Out of the scrap pile and into a gift #10: Rattles and custom storage box (drawing included)

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Blog entry by sras posted 01-22-2018 06:05 PM 2336 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just posted my rattles & box project and then I remembered I took enough build pictures for a blog post. So, here it is.

The fun thing about this project is that it requires very little materials.

There are three blanks cut from bird’s eye maple. I ended up cutting the middle one a little thin so I added a veneer of mahogany to each side. The caps have recesses formed by a 1” core box bit in a drill press.

The caps are cut to length.

Next caps are glued to ONE side.

Add dried beans to each cavity. I made a note on each blank so I didn’t forget! Notice the marks to create the handle. You can see that the recesses are cut undersized to allow for mismatch (both in glue up and turning).

Lop off the corners and cut the handle out.

Put each one on the lathe. Check the location and size of the large diameter – you don’t want to cut through. On the other hand, thinner walls allows for better sound.

Final shapes.

Now, on to the box. Again, this box is based on the palm box design by Andy. The box is sized to fit the rattles. This first image shows the pieces that fit under the lid. A careful observer will notice that I added a shaped floor to make the box more of a custom fit. I should have cut the channels into the floor at this step.

Checking the fit.

Adding the lid.

And then the sides. The sides have already been sanded to match the front half (after glue up).

The top is sanded to fit and taped in place for final shaping. No pictures of that – sorry.

Brass rod is cut to create the hinge pins and the back of the lid is shaped to allow it to open.

Final shape.

Here is a shot of my “photo booth” setup.

Here is a copy of the drawing I used. I turned the large diameters at least 1/4” larger than the holes (1/8” per side).

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 01-22-2018 08:09 PM



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#2 posted 01-22-2018 09:48 PM

Thanks, Steve.

I think I have that same photo booth!

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#3 posted 01-22-2018 10:59 PM

Thanks guys -

Lew - First time I’ve taken the trouble to set one up. Was pretty easy and the pictures are much better!

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#4 posted 01-23-2018 12:29 AM

Nice project and HowTo!
Now what’s going to happen if the seeds get wet? LOL
Will you plant the rattle or rattle the plant?

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#5 posted 01-23-2018 08:59 AM

Looks like a fun project

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