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DIY Wood Burned Growth Chart Ruler

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Here is a step by step tutorial on how to make a growth chart ruler to track a child's height. I also have a written tutorial posted on my blog here: http://wilkerdos.blogspot.com/2013/06/diy-growth-chart-ruler.html Click here to purchase: http://wilkerdos.com/product/growth-ruler-template/ Follow and support me here: Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wilkerdos Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wilker_dos/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=257047 Website: https://www.wilkerdos.com/
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brad cagle (1 month ago)
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Kristin Collins (2 months ago)
Making this right now but I'm using an old 2" thick slab of wood that I found in my yard. Think it's been outside for at least a few years. Was covered in green mold and moss. I've dried it out and now I'm hand sanding it.. the color looks like driftwood and I'm in love. Planned on a dark stain but this beauty looks like she needs a clear coat! I'm a little nervous about the numbers but I'll tackle that once I get to that point I guess..
ItzReky (6 months ago)
baldi gonna upgrade his ruler to be this big
DAVID ASSIMIL8 (7 months ago)
Good video! Nice job. One comment, though. At 1:20, you shouldn't let your tape measure snap in hard like that. Cushion it with your finger.
Mario Benavidez (10 months ago)
que bonita te saludo desde Argentina
Monkey Business (1 year ago)
April, when you were selling these what were you charging for them.
Gerald Triola (1 year ago)
April I love your growth ruler. It was taking to long to burn so I took a piece of 1/4” x 1 1/2” key stock tack welded it to a old screwdriver and heated it with a torch. It was much faster ! 👍
PixelGunner3D (1 year ago)
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PixelGunner3D (1 year ago)
I never get to looka t my heigt charge my height measure ny eight Z jeight.
PixelGunner3D (1 year ago)
Yay
ghezghouz nabil (1 year ago)
is ok
Hudson (1 year ago)
Made one of these today... turned out great but i think im in need of a new wood burner. It took forever to burn it all in
Mitch Grady (1 year ago)
If you glue the knots in and around all of the cracks you can still cut or router thru the knots. No need to avoid them and looks good. Personal preference I guess.
Captain Cobb (1 year ago)
Wow
James Jones (1 year ago)
Wow
April Esparza (1 year ago)
LOVE this!!
disgirlinda (1 year ago)
Omg! I been wanting to do one of these for a long time, finally found this video. Thanks so much! ❣️
Dale McAleese (1 year ago)
CRAP....what a cool idea....why couldn't I have seen this video a week or more before....my oldest daughter is having her first-well he wanted out early, 12 weeks early infact...but the shower is tomorrow. I will be doing 2 of these during the week one for her and one for her younger sister who has 2 gorgeous kids.....i went to your video list and started at the oldest listed and working my way forward-what other cool ideas will I find, I can't wait to find out such a cool idea, thanks....but I'm seriously jealous I can't wait to get these house mods done so I can get to work on the fun stuff
Red Dot Tacticals (1 year ago)
super awsome video and idea. please help us and subscribe to our channel. we are a small channel looking to grow with your help. Thank you.
Jyv Ben (1 year ago)
why not add metric, this teaches the scientific system ...
Kevin Eudy (1 year ago)
It seems that after staining it, it's hard to write on to mark their heights. Any tricks to make this easier?
Hudson (1 year ago)
Kevin Eudy burn it in... i just finished with paste wax so its easy to fix
Talladega Dude (1 year ago)
I used a black Sharpie and it writes just fine on it.
Raegen jones (1 year ago)
Cool
تاب فقق (1 year ago)
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Dlynnemartin (2 years ago)
Bet you know what my 4 grandchildren will be getting this year!
yawn noon (2 years ago)
i will guess you are 5'8" in height. lols
jacqueline smith (2 years ago)
Thanks for the tutorial! I was wondering if you used a stencil to write "Ryder" on the tutorial on your blog. Thanks!
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gravey07 (2 years ago)
That is very cool i'm making one tomorrow!!!!! What kind of wood is this? Will a soldering iron burn the surface like that for most wood types? I'd like to put the increments on with a router, but im guessing a hardwood would be better as it wouldnt splinter as much? Thanks!!
Tom Ahoks (2 years ago)
Where can I find a pencilcase big enough to hold this?
HybridGirl3 (2 years ago)
I did that with all three of my sons! They didn't take them when they moved, though. Maybe they'll want them when I die. That became morose, quickly. Anyway, I made my numbers smaller with the intention of burning characterizations of their favorite hobbies on there, too. Their lack of interest made me lose motivation. I should do it, anyway. Thank you for this video! You always get me so pumped on projects!
