First we stained the board and let it dry twice, Then kevin measured off every inch for me. Later I filled out the lined with paint pen making the "quarter lines" 3 inches and the "eighth lines" 2 inches. Once the board was sealed and dried I placed the numbers at each foot mark. This is the fourth ruler we have made. (the first with the metal numbers) In the future I think I might replace the metal numbers with some stenciled or painted on ones, I am just not sold on the way it looks with metal numbers.