Baby Rattles

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Project by SteveM posted 03-25-2008 03:39 AM 2033 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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These are copies of the Nick Cook baby rattle. The neat part, and it doesn’t show on the photo, is that the rattle is turned from two pieces of maple that have been hollowed out, dried beans inserted and then glued together. Result is what looks to be one piece of wood that rattles. Depending on the person asking ‘how?’ a reply to some is that the wood is the very rare “bean maple” and finding some is very difficult.

These are easy to turn, meet US federal standards for size, and can be personalized with the name and birth date of the newborn.

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#1 posted 03-25-2008 03:48 AM

wow those are cool. i bet any baby would love to get their hands on those. great job!

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#2 posted 03-25-2008 04:24 AM

Very nice. And thanks for the construction notes as well.

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#3 posted 03-25-2008 02:48 PM

That is really cool. What a neat idea, Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 06-10-2008 02:36 AM

Nifty. Where did you find 1” stock though? Or did you get 2” stock and cut it down?

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#5 posted 06-10-2008 03:08 AM

What is the standard for size?

-- The only easy wood project is a fire

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