Talladega Dude (1 year ago)
They may want them one day when they have children of their own, to use THEIR growth chart for THEIR kids! We can hope. :)
Rocky Carriles (2 years ago)
Thanks for the video. I made this ruler for my grandkids. I listed different Disney rides by the height requirement for that ride. They always check to see what rides they can ride.
Andre Vilarde (2 years ago)
April , you're much capricious , loved this great wooden ruler , I will try to make an equal here in Brazil . Kisses , continue to post interesting and simple techniques videos. André
South-West-Wilderness (2 years ago)
I like really that ruler April,  Do you have feet and inches on one side of the wood and centimetres and metres on the other? So that it can be turned around. Atb Glenn
karazorelrocks (2 years ago)
no comment's from me on how you hold the iron, half way done on my frist ruler (admittedly in centimeters so a lot more) and I've found it very repetitive so hold it however you want!
André Amaral Faria (2 years ago)
great inspiration! all the way over the pond, will make one in Portugal!
Tajveer Singh Nijjar (2 years ago)
i never thought of that.... u r great april.... we all love u....
Thomas Randall (2 years ago)
Good job April. Do you hang them next to a door frame, or does it matter? Also what do you use to attach them to the wall? Do you use 1x6? Thanks for the videos.
Jay Pee (2 years ago)
um april...you are kinda gorgeous...damn....and thank you for this superb tutorial. :)
Stan Nedelko (2 years ago)
How much do you charge for one of those rulers?
gb23278 (2 years ago)
Your video is very helpful. I am trying to do this for my son and am practicing with the wood burning tool first. I got the $15 one at hobby lobby, however in your video you are able to do those lines with ease, and then fill in a few at a time. Whenever I try to fill in the pine wood I have I get about half a line done before it stops making a burn mark. I have tried doing it incredibly slowly with the same result. I am wondering if it is the burner not holding temperature well...any thoughts on that? It says it goes to 950 deg on the box, is the green one and called 'Woodburning Value Pen.'
Marylee Serrano (3 years ago)
how do you hang it up on the wall?? I have babies and at first I didn't want to hang it up but now I want to secure it
Daniel Richards (3 years ago)
Hi April, my grand-daughter turns 1 next week and I thought this would be a great present and something she can keep forever from her Poppy. It came out great and appreciate your ideas. Thanks
MrJustDIY (3 years ago)
Great job April after seeing this video and your wood burning it motivated me to try wood burning and now I have people ordering signs with there names burned into them and stuff. You should watch my one video on my channel that shows one of them that I was working on.
You are the best!!!!
Realinformer (3 years ago)
Have you removed the step by step on your website as the link went to a blank page for me? I was trying find out the size of your stencils. Ruler looks really good I thought I'd have a go.. cheers
Realinformer (3 years ago)
+April Wilkerson thank you, you're a superstar!!
April Wilkerson (3 years ago)
Nope it should still be there, sorry about that! http://wilkerdos.com/2013/06/diy-growth-chart-ruler/
takenusername (3 years ago)
I was thinking WOW April, you're taller than I expected.  Then I realized that the ruler doesn't go down to 0", rather, it stops at 6".  Is this so there's more freedom on where to mount it?
April Wilkerson (3 years ago)
I explain it in the video, it's so you won't have to cut out any of the baseboard to mount it accurately.
Nelson Ocasio (3 years ago)
Thanks for the idea, i just made mine yesterday and it came out perfect. Happy Holidays Nelson
Chris Nisbett (3 years ago)
April, when applying the stain or finishing , are there any worries about the burned in areas smearing?
Ramazan çetin (3 years ago)
You are beautiful
yopasjim (3 years ago)
April, I am loving your channel! I made two of these this fall. I am taking them to a holiday bazaar in a couple of weeks! Thanks for sharing the idea. Keep up the great work! And you website is just as good...thank you!
bitterchild (3 years ago)
you're fun to watch with all your projects... like your shop
Nelson Ocasio (3 years ago)
I love this project, thanks for sharing.
Andy Martin (3 years ago)
@April Wilkerson When you were making and selling these in the beginning, how much were you charging for each?
Chris Baert (3 years ago)
+April Wilkerson If I was interested in purchasing one of these, where would I go?
Andy Martin (3 years ago)
Thanks April.
April Wilkerson (3 years ago)
I sold them for $60 each. The piece of wood is $9 so it was about $50 profit when I sold one.
Kang He (3 years ago)
你好棒。
wiseblissnp (3 years ago)
Thanks for your videos. Do you have any videos on how to choose tools?
Helder Santos (3 years ago)
você é linda... saudações brasileiras...
Annony Mouse (3 years ago)
If you were going to make a bunch of these I wonder if you could build a simple T-square jig to use with a trim router and just make your ruler marks by routing out say 1/16th of an inch and hand routing out your numbers to the same depth. Then hit all the recessed areas with a torch to char them and sand the surface clean, not sure if you would get the same clean lines that you have but might be faster for mass production.
