Ruler and Yardstick Projects
A striking alternative to traditional beaded board, wainscoting fashioned from yardsticks offers one-of-a-kind architectural charm. Use 1-inch medium density fiberboard or desired wood for vertical stiles, cap, and base. We cut our base to 6 inches wide and nailed it in place. Next we trimmed and sanded all yardsticks to the exact same length, and cut our 4-inch-wide vertical stiles to that length as well. Then we nailed 12–14 yardsticks to the wall above the baseboard, followed by a vertical stile, then more yardsticks, vertical stile, and so on. To finish, we topped with a 4-inch horizontal board, then a 1x2-inch cap. Varnish if desired.
TIP: Depending on condition and character, expect to pay $1–$4 each for yardsticks at flea markets and antiques stores. Or snatch large lots on ebay.com and pay less per stick.
This table topper is sure to spark conversation. We used a planer to ensure our yardsticks were all the same thickness. If you don’t have access to a planer, select yardsticks that are the same thickness. We secured the sticks to the top of a purchased table with wood glue, letting the sticks overhang the edges and securing with clamps until dry. We used a router to trim the sticks flush with the table edge, and then sanded smooth. If desired, top with a clear sealer.
On the Shelf
We used yardsticks to dress up a plain shelf. We cut a piece of plywood the length of the shelf by about 10 inches wide, then cut and attached yardstick pieces to it using wood glue and staggering the bottom edges. After clamping and letting dry, we secured coat hooks to the board and screwed the shelf on top of the board. We were able to use the shelf hardware to hang, but you could attach new hangers to the back of the board if needed.
Yardstick Desk Accessories
Fashion modern office supplies with vintage personality using yardsticks. To make the clipboard, remove the clip from a purchased clipboard by drilling out the rivets. Cut yardsticks into approximate lengths to cover the clipboard, then use wood glue to secure them to the board. Clamp and let dry. Trim excess yardstick from the edges using a router. Use screws to reattach the clip.
Go to the next slides to see how to make the vase and pencil cup.
For the petite vase, we cut a yardstick into 3-inch lengths and used Gorilla Glue to secure the pieces around a small almond tin. A rubber band kept the sticks in place while the glue dried.
Get out your power tools and sewing supplies to make this cute pencil cup in four easy steps.