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Baby's First Rattle Mallet

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Project by doubleDD posted 12-31-2019 12:13 PM 765 views 1 time favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At 12:25 am on 12-25 early Christmas morning our daughter blessed us with a new grandson, Anthony.
Talk about a change in plans for Christmas, well everything was moved around that day. Anyway my first thought was to make him a rattle and I figured the mallet would be kind of cool. I filled it with the rattle beads from another old rattle since I thought that would be safer than anything else I had laying around.

About 6’’ tall, all made of scraps, my SELECT SCRAPS I should say and finished with mineral oil and beeswax.
It rattles like crazy and I can’t wait to give it to them Friday when I see him again.
I guess this is considered his first rattle and first mallet. LOL.

Thanks for looking and have a great New Year.

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





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Ivan

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#1 posted 12-31-2019 12:22 PM

Very nice project…interesting and unique handle!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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EarlS

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#2 posted 12-31-2019 12:24 PM

Congratulations on a new grand baby. Perfect gift for the little guy. Great way to get him properly introduced to woodworking.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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kdc68

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#3 posted 12-31-2019 12:30 PM

Congrats Dave! It’s a perfect gift! Well done!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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woodshaver Tony C

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#4 posted 12-31-2019 12:31 PM

Congratulations on your new grandson Dave and Nancy! What a wonderful Christmas gift for your family!

The time and date match was really amazing! I was happy to see that you used ”SELECT SCRAPS” for baby Anthony’s new first toy; nothing but the best. To make it resemble a mallet and using rattle beads from another rattle is just plane GENIUS thinking!

The mallet is really super nice but you better steer clear when Anthony has it in his little hands until his motor skills kick in or you’ll have Knots on your head instead of your boards! LOL!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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schucrew

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#5 posted 12-31-2019 12:45 PM

Congratulations Dave, Happy New Year and enjoy your new grandson. Great gift.

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 12-31-2019 01:14 PM

Very nice, Dave! I’m sure the parents will love the rattling, too. Good job, Grampa!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 12-31-2019 01:34 PM

Thanks Ivan. I’ve been using the tri-spilt handle on my mallets so I thought it would be fitting to make one like grandpas.

Thanks earl. I hope he gets interested in woodworking. I’ll need someone to inherit my tools when I leave this world.

Thanks kdc68. That’s how i felt when I saw him the first day. I was picturing him with the mallet in his hand before I made it. LOL.

Hi Tony. That’s funny. I wanted to make it somewhat colorful so it keeps his interest but yet keep in the tradition of a mallet. So SELECT SCRAPS was a perfect solution. Actually with all the scraps laying around it became a chore just to figure out which to use. Well, I have enough knots on my head so when he starts swinging I’ll send him home to his parents.

Thanks schucrew. I like them more when they start moving and crawling around. Watching them get mischievous make me feel good about when I was a toddler.

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

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stefang

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#8 posted 12-31-2019 01:43 PM

Congratulations Dave! A new woodworker is born and he already has his first tool. A great start!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#9 posted 12-31-2019 02:13 PM

What a great project; and looks like it was fun to build.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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anthm27

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#10 posted 12-31-2019 02:29 PM

Grandson ANTHONY,,, He is going to be a good guy.
Kind regards
Anthony.

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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swirt

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#11 posted 12-31-2019 02:34 PM

Congratulations on your Christmas arrival. Your rattle is sure to be a hit.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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GR8HUNTER

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#12 posted 12-31-2019 03:02 PM

gratz on the new grandson who has a GR8 name your rattle is sure to be a heirloom GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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DDWW

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#13 posted 12-31-2019 03:13 PM

That’s just a great idea! And well executed.

Congrats on the birt oh your grandson.

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BusterB

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#14 posted 12-31-2019 03:14 PM

Awesome project Dave!!! Congratulations on the new addition to your family brother.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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splintergroup

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#15 posted 12-31-2019 03:18 PM

Congrats all the way around Dave!

As a kid I would instantly test that on my brother, I guess that was a 60’s siblings thing 8^)

Is the middle name of your new family member “Dave” or “Thor”? 8^)

Love that handle design.

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