Annony Mouse (3 years ago)
+April Wilkerson Under 4 hours? That's fast considering those little burn pens are so small. Love your videos, I find them entertaining and they motivate me to try my hand at some of the projects.
April Wilkerson (3 years ago)
I would suggest instead to have a template made from some metal so you could set it on top of the board then come through with a torch and burn everything in. Again, it might not be as clean, but it would be quick. I'm no longer making these, but when I was I got the time down to under 4 hours.
Francis Smeers (3 years ago)
bonjour je suis en admiration pour tout ce que vous fabriquer salut de la Belgique Francis
LYNN LEGAULT (3 years ago)
That is one good looking ruler/growth chart. Your video as inspired me I'll definitely will be making one
teckell (3 years ago)
Awesome video and project; I'm going to make one for my son soon.  Any suggestions/tips on how to mount this to the wall?  Thanks!
js1944 (3 years ago)
April  I really enjoy everything you do, I was wondering if you have tried using the Triton router I would like to get one so I was interested in your thoughts Thank, Jim
Muito bom sempre assisto seus vídeos e cada dia vamos aprendendo um pouquinho mais sobre a marcenaria
Richy (3 years ago)
Hi April,  I know this is a bit late but thought it was worth a mention.. I noticed ALL the rulers on you tube are marked in 12th's not 16th's. ???? why would you not have marked it out as a real ruler in 8th's or 16th's?  just a comment but seems odd to me........I enjoy your videos a lot.. keep up the great work..Thumbs up!
Ron Smith (3 years ago)
+Richy I would assume because there are 12 inches in a foot - One would say "LeBron James is 6 feet 8 inches tall," not "Lebron James is 6 and two-thirds feet tall."
April Wilkerson (3 years ago)
I think if you were to mark down to the 16th it would look way too crowded and but would also be unnecessary. However, if you make a ruler you can make it anyway you prefer, I'm just showing you my method. Glad you enjoy the videos.
Loops P (3 years ago)
Make a template for that . It will take a bit of time the first time, but later its really fast and you can burn with the metal template on the wood.  You can also check on a local CNC guy and see if they will make you one..
Marcus Montgomery (3 years ago)
where did you buy your number from?
Pete Kuhns (3 years ago)
Love it!
mountainhike100 (3 years ago)
Really a great job,will have to bookmark this one.My son and his wife was talking about have a child maybe next year.It also gives me time to try a couple out before then.Thank you again.
rnunes350z (3 years ago)
Super cool.. my wife will love it.
NSResponder (3 years ago)
Looks awfully tedious to do that with such a tiny little wood burning iron.   -jcr
kozaka1971 (3 years ago)
i love the out takes don't stop
Samtagri (3 years ago)
This is awesome!! Nice job on the numbers.
NGinuity (3 years ago)
You keep amazing me.  I had planned to get my wife something bought for mothers day and she started talking about how she eventually wanted to get a growth chart for our daughter.  I've got a day and a half.  She's getting this for Mothers Day on Sunday.
papaike2 (3 years ago)
Pretty slick April I like and will more then likely make one too.
sezar650 sezar650 (3 years ago)
wonderful
Matt Allen (3 years ago)
This is a smashing idea! I've been dying to use up some surplus boards ... now I just have to find my working soldering iron! Thank you April for yet another wonderfully practical video :o)
Seu trabalho é 10. Por isso vejo todos.
Tony Bennett (3 years ago)
wow another great simple idea .. iv'e never seen a soldering iron used to burn wood before .. love it !!
Carlos Chinchilla (3 years ago)
Thanks!!  Awesome work Huges from Guatemala!!!
Walter Rider (3 years ago)
yup your a clever girl keep up the good work
Dusty LeBlanc (3 years ago)
Great project! That idea would be cool to put on wings of a miter saw stand to easily rough cut lumber.
Manuel Acosta (3 years ago)
Beautiful girl, and awesome projects you create, I have been looking for several projects that can help me, I watched you youtube channel, Congratulatios April regards from Mexico :)
Pitt Mania (4 years ago)
I can't tell you how perfect the timing was on finding this project.  My son's one year birthday is coming up and I was in the process of making one with scrap pallet wood.  I was clueless on the layout and numbers, Just had a basic idea of what I wanted to do.  Spent a couple hours making it yesterday and surprised the wife.  It was a big hit.  Can't wait to mark it up. Don't say that often about finished projects.  Thank you!!!
April Wilkerson (4 years ago)
: ) Haha, that's awesome. I'm glad it was helpful.
