Figured Cherry Rattle/Scepter

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Project by Grondor posted 12-10-2011 07:22 AM 1267 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a rattle I turned for my step daughter, that also happens to look like a princess’ scepter (which is very fitting ;)). The whole thing is made from a single piece of wood, no glue or anything like that, I made captured rings for the rattle part. I’ve had some minor luck making rings just using a skew, but I decided to make some miniature “round nose scrapers” using some cheap hook-picks from Harbor Freight—worked like a charm! The heart on top started off as a turned apple-shape, then I cut, filed and sanded the sides down to get the heard shape.

In order to keep it non-toxic in case she decides to chew on it I used maple and mineral oil, nothing more, nothing less. I couldn’t find a large enough piece of pear or cherry to use for it, or even walnut, but this figured maple came out looking pretty good (in my humble opinion).

Fun project, highly recommended for anyone with a kid … or a lathe. ;)

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#1 posted 12-10-2011 04:55 PM

Thanks for sharing this. I am sure your step daughter will enjoy it. I am always captiatved by capitive rings. I will try to do this one day, as i start to learn how to turn. I’d be happy one day to be able to turn just one let aline six in one piece.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 12-11-2011 11:11 AM

The last thing my kid’s need is a rattle but I do like your project…........

-- mike...............

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