished wood cutout on top of the paper and trace.

As you can see, it’s a process. I also painted the back to make it more weatherproof – because we don’t have a storm door to protect it from the elements. After pasting on the paper with Mod Podge, I sealed it with a gloss spray paint. Makes it shiny and beautiful!

TA-DA!!! Finished!! Just added some sheer ribbon for hanging.

finished love doorhangerThe second one looks totally different and I will share that with you soon! 🙂 I mean, if one is good, two is better, right?

~ The Woodworker’s Wife

Reclaimed {barn} wood caddy

I am proud to say that these are the first project I have made by myself! Mr. Woodworking could have done these in his sleep… but I am a bit proud of myself for figuring out measurements, using the miter saw, etc. I’m also very pleased with how this entire project was made out of reclaimed lumber! Southern Yellow Pine and Cottonwood, respectively. Two different barns, two different towns, re-made into something for our home. Merry Christmas to me!

The character of the wood is what makes these unique -  this is reclaimed cottonwood from a 100-year-old corn crib... reborn!

The character of the wood is what makes these unique – this is reclaimed cottonwood from a 100-year-old corn crib… reborn!

Southern Yellow Pine has a beautiful grain. This caddy is sturdy, a bit on the heavy side, but so gorgeous.

Southern Yellow Pine has a beautiful grain. This caddy is sturdy, a bit on the heavy side, but so gorgeous!

My little brother came over last week to work on some awesome wood projects for Christmas. Music blaring, good company to work with … and then these just sort of happened. I was scrolling through my Pinterest board for some inspiration and I found this.

Honestly, I like mine better than hers. The reasons are simple: I prefer to have the joinery flush and square. Hers are more rustic in their construction. I also left the real beauty of the wood to show through (nail holes and all!) and I think it lends charm and authenticity to the finished project. What can I say? I think wood-grain is sexy. The handles are antique table legs that we rescued out of Grandma’s basement.

Not bad for an evening of work... reclaimed, reborn barn wood ready for a new life in our home!

I think one of these will be my new gardening companion next Spring…

~ The Woodworker’s Wife