Gnomon

It has been brought to my attention by one of my followers that I might serve my readers well by displaying (in situ) some device that will explain how large the object I’m photographing is, for reference.

According to Wikipedia, a gnomon is: Gnomon (γνώμων) is an ancient Greek word meaning “indicator”, “one who discerns,” or “that which reveals.”   Sounds like it will fit the bill as something designed to give you an idea of what the scale and size of an object is.

Stephen Shepherd famously uses this on his Full Chisel Blog, a well made block of two different colored woods in one inch increments.

Kari Hultman, the Village Carpenter, made one sort of like Stephen’s design, then upped the ante by making a box to store it in!

I then took it a step further

No, wait.  No I didn’t.  I went backwards and did it my way.  Meh, it’s how I roll.

That is, take a piece of 1.5″ oak, rip it to 1″ and plane it true.  Then use the marking gauge to slice 1″ blocks on the face.  Then use a stain pen (gasp) to color the alternating blocks.  Then let it dry.  This is what you get:IMAG2985

Done.

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About Marcus Richardson

Marcus attended the University of Delaware and later graduated from law school at the age of 26. Since then, he has at times been employed (or not) as: a stock boy, a cashier, a department manager at a home furnishing store, an assistant manager at and arts and crafts store, an unemployed handyman, husband, cook, groundskeeper, spider killer extraordinaire, stay at home dad, and a writer.
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