|Project by Randall Sly||posted 04-29-2013 11:52 AM||691 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
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.