Instead of spray painting numbers on using a stencil, I use custom vinyl lettering like you see on so many cars and trucks. Using this medium I can also put on more than just numbers like; Watch Us Grow, Love Grows Here, Our Growing Family, As Love Grows, Loved Beyond Measure and so on.

My wonderful grand kids

I made a jig for my router to cut the indentations for the inch and foot marks.

Then a few coats of clear polyurethane to finish the project with "No Gaps"

After they are glued and screwed together I cut plugs to cover the screw holes.

A gear driven candy dispenser

For the final touch I use my oscillating spindle sander to smooth everything out.

I sand the edges of the teeth with a belt sander.

Cutting all the pieces out.

First I make a drawing and then glue it into the board and drill the holes.

I us a drum sander to sand off the glued on paper pattern. 

You can take it with you if you move and give it to the kids for there children.

Following the lines I cut out the gear teeth with a bandsaw

I made a jig for the router to cut the legs at the proper angle.

It's as easy to make a dozen as it is to make one once the tooling is set up.

Children's Growth Rulers

Building foot stools

             Making Gears 

 Before I bought my new CNC machine.