Cherry Baby Rattle

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Project by Picken5 posted 08-06-2019 02:11 AM 765 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter is expecting her first child in a few months. (Yes, my wife and I are going to be grandparents! We’re understandably excited.) Some good friends hosted a baby shower for my daughter the other day and I managed to get this finished in time so this would be among the gifts she received. I “borrowed” the idea from a fellow Lumberjock — Jim Jakosh — thanks, Jim. I decided on cherry and used pretty much the same techniques that Jim described, although I did chuck up a round nose router bit in my drill press to round the bottoms of the holes I drilled with a forstner bit. It’s about 5” long and 1-3/16” diameter with a 5/8” diameter stem. I finished it with a mixture of mineral oil and beeswax. And if it looks like I may turned through to the interior, that little dark spot you see in some of the pics is just a natural feature of the cherry.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#1 posted 08-06-2019 11:15 AM

That’s awesome , Congratulation’s !!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 08-06-2019 03:47 PM

Absolutely gorgeous! Your and Jim’s method is more straight forward that the one I have used, which is to bore the halves on the lathe and glue them back together and finish turn. Your method is much better.

And, congrats on your impending grandparenthood :)

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