Oak turned baby rattles.

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Project by oscorner posted 05-16-2007 04:55 AM 4076 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are two baby rattles that I turned. The larger ringed one is the first I ever turned and it was turned on my homemade treadle lathe powered by a bungie cord and a treadle. The second one was turned on my Rigid lathe and as you can see it has smaller rings. THE RINGS ARE TURNED ON THE RATTLES, NOT ADDED ON AND THEN THE END PUT ON. Now, these rattles are intended for the parents to use to entertain their child. You can imagine the ragging I got when most people saw and asked about the first rattle. The comments were usually, ”the kid is going to knock him/herself out with that rattle!” The reason it is so big is that it was my first time turning and my first time turning rings, which unless you own a ring turning tool, takes some doing with just a spindle gouge and parting tool. I gave the second one to a new parent along with a cherry pacifier. Of course, I made sure that she knew not to let her child suckle on the wooden pacifier and not to give her the rattle to knock herself in the head with. LOL.

P.S. the dates on the pictures are incorrect, even though I turned the first one about five years ago and the second one about two years ago.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#1 posted 05-16-2007 05:38 AM

oscorner these are cool.

Do you ever get to Indiana? I need some woodturning instruction.

Keep up the great work.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#2 posted 05-16-2007 06:06 AM

These are cool. I’ve tried a couple of times to turn captive rings. Each time has been pretty bad. Those are really cool.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 05-16-2007 06:17 AM

A homemade treadle lathe! That impresses me. Nice baby bashers.

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#4 posted 05-16-2007 06:24 AM

Hey Os,

The kid’s gonna knock himself out with that rattle! :-) More turning. Maybe a lathe next… captive rings? how do they do that?

-- John

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#5 posted 05-16-2007 12:11 PM

they are awesome. Well done.
Now, do we get to see your treadle in action??

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 05-16-2007 01:33 PM

<<< knows he couldn’t play with those things now, much less when he was kid … without knocking himself out … lol

Nice work bro!

; )

-- Lip's Dysfuncational Firewood Farm, South Bend, IN

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#7 posted 05-16-2007 02:41 PM

Thanks everyone. I’m sorry, Debbie, but the treadle lathe was dismantled once I bought the Ridgid lathe. I had to make room in my small shop that I had then. I saved some of the parts that made it up. Maybe I will post some pics of them on a blog in the future.

PanamaJack, I’ve never been to Indiana, but if your ever in Baton Rouge, La. be sure to stop by. I’ll be happy to show you the little I know.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 05-16-2007 04:06 PM

Very cool. I’d love to see a video of exactly how these are turned.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 05-16-2007 05:26 PM

Good job, Os.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#10 posted 05-16-2007 05:29 PM

Nice job Os. Those captive rings are a great touch.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#11 posted 05-17-2007 02:21 AM

Thank you.

Charlie, I don’t have a video camera, so you’ll have to forgive me.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#12 posted 06-30-2007 03:23 PM

Quite nice. I’m not a turner but those are sweet.

-- Measure twice!!

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#13 posted 07-07-2007 01:57 AM

Thank you, Tim!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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