|Project by MrFid||posted 134 days ago||444 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
One of my coworkers is going to become a father for the first time in the next week or two, and we have worked together for a while now (hey, 5 years is a while to work with someone to us millennials!) and become quite close.
I made this rattle from hard maple, and it was exciting for me to turn a ring (two!). This was my first time turning a captured ring on something, and they both went great! I don’t have a tool specifically for that, so I sort of reached my 1/8 inch parting tool in at an angle from both sides behind the pronounced bead which became the rings. Side note: Be sure to fully sand the rings before you cut them off from the main turning. I remembered to do this, fortunately. This reaching in with parting tool technique worked quite well, but I was left with an awkward shape on the inside of the ring, which I didn’t know what to do with to make it smooth in there.
After letting it brew in my head for a night, I got an idea. I sprayed the back of a piece of P60 sandpaper with spray adhesive and wrapped it around the center bar of the rattle. Then, when I turned on my lathe, I was able to sand out the inside very quickly. I went through a few more grits, but I didn’t go as high as the rest of the project due to the inside of the rings being relatively out of the way.
I finished this turning with vegetable oil, as I knew it was baby safe. I think it looks great with just the oil on it. I was glad to give it to my coworker, and I am excited for his son to be born.
-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.