Introduction: Rustic Snow Depth Gauge

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If you ever woke up in the morning to look outside and see a blanket of snow all over your deck. Thinking, I wonder how much snow we got. But I don't feel like going outside to measuring it. Now just look out your window and look at the snow gauge attached to any wooden surface. I made this with just scrap wood that I had laying around. I apologize that in the photos I ended up using two different fonts and colors. I had my laptop stolen last week and I created this using my new smart phone which I am still getting used to.


1" x 6" x 24" pine board

galvanized screws

wood glue


black sharpie

Step 1: Cutting Boards

I took an old 1" x 6" x 24" board and put it through my table saw to clean up the edges. After that I then cut one board at 13" in length and another at 9 1/4". I then sanded both boards using my orbital sander.

Step 2: Attaching the 2 Boards

Next I used my pocket hole jig to make pocket holes. Then I used wood glue and pocket hole screws to attach boards together

Step 3: Adding Numbers and Lines

I then took a tape measure and marked 1" through 12" on board. Then using a black sharpie I wrote the numbers and line marks.

Step 4: Polyurethane

I then applied two coats of polyurethane to protect it from the elements.

Step 5: Attach to Railing

Then I used 4 galvanized screws to attach it to railing.

Step 6: FINISHED!!!!

Hope this helps you out on figuring out how much snow you got during those long winter months. ENJOY

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