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I hope this is the right section to post this in.

I'm making a growth chart for my daughter. Basically, it is going to be a board (1x6 or 1x8 probably) that looks like a giant ruler.

I am going to cut the ruler lines and numbers with my router and paint them. The rest of the board will be stained. I'm not sure whether it would be better to stain the entire board, and then cut and paint, or make the router cuts first. I think it makes sense to stain first, but I'm curious to hear your perspectives.

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I would make my cuts first, then stain the whole board, then highlight my cut marks in contrasting paint. Staining first would be OK but if you drag the router base or otherwise scratch the board while machining it, you would have to touch it up anyhow.
Good luck with your project! Show us some pics when you finish!
 
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