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Project by Gerben posted 419 days ago 1242 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some people were organizing a kids activity week, and they needed like 250 instruments. So I did my part, and made them some noise makers, or “Ratelaars” as we call them. I don’t think people will be able to hear anything else, over these very loud instruments.

I got the idea from WWMM. The difficult part was figuring out an efficient way of making a lot of them, without spending to much time. Also trying to keep the costs down.
I didn’t apply any finish. They are definitely not my prettiest work, but my guess is that most of them end up in the garbage after a few day anyways. If not by the kids, than by the parents getting crazy from the loud noise.





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robscastle

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#1 posted 419 days ago

Gerben,

I am glad I don’t live next to you!!
That Steve would be getting what for from me as a result I tell you!

Anyway nice work good to see you have contributed to community activities what would/will we do when there are no more WW skills left just “geeks” running machines (no offence intended to those fortunate enough to have fully automated WW tools)

-- Regards Robert

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robscastle

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#2 posted 419 days ago

Just a follow up,

How did you make them I had a look and they are very neat even without any finish

-- Regards Robert

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Dutchy

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#3 posted 418 days ago

Goedendag Gerben,

Mooie ratelaars. Can you tell me how its made?

(I think your dutch is oke) :)

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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Gerben

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#4 posted 418 days ago

Thank you for your comments.

The original idea can be found here: http://www.woodworkingformeremortals.com/2010/12/make-really-loud-noisemaker.html

I just took some strips of wood. Made a groove on both sides, using the router. I don’t have a router-table, so I had to mark on both sides from where to where I needed to route. On a router table you could just use stop blocks.

Next I used a scrollsaw to make the space for the wheel/gear. And also to saw the thin part, so only the end is still attached.

For the wheel/gear I tried a few different ways of making them. First I was just making drill holes in a circle, and the cut in between the wheels to release it. This kind of worked, but I had a lot of chip-outs. Not very pretty, and request a lot of sanding. And I think we all feel the same way about sanding. I tries this method on ply and solid wood. Hardwood probably wouldn’t have this problem, but that made it too expensive.
So in the end I got a round stick with the correct diameter. I used to tablesaw to make some grooves all around. I then used a chisel to make the groves a bit wider, and more round. Next some course sandpaper. I then cut slices of the stick on the table saw. The wheels/gears weren’t very symmetrical, but they worked just fine, and didn’t require a lot of time to make.

Next put a hole in the middle of the wheel (I just a jig for that). And make a hole in the body. Put a dowel-rod through both. I attached the wheel to the dowel, by putting a nail through the wheel.

I put a bigger diameter dowel over the smaller dowel for the handle.

All that times 21.

PS @Dutchy; nederlands is prima.

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Dutchy

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#5 posted 418 days ago

Hello Gerben,

Thank you for such a nice how to. Maybe I will make a couple in the future. I made this item to one of my favorites
In what area you are living?

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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MarkTheFiddler

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#6 posted 418 days ago

Hey Gerben, this is an unexpected treat! I’m really happy you shared them and they look great to me.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Gerben

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#7 posted 418 days ago

@Dutchy
Vlak bij Den Bosch

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