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Project by MrFid posted 134 days ago 444 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.





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Grumpymike

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#1 posted 134 days ago

This is how a wood turner shows off … nice job

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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oldrivers

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#2 posted 134 days ago

What a great Idea, such a great work in turning and finishing this toy for the expected baby,such a good expression of love and friendship to the family. Thanks for sharing and may your day be blessed. O’Neal

-- LAUS DEO!

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Thermaloy_Jnr

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#3 posted 134 days ago

Very nice work, matching captive rings I know are a challenge to perfect, they look excellent
The veg oil finish looks very even, didn’t know you could use it., handy tip that one.

-- Thermaloy_Jnr

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NedB

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#4 posted 128 days ago

Great job! fyi vegetable oil can go rancid over time. Mineral oil would work better.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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Fishinbo

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#5 posted 127 days ago

That’s one great baby gift. The captured rings look awesome with Maple. I’m sure your friend appreciates it. Great job!

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MrFid

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#6 posted 127 days ago

Thank you all for the comments! My wife liked it so much she’s having me make two more, one for our 1 year old son and one for another friend who is due soon.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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Dinger

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#7 posted 124 days ago

Love the rattle and love the idea! I haven’t tackled this project for my God-daughter yet, and that is what was holding me up. Great solution.

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

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