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The Jude Meter

February 14, 2012

There have been several posts on the internet of attempts to copy the chidren’s growth chart that looks like a wooden ruler originally sold by Pottery Barn. This post shows my attempt at making a Jude Meter for my grandson Jude. I started with a knot-free pine board 6 feet long and 7 inches wide. The board was edged with a 1/8 inch roundover bit on the router to soften the edges. The board was then sanded with 120 grit paper and stained with two coats of Cabots pecan stain applied by brushing and wiping off with a soft rag.

Next I added ruler marks with a paint pen. The marks started with 6 inches at the bottom and 6 feet 6 inches at the top. The lines were made 3 inches long at the foot marks, 2 1/2 inches long at the half foot marks, 2 inches at the quarter foot marks, and 1 inch long at the other inch marks.

Three inch vinyl numbers were used as templates for the foot designations. The vinyl numbers were traced with a ball-point pen and then removed. The numbers were filled in by paint pen.

The surface was then covered by spray polyurethane. Care must be taken because the paint pen paint will run if touched before the spray finish dries. Three coats of spray finish were applied with light sanding by 220 grit sandpaper between coats.

A sawtooth hanger was attached to the back for hanging with the bottom 6 inches off the floor. If Jude follows his father and grows tall I might be adding more length at the top in his late teens. In the meantime, 6 1/2 feet ought to do it.