50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #4: Project 4 - baby rattle

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Blog entry by mnguy posted 01-31-2019 11:28 PM 384 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Where I work, there are many people having babies. Like at least 3 – 4 a year in just the circles of people I know (I work at a big company). A couple years ago, I started making baby rattles for some of them. It was fun, and they were very appreciated. I hadn’t made one for several months (a couple new parents didn’t get rattles), but I was motivated to make one for this series.

I have previously made single ended rattles – they were cute but tended to look like tiny carving mallets. For this rattle, I did a double ended design. Construction is pretty straight forward; maple, with a Shellawax finish. Holes are made with Forstner bits, rattles are steel BB’s. The only sticky part was getting the last end smooth and the same shape as the first end, which I finished on the lathe.

How would you all have finished the second end?

Another fun project!

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