Turned baby rattle

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Project by Jacob posted 12-15-2007 10:23 PM 2157 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My brother and his wife are having there first child this week. I wanted to see if I could make a rattle on the lathe. I’ve seen some stuff on turning them and thought I would give it a shot. This is my first attempt. It is a little rough. Any ideas or suggestions for the next one I turn would help.

It is 3 pieces of scrap 3/4 cherry glued up. I do not have one of those fancy ring cutting tools so I just got it as close as I could with a skew and then released the ring with an awl.

-- Jacob

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#1 posted 12-16-2007 03:53 AM

looks quite good to me jacob id call it a success !

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#2 posted 12-16-2007 05:19 AM

I have never seen a baby rattle like this, however the baby will be a step ahead of me when it receives this. To me it looks like a “round-to-it”, you could make a fortune selling them, all my projects would be complete if only I could get a “round-to-it. I don’t have a lathe yet so name your price.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#3 posted 12-16-2007 06:32 AM

Looks good to me Jacob. I don’t see anything on it that a could come loose and be swallowed by a baby. Congratulations on you new Nephew/Niece – what a Christmas Gift for your family.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 12-16-2007 07:07 AM

Great gift. A nice design and looks safe if whacking mom or dad on the head is eliminated.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 01-11-2008 04:41 AM

It is a good first try.

i can not tell the size from the picture. If the wide end fits inside the carboard center of a tolit paper roll it is to small to give to the baby. The official government gauge is a fraction larger. The best finish is mineral oil or walnut oil. Any finish after it has dried for 30 days is safe but mothers are strange. If they buy a rattle in the store they asume any finish is oK but if it is handcrafted they asume the worst. They will accept mineral oil and walnut oil.
Sand it well and round all sharp edges. I have made and sold several hundred of these so I know what I am talking about. If you can, start with a solid piece of wood. Mothers do not like the sound of “glue” on anthing that is going near a babies mouth. If I can find a picture I will post it. I made my first ring tool from an old screwdriver using the edge of the grinding wheel.


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#6 posted 01-11-2008 04:55 AM

That is really neat. That is one of those handmade gifts which will be appreciated in the family for generations. Do you ever notice how the more high-tech or fancy a children’s toy is, the less sentimental value it seems to have in the long run? It’s the simple, traditional toys which people seem to remember. It’s a beautiful, simple, unique, handmade baby rattle. You can guarantee there’s no lead paint on it too. Nice job.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 01-11-2008 06:19 AM

“The best finish is mineral oil or walnut oil”

Mineral oil is ok, but I’d stay away from walnut oil. You never know if the baby may be allergic to tree nuts.


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