Poplar cage-type baby rattle

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Project by delturcious posted 06-27-2011 01:32 AM 1814 views 10 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine recently added a baby girl to his family, and I wanted to make a little something to send his way. This is based on a plan I found in an old project book, but I used the gear generator from to make the layout template for the holes. You could also do it with a compass and protractor, but that’s much more time consuming. Endcaps are circles cut using the table saw sled method, and the rods are simple 5/16 dowels. Don’t forget to taper the pins, otherwise the 2nd endcap is REALLY hard to get on! It probably would have held together fine without the glue since the holes were so tight.

This project is left unfinished since it will probably be gnawed on at some point.

-- Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.

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#1 posted 06-27-2011 03:43 PM


I think it was a wise idea to glue it together. Can’t be too careful.

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#2 posted 07-03-2011 05:01 AM

Wouldn’t coating it in mineral oil or shellac make it easier to clean and less likely to absorb any drool it may come in contact with?

I really like this idea, a buddy of mine has a wee one I just may copy this for. Thanks for posting this.

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#3 posted 11-19-2011 08:21 PM

Thanks for the inspiration. I made a few for Christmas this year.
Click for details: P006: Baby Cage Rattle

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