Turned Baby Rattle with Captive Rings

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Project by Barrett posted 02-23-2011 05:55 AM 5476 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a little project that actually took two tries. I met a good friend in Florida that just had a new baby. I wanted to make something for the happy couple so I thought of a rattle. After searching around, I found a clever way to make a rattle on a lathe. First I bought a captive ring tool and practiced a little. I learned that the best way to create a smooth ring is to make two cuts with a parting tool and then rounding out the ring.

The dark and light rattle is the final product made of poplar wood. The oak rattle is the first attempt that I had to scrap after I realized how phallic it looked. We couldn’t have the little tyke shaking that thing around!

After a few more practices I got better with the captive rings and look for all kinds of reasons to put a captive ring on a piece.

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#1 posted 02-23-2011 06:50 AM

LOL! The baby wouldn’t have known! But I like your second one better. You’ve mastered that ring tool, it looks like. Good job!


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#2 posted 02-23-2011 07:16 AM

Thanks Barb, After I stopped the lathe and pulled the first attempt off, I shook it around and it hit me. Uh oh!

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#3 posted 02-23-2011 11:47 AM

Thanks funny about your first attempt because I thought the same thing when I first saw it. Good call. lol

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#4 posted 02-23-2011 12:06 PM

What a great toy. Nice job!

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

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#5 posted 02-27-2011 09:36 PM

Jayden, the happy recipient:

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