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



About Steven M. Vaught

A native son of Delaware, now living in Illinois, Steven is a writer, family historian, amateur astronomer, sometimes-gardener, woodworker, father to three wonderful children, husband to a wonderful wife, and caretaker of one cheeky vizsla.
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