- 1x6x8 piece of wood
- Soldering iron (Hobby Lobby calls it a wood burner) or paint
- Number stencils
- Tape measure
- Combination Square
A couple notes before I get started on the steps: I typically make my rulers go up to 6 1/2 feet tall and I start them at 6 inches, just like the photo above. Starting it off at 6 inches means you will have to mount the ruler 6 inches off the ground in order for it to be accurate; this gives clearance to the typical baseboard height in most homes. If you start your ruler off at zero then you will need to mount it so that it touches the floor.
Alright, lets get to those steps....
2) The first thing I do is sand my piece of wood.
Remember! to put 6 inches at the end of your board and not the end of the tape measure. Use a clamp to clamp it in place so it doesn't move around on you while you work.
Now for the rulers I make, I like for the inch, quarter, half and foot lines to all be different sizes. You don't have to do it this way, you could use any variation you like. The very first photo only uses two different sizes; one size for the inch mark, and one for the quarter and foot markings. So just look around and see what you like before getting started.
- Inch = 1"
- Quarter = 1 1/2"
- Half = 2"
- Foot = 3"
11) At this point, go through and erase the extra pencil marks you can still see then you can either leave it natural or put a coat on stain on it.
I have made over 50 of these guys, but don't have one for my house yet (no kiddos) so I can't show you it mounted, but here is a photo of a finished one I put stain on.
Total Cost: $10 (if you only have to buy wood)
Also, when I first started making these it took me around 4 hours from start to finish, so be patient!
Edit: Since this is such a popular project I wanted to post a few more pictures of different variations for you to see.
Here is one where I burnt in a child's name: