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HuntleyBill

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978 days ago

Are there any videos or tutorials on making teething rings? I plan on using a lathe and wondered about how you would make it round and still be able to mount it. Wht kind of jig…if any do you need for the lathe? Any special tools etc.

Sounds like it could be fun.

-- If you think you can, or think you can't...your right!


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rance

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#1 posted 978 days ago

I did a Google and found one on Amazon. “Waldorf Maple Teether Natural Teething Ring”. Then I Googled for “wooden teething ring”. Then click Images on the left. Scads and scads of them. Many are just a hunk of wood… just add slobber.

Many look like wooden bracelets, and then you have ones like this:

 

A lathe is not absolutely required. But with a lathe, you could simply turn half at a time, simply using double face tape to stick it to a wooden faceplate. Go to YouTube and look for vids on turning a bracelet. It is the exact same thing, except for the slobber part.

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HuntleyBill

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#2 posted 978 days ago

Well hello Rance…Merry Christmas. I was looking for for a way to mount it to the lathe. I have a 3 jaw chuck but as you get it round, it tends to slip off. I know people have made them and was curious if there was a better way to mount it.

yes, I googled it too but could not find much on HOW to turn them.

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Grandpa

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#3 posted 978 days ago

can you just get a piece of stock turned to the diameter you want then cut into the end like you would a vase? I think would could cut the rings on the outside then cut the bore. the remainder would requires some sanding on the ID to make it round. Either that or buy those above and tell them you made them….LOL those look like they have been sawed then routered out. Looks like it would be hard to hold. Maybe one of those small parts holders would be in order for a router.

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HuntleyBill

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#4 posted 978 days ago

Nope…no splinters…no choking.

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#5 posted 978 days ago

Okay…assuming this is not a joke (which I’m not entirely convinced of yet), why would anyone want to give a baby a chunk of wood to chew on? I guess I can believe this might have been common in the 1800s, when there just wasn’t anything else for babies to chew on. Sounds like a crazy idea in 2011. Guess I’d like to hear some valid arguments for letting kids chew on maple.

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HuntleyBill

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#6 posted 978 days ago

Well Andy…that is what I thought but it seems that with all the talk on the news about lead in toys , wooden toys are becoming much more popular. I asked the mothers in the neiborhood about it and to my surprise I got a lot of positive responses for wooden toys.

And as far as chewing on wood? Why not..babys chew on plastic! Baby’s chew on sticks, glass, dirt, dog poop…pillows, their feet, and anything else they can get into their mouths.

I’m reading up on this and so far I have read that if you use really hard woods, there shouldn’t be slivers. Maple as you suggested is too soft.

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ajosephg

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#7 posted 978 days ago

Seems like a good media for all kinds of germs to reproduce and grow.

-- Joe

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Barbara Gill

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#8 posted 978 days ago

Use a wood that will not split easily. I try to use burl or a wood with interlocking grain for bracelets. A split teething ring could be a choking hazard.

-- Barbara

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Howie

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#9 posted 977 days ago

I’d buy an 89 cent teething ring.

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ellen35

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#10 posted 977 days ago

As a pediatric nurse practitioner and a woodworker, I would NEVER give a baby a teething ring of wood. As Howie said above, an 89 cent rubber ring is perfect… or a frozen facecloth. This has to be a joke!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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muleskinner

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#11 posted 977 days ago

Those with concerns—- I think teething kids have been gumming chunks of wood with little negative affect for a very long time. A nicely polished chunk of maple would be far from the worst thing a toddler is going to put in their mouth.

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Bill White

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#12 posted 977 days ago

I wouldn’t TOUCH that project. No way! No how! Not! Never!
Bill

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ACP

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#13 posted 977 days ago

Walnut?? I wouldn’t if I were you…..

What about allergic reactions?

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rance

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#14 posted 977 days ago

As I recall, someone(maybe Degoose) posted that Walnut cutting boards actually fend off bacteria within a few minutes of cutting stuff on it. I may have to go back and look for this.

Chewing on Wood is Good. If you don’t believe me, then STOP USING TOOTHPICKS. :) And that goes for PENCILS too. Stop putting those in your mouth too. Yeah right.

Edit: Maybe we could get a petetion to get toothpicks banned from restaraunts. :D Oh, and wooden spoons too. :DD

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HuntleyBill

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#15 posted 977 days ago

Seems I opened a can of worms! I love it when we get spirited topics.
For those of you who might think my original question is a joke…it wasn’t. I actually have that neighbor who recently had a baby and ASKED ME me make her teething rings out of wood. She didn’t want to buy commercial made ones because as she put it, “they are made with lead in them”, “plastic ones collect germs” I had some of the same reservation you brought up here but I started looking into it.

There are a lot of people who make these as it seems there is a demand for them. As for safety see WudnHevn’s post above. As Rance aptly put it.. baby’s as well as adults have been chewing wood for 1000’s of years.

It seems to me that you really need to be careful as to what type of wood to use more than anything. (your thoughts???) Can’t be a soft wood as it will get soft and splinter. Should it be left natural or should it be sealed? If sealed, what type of finish would be safe?

Let the controversy continue…..!!
Seriously, everyone’s input here is really helpful.

-- If you think you can, or think you can't...your right!

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