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Turned Baby Rattles from Ipê Deck Scraps

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Project by Randall Sly posted 04-29-2013 11:52 AM 623 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Turned Baby Rattles from Ipê Deck Scraps
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Turned baby rattles with captured rings
Wood – Ipê

A friend of mine had recently completed a rather large exterior deck project using Ipê, This wood is so dense that he felt he had to challenge me with an opportunity to turn it. The average cut-off was about 10” – 14” so I immediately made about 20 turning blanks but had no idea what to make out of them.

As it turns out (no pun intended) the wood turns nicely with sharp tools and I’ve since made about 15 captured ring baby rattles. Sanding to a high luster is also surprisingly easy and a non toxic natural oil buffed with a soft rag makes it safe for baby. Always a popular gift and it seems people just don’t stop breeding.

-- I could retire nicely if I could sell my experience for what it cost me.





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Randall Sly

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#1 posted 04-29-2013 11:54 AM

I wanted to add, Ipê makes great tool handles also.

-- I could retire nicely if I could sell my experience for what it cost me.

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49bill

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#2 posted 04-29-2013 12:43 PM

Great little turning project, I’m sure they make nice gifts for that special baby. Thanks for sharing!

-- Bill, Quitman, Georgia

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LesB

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#3 posted 04-30-2013 12:08 AM

Nice work cutting those rings free.
I want to alert you to the possibility of Ipe containing irritants and allergic materials. So be carefull giving it to infants who will put it in their mouth. Like nuts and honey which are great nutrition but they are not recommended for children until they are 2-3 years old.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Randall Sly

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#4 posted 04-30-2013 10:01 AM

Thank you Bill & Les,

My biggest fear has always been a child swallows a wooden ring. I caution every parent I’ve given one on the nature of captured/turned rings and their fragile weakness. At the risk of starting a debate on the toxicity of wood I want to assure everyone that I have researched the toxicity and possible irritants thoroughly and applied that acquired knowledge in the proper cleaning and finishing techniques. It’s not a porous or oily wood, a light cleaning with non toxic natural solvent and an olive oil finish and it’s as safe as any plastic toy. Obviously there are always exceptions and extremely sensitive individuals, and maybe it’s just luck, but I’ve had no issues as of yet.

As for the wood turner however, I highly recommend extreme caution with Ipê, simply put, Ipê does not cut! it’s like sanding with a gouge, it’s all dust! Heavy Yellow sweet smelling dust, I wear a respirator and goggles when turning it, a dust mask simply wont do! The dust is so fine it also stains the skin, if the wood turner was to have a reaction a doctor might even think they were jaundiced.

Cutting the rings free, that’s a lesson in denseness and patience for another day.

Thanks again for looking guys.

-- I could retire nicely if I could sell my experience for what it cost me.

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Fishinbo

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#5 posted 05-02-2013 01:13 PM

Lovely baby rattles! They are way better than the plastic ones. Great job!

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