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Project by dgom posted 12-29-2013 10:23 PM 1407 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A turned rattle from birch for my sister in laws newborn boy named Elis. The rattle is treated with boiled linseed oil only, since I believe that the rattle will end up in the little boys mouth eventually…
A detail is the painted happy face on the top which hopefully will attract the little ones interest.

No fancy tool is needed to make the captive rings. I just reformed an old rusty file and made a 2-in-1 tool:





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jaykaypur

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#1 posted 12-29-2013 11:14 PM

Now that is a neat little toy rattle! Looks easy to make. Thanks …..this is a great idea for gifts.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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thesoninlaw

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#2 posted 12-30-2013 12:12 AM

Be sure to research the particular linseed oil that you will be using—some contain cobalt and are toxic because of it. If it does not explicitly that it is food-safe, don’t use it.

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KENVO

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#3 posted 12-31-2013 06:03 AM

Nice job on the rattle. I’m making a few rattles for some friend and family who are expecting. I’d love to make one like this but I think it’s still a little above my skill level, or at very least tool level (cheap chisels).

-- Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.-- Jerry Garcia

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NoSlivers

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#4 posted 12-31-2013 03:57 PM

How was the vibration with your reformed file? I’ve been entertaining a similar notion with old planer blades but I think I’ll be putting handles on them.

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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dgom

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#5 posted 12-31-2013 04:39 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments!

@thesoninlaw: The linseed oil I used was locally made by a farmer and the flax was organically grown. The farmer even told me that he had customers that daily drink a spoon of the oil. Actually I just went and looked at the bottle and the label said it contained raw unboiled linseed oil…, my error.

@NoSlivers: I didn’t notice any vibrations, however I held the tool in a very steady grip. I think that the trick is to make the tool so that the cutting part is close in line with the centre line of the file. I researched different commercial variants of captive ring tools before I made mine.

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