SabrinasTVTube (4 years ago)
I was super ecstatic to have finished my first wood project today! A wine rack for hubby for Valentines Day! Im already looking forward to creating something similar like this growth chart for my 18 months old! Thanks for the tips and help with knowing where the measurements go I wasn't quite sure where to start! :)
raymond bailey (4 years ago)
really cool idea
April Wilkerson (4 years ago)
: ) I'm seeing all your comments come through. Glad you are liking my projects.
Cástor Álvarez (4 years ago)
cool April!
Zac Higgins (4 years ago)
Thank you for posting this project April. I just got a customer asking for one of these and I was desperately searching for a way out of having to rout a thousand lines!  I haven't done any wood burning yet, this is the perfect introduction to it.
Zac Higgins (4 years ago)
+April Wilkerson Thanks for the tip! Still waiting to get the go ahead from her, but I'll let you know how it goes.
April Wilkerson (4 years ago)
Well I'm glad you found it. I would recommend practicing first because it did take a second (on my first go) to get it down where it looked nice. The trick is to make sure the iron is really hot so you don't have to push down too hard, but just glide over the surface. When it isn't burning evenly anymore, give it about 30 secs or so to heat back up. 
Charlie Wood (4 years ago)
IM going to have to try love the project when I first saw the vid I thought your pretty tall but minus 6in PS keep making vids and I will keep watching thank you very much from pa.
Gregory Porpora (4 years ago)
I couldn't get an even look when I burned the  numbers and lines. There were bumps in the wood that had little valleys  that burned lighter than the top of the bump it fhat makes sense.
Gregory Porpora (4 years ago)
+April Wilkerson Did that. I sanded before burning. 
April Wilkerson (4 years ago)
Next time, try and sand the piece of wood before laying out your marks. That will help get rid of the imperfections and give you a smoother surface to work on. 
Dan Dorsey (4 years ago)
Awesome project! I will definitely make this. Will be a great gift idea too!
Jean-Francois Langevin (4 years ago)
Freakin' awesome! My girlfriend and I were just about to start marking our wall when I found your tutorial. Coincidence!  Off to the store we go! Thanks April!
Wood For Thought (4 years ago)
What an excellent project!  The kids and I are making this as a Christmas gift for my wife.
p2dnoy (4 years ago)
how charming u r!!!!!! kisss
Mike Beckett (4 years ago)
Wish I had your steady hand with the burning iron.
April Wilkerson (4 years ago)
It just takes a little practice. Grab a scrap piece and play with it some before you try it on your keeper piece. 
Lamarsouille (4 years ago)
Great idea but with the internationnal metric system, it could be better.
Lamarsouille (4 years ago)
+April Wilkerson I know that. But from lot of country, your feet, inch, ear, and  cat's tail of the imperial system do not mean anything. And if i like very much look a video, yours and other like mathias wandel or others youtube uploaders, lot of them take time to give sizes in both system. It is in that it could be better. If i tell you i am 1,87 m tall, it would probably hard for you to imagine if i am big or small, and if i add 1,87 m (6,14 ft) that will talk to you imediatly. Once again i realy like your project (this one and some others), and i 'll probably do one for each of my daughters. But if you could "translate" your size's indications, it should be easier to understand. excuse my English mistakes. Stephane (France).
April Wilkerson (4 years ago)
Since we do not use the metric system here it would be silly to give my friend a metric ruler. However, I did have somebody make one using the metric system and a picture of it is posted on my blog. 
Dale Hunt (4 years ago)
Curious ..... how and where would you mount the hanging hardware?
Mike K (4 years ago)
Great idea, April.    I'm going to make one for Christmas for my little granddaughter April.   I have a lot more graphics work to do because April's has to be in both inches and centimetres.   (Inches on one side like yours,  and centimetres on the other side).    We have the one we drew for April's dad Alistair on a piece of the wall we rescued from a renovation and I'm making a hardwood box for it to stand in a corner of a room.  Thanks for the idea - it looks splendid. 
Tim Davey (4 years ago)
You're BEAUTIFUL, and you work with wood--will you marry me??
Eric Lindberg (4 years ago)
That's a really cool idea!
bradkrit (4 years ago)
Would it be possible to transfer the number templates to some sacrificial piece of paperboard and use a propane torch to burn them on more quickly? I have a similar project coming up. Thanks!
bradkrit (4 years ago)
+April Wilkerson Confirmed, doesn't work. Takes quite a bit of heat to scorch the wood and any materials I tried (plastic, paper, tape) all melted or lit on fire before the wood took the image. I had to use spray paint since I don't have a wood burner.
April Wilkerson (4 years ago)
I have no idea. You could always try it out!
Eric Corse (4 years ago)
Wow that turned out great. That wood burning is the cat's meow, haven't though about one since about 1962, great idea that looks professional.

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