Maple Rattle

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-15-2019 05:46 PM 1013 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our little McKinlee crawls around with the cherry rattle in her mouth and my wife wanted me to make a bigger one that she can’t get in her mouth so I made her this one out of maple. It is 1 3/4” diameter and has two 1/4” steel balls in each end and the wall is 3/16 thick. It makes a lot of noise…she should like it!

I split the board, drilled two 1 1/4” pockets in both halves 5/8” deep, inserted the balls and glued it back together and turned the shape. It is finished with the 3 stage buff and carnuba wax.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 06-15-2019 06:13 PM

Some lucky kid will enjoy

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 06-15-2019 09:15 PM

Nice work for a really cute child.



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#3 posted 06-15-2019 11:57 PM

Great idea and I appreciate knowing how how you did it, someone else I know may be getting one.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 06-16-2019 01:52 AM

Cool idea of creating the noise makers first then turning

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 06-16-2019 02:41 AM

That will fix her Jim, well don for a nice looking girl.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 06-16-2019 05:11 AM

I would 100% forget where the balls were and turn the steel balls right out of it.

Nice work!!

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#7 posted 06-16-2019 05:58 AM

Looks the part Jim,... customer seems satisfied! ..... or are they saying “what no fractals”
I hope your knee reflex test passed OK! tee hee

As per Claude’s comment!

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 06-16-2019 06:14 AM

What a Great “Fix” for such a beautiful gal! :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#9 posted 06-16-2019 07:40 AM

Very nice Jim, like the idea of how you inserted the weights. Babe looks happy with it.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 06-16-2019 08:38 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments..anything for” pretty blue eyes”!!

Hi Raskal..funny you should say that. I made the first one out of sycamore and ( I don’t know what I was thinking …it was late at night!! ) I bored the holes 7/8” deep on both sides. When I got to the 1 3/4” diameter I noticed openings in the piece. If I’d have gone any further, I’d have been blasted by those steel balls!! The 7/8” was the distance from center on my drawing to the outside diameter and the mistaken depth matched that!

Hi Rob, she uses the rattle like a drumstick on the empty coffee container. Kids have fun with the cheapest toys!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 06-16-2019 01:48 PM

shes really growing fast … you have made a wonderful rattle ….. soon she be beating on a 55 gal drum …. LOL *GREAT JOB :<))) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#12 posted 06-16-2019 04:05 PM

The last picture is the best picture.
Nice job Jim.

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#13 posted 06-16-2019 05:50 PM

Nice job, Jim. Looks great. My partner’s cuzzie is due in September and I have been meaning to do something similar. :)

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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#14 posted 06-17-2019 12:08 AM

Nice job Jim and good idea listening to your wife. I remember making a few rattles and they were fun. I’ll be making a few more in a few months again. I will use that idea of splitting the piece first and adding the rattle, and then turn.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 06-17-2019 12:32 AM

I’d sure like to see a video of you making a rattle, Jim. It’s kind of a mystery to me. Not the assembly, and such, but the actual turning. I’m sure you must have some gadgetry that I’m unfamiliar with.

-- Mark

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