Baby Rattle

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Project by lrob posted 01-24-2012 07:25 PM 1808 views 9 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of the first turning projects I did with laminating wood pieces. These were small pieces I had around the shop. The core is made of birch and the sides are walnut. I cut out a piece of birch about 1/2” thick x 1 1/2” wide and 6” long. I drilled two 1/2” thru holes in about 1 1/2” from the ends with a forster bit. These will be the pockets for the three copper BBs in each end of the rattle. I then glue up the three pieces making sure the glue was well distributed, so they wouldn’t delaminate while turning. I let this set over night and then turned it on the lathe to a length of 5 1/2”. This is a good size for a little one to handle. The inner shaft is about a 1/2” in diameter. I finished up sanding with a 400 grit a paper to make it good and smooth. After removing from the lathe I trimmed and sanded both ends. I applied grape seed oil to the rattle three times to make sure the wood was protected and was ready for a little mouth. My grandson really likes his.

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#1 posted 01-24-2012 10:19 PM

very cool, simple, and can be passeed down.

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#2 posted 01-25-2012 04:48 AM

What a cool idea,very well done.

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#3 posted 01-25-2012 05:08 AM

Favorited, sweet design.

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#4 posted 02-06-2012 07:54 PM

What s great project! I love the idea taking pics throughout the entire construction stage. I have noticed that many LJ masters do the same. In the past. I only took my snaps when all was complete. I think you are turning me into a convert!

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#5 posted 02-19-2012 12:10 AM

What a great idea, that’s definetly going on my to do list for my new Grandson, thanks.

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#6 posted 09-03-2012 02:29 AM

well done

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