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Thread: Help for Unruly Rulers

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    Help for Unruly Rulers

    I have tried using several different things to keep my rulers in a safe, organized place…to no avail. It seems like the one I need is always the one that is AWOL so I decided to do something about it. I was inspired by one I saw posted on this board a week or so ago so I headed to Lowe’s for some supplies…total purchase: about $8. I had some spray paint on hand and a piece of very thin plywood. With supplies in hand, I invaded my DH’s workshop. I only needed a saw (almost any kind will do) and some clamps. This is what I came up with.
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    Well, good for you, I love the color, and looks like you did a nice job, it is tough to wrangle those rulers, esp when you have a lot of them!
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    Cool idea! Love it!
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    Aren't you clever? What a great ruler corral - and very attractive too!

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    Great idea and wonderful job.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    Very good idea, thanks for sharing
    Have a Blessed day
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    Smart woman there!

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    Excellent job! Wonderfully creative and so very handy.

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    This looks great. My biggest problem with ruler storage is where to put something. It takes up a pretty large piece of flat or table top "real estate."

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    Yes! That's perfect. You are so clever. Good job!
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    Great idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dilyn View Post
    I have tried using several different things to keep my rulers in a safe, organized place…to no avail. It seems like the one I need is always the one that is AWOL so I decided to do something about it. I was inspired by one I saw posted on this board a week or so ago so I headed to Lowe’s for some supplies…total purchase: about $8. I had some spray paint on hand and a piece of very thin plywood. With supplies in hand, I invaded my DH’s workshop. I only needed a saw (almost any kind will do) and some clamps. This is what I came up with.
    Thank you I to need to do something with mine,but my family know not to touch my rulers or fabric scissors.They will pay dearly if they do.

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    Very nice. I need better ruler storage and this is a great idea!
    Kathleen, a lass with a bit of the Irish in her blood and a whole lot of Irish in her heart

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    Very nice great job!!

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    Wow thats nice
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    Very cool organizer for your cutting table, you not only organized the rulers but all that little stuff that wanders around on your table.
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    Nice design. I used an office file folder organizer that was higher in the back than the front and it hold all my rulers in a small space to the left of my cutting area on the table...a previously unused space/mess. Glad you could wrangle yours into such a neat and tidy contraption.......good going...

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    You did a great job and idea of putting trays in the front is thoughtful.
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    You are an awesome designer!

    I too have a gazillion rulers and came up with a solution to organize them... my friend's hubby made me a 24" x 16" peg board to hang on my wall. Many rulers have large holes and hang just fine on the pegboard hooks. For the ones that have small holes, I make thread "loops" that will hang on the hooks. I also like to use the large black binder clips. They are strong enough to grip the rulers securely, and then the top part can hang on the pegboard hooks. I also use the binder clip method for hanging up my quilting stencils.
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    How clever you are. I don't think I could do that. That's a lot of work. You are amazing!!!!
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    Way cool, I love the color and the different areas for the rotary cutters. If I wasn't afraid of power tools......
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    I don't understand (I need more infor, don't know how to work with wood) how you make the slots. Can you explain? I know you put pictures, but I don't see or understand how you made the slots between the pieces of wood. Help me!!?
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    How did you make the space between the wood (the slots)? Can you explain it like you are talking to a 9 year old? I know nothing about making anything with wood. But I do know how to quilt so I'm not totally incapable of learning. I just don't get it and I really want to make one. Yours is so nice. I love it. I would love to hang it on the wall. Thank you, Jeanne
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    Very inventive!

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    Great idea and project! I paid $24 for a board with slits cut into it and then found that some of my rulers are too thick. (Hint - be careful what you buy at quilt shows.) Yours is SOOOOO much nicer.
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