Rattles and toys for grand baby on the way

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Project by KimAccurso posted 04-13-2018 10:59 PM 973 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I learned of my step daughters baby shower being scheduled, I knew I wanted to do something special – not just order her something from her registry list. Sooo…...I did a little searching, researching and here is what I came up with. Thank you to Steve for this inspiration for the rattles!!! I drilled with a forester bit through the maple and half way through the various outer sections of the rattles and added dried beans inside – they rattle beautifully. The small rattle is maple and teak, medium is maple and cherry and large is maple, walnut, cherry and purple heart (leftovers from a cutting board!). The toys are either maple or cherry, with oak for the dowel. I cut each out on the bandsaw then used both the belt sander and drum sander to shape. Then sanded everything by hand. (quite therapeutic as I giggled to myself thinking of a baby playing with good old fashioned wooden toys from Grandma!) I did buy the wooden beads at Hobby Lobby because I don’t have a lathe but I sanded them down to get any finish off they may have, had to redrill them to fit 1/4” dowel. All are finished with several coats of organic beeswax and olive oil. I sanded each all the way through to 1000 grit, wet them down to raise the grain and sanded again with 1000 grit. They ended up as smooth as can be. I told my grandpa about them and he was a little confused and I said, “well, Grandpa, what were YOUR toys made from?”, he laughed out loud. I’ve also got a box to contain them all – am finishing it up and will post it soon. Better get busy tonight because the shower is tomorrow!
Hope you all like and thanks for looking! Always appreciate critiques and comments. I have found much inspiration from many lumberjocks for this and future toys :)

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#1 posted 04-13-2018 11:07 PM

Cool toys for the new arrival!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 04-13-2018 11:23 PM

Way to go Grandma. The rattler looks like a winner. Congratulations on a job well done and the new grand baby coming soon.


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#3 posted 04-14-2018 12:18 AM

Impressive toys for the little one. I’m sure they will be loved being from their Grandma.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 04-14-2018 01:27 AM


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 04-14-2018 02:27 AM

Very Nice & Well Done Kim! Kids will Love them

-- (Rick S.)... "Don't Worry About What People Think! They Don't Do It Very Often Anyway!"

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#6 posted 04-14-2018 07:09 AM

Those will be a real fun to young babay.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 04-14-2018 01:14 PM

I like all f them, wish my grandchildren where still babies, now they need growen up toys.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 04-14-2018 07:01 PM

You should start an online class teaching others how to make those beautiful baby toys. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#9 posted 04-14-2018 09:15 PM

Thank you for your compliments, guys! Went to the shower, they were a hit, my step daughter loved them and I have orders from a sister-in-law because she just knows she will be having more grand babies in the future. Says she can just see little teeth marks on them handed down through generations. And Joe, they are really a piece of cake if you have a little creativity, a drill press and a bandsaw – and some advil for the arthritis in your fingers to handle all the sanding….and sanding….and sanding…. :)))

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#10 posted 04-15-2018 12:28 PM

They are beautiful!

-- Lets make some sawdust. Tom

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#11 posted 04-16-2018 03:32 AM

Very nice! I’m glad you found my blog helpful. The rattles and toys look great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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