Baby Rattles

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Project by Dinger posted 12-10-2014 04:45 PM 1135 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I turned a few baby rattles for my god daughter. I will be the last person to claim that they are an expert turner. I’m not. In fact I can count my turning projects on one hand. These are made up of left over home center maple. I laminated them together to get to about 2” square.

The solid one needed to be laminated – there is steel shot in it for noise-making. I did it must like a home-made dead blow hammer. Drill two holes in the center lamination and fill it (loosely in this case) with steel shot.

I don’t have any special tools for the captured rings. I just was verrrry careful with my parting tool, then smoothed out the shaft. I saw a fellow Jock use a technique where he used spray adhesive to temporarily affixed sandpaper to the finished shaft and then sand the inside of the rings. It worked beautifully!

Some things I learned on the lathe:
1)Give yourself a good amount of room on the ends for waste, like 1” on either side of the finished project. My parting tool is 1/4”, and when I went to round the edges, I was getting too close to the spur for comfort – hence the ends looking a bit more square than I would like.
2) When you have a known hollow (for the shot) not only should you mark where it is well (which I did), make sure you also refer to thing #1. I actually did blow out the chamber and had to glue the stub back on.

Other than that, I had a blast! I can see how turning can be addicting. I cheap-o high carbon steel turning tools were used in a recent Woodcraft demonstration on sharpening lathe tools. Man, what a difference! Think back to the time you first used a truly sharp chisel or plane iron. Kinda like that.

Finish is Tung Oil. I wanted something natural. This will probably end up chewed on by my god-daughter. Thanks for looking!

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

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#1 posted 12-15-2014 08:32 AM

Great pieces Dinger, you did a damn fine job on the lathe.

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#2 posted 12-16-2014 03:25 PM

Thanks! They really are pretty simple. Give it a shot!

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

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