Every order starts the same, picking out the perfect piece of wood. This step can often be the longest part of the project! Once you place your order often times I will head to my local Home Depot store and spend up to an hour searching through all their wood to find the piece(s) that I need for your project. This is when it comes in handy to have my husband with me so he can hold the reject pile as I dig around.
Once I have found the piece I need I can get it home to start, for this blog I’ll use the Growth Charts for the process. With every piece of straight lumber I cut the ends off to give myself a nice clean cut to work with, then I can measure the length needed for each ruler. I start using my large t-square and make notches every inch, then I use my speed square to extend each line to varying lengths. Once the lines are traced I can start routering each line out, to get nice straight lines I clamp my t-square to the board. It may be a tedious process but it ensures nice straight lines!
Once all the lines are routered I can add the numbers for each foot, if the client requested names or a saying down the side now is the time I tackle both of those. Again I line everything up so it gives the growth chart a nice cohesive look. Once everything has been routered out I can start spray painting the piece.
Once the spray paint has had a chance to dry I can start the sanding process, by far the most tedious part of the piece. I start by using a 60 grit to get most of the excess paint off working my way up to at least 320, sometimes up to 400. After everything is sanded smooth I can begin the finishing stages, I start with using the stain the client picked out. After leaving it for several hours I will apply a sealer, giving it a nice finish. Lastly I add a hanging device to the back so it can be displayed for years to come.