|Project by Grondor||posted 12-10-2011 07:22 AM||987 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
This is a rattle I turned for my step daughter, that also happens to look like a princess’ scepter (which is very fitting ;)). The whole thing is made from a single piece of wood, no glue or anything like that, I made captured rings for the rattle part. I’ve had some minor luck making rings just using a skew, but I decided to make some miniature “round nose scrapers” using some cheap hook-picks from Harbor Freight—worked like a charm! The heart on top started off as a turned apple-shape, then I cut, filed and sanded the sides down to get the heard shape.
In order to keep it non-toxic in case she decides to chew on it I used maple and mineral oil, nothing more, nothing less. I couldn’t find a large enough piece of pear or cherry to use for it, or even walnut, but this figured maple came out looking pretty good (in my humble opinion).
Fun project, highly recommended for anyone with a kid … or a lathe. ;)