Baby rattle

  • Advertise with us
Project by dgom posted 12-29-2013 10:23 PM 2037 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A turned rattle from birch for my sister in laws newborn boy named Elis. The rattle is treated with boiled linseed oil only, since I believe that the rattle will end up in the little boys mouth eventually…
A detail is the painted happy face on the top which hopefully will attract the little ones interest.

No fancy tool is needed to make the captive rings. I just reformed an old rusty file and made a 2-in-1 tool:

5 comments so far

View jaykaypur's profile


4017 posts in 3424 days

#1 posted 12-29-2013 11:14 PM

Now that is a neat little toy rattle! Looks easy to make. Thanks …..this is a great idea for gifts.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

View thesoninlaw's profile


97 posts in 2801 days

#2 posted 12-30-2013 12:12 AM

Be sure to research the particular linseed oil that you will be using—some contain cobalt and are toxic because of it. If it does not explicitly that it is food-safe, don’t use it.

View KENVO's profile


36 posts in 2988 days

#3 posted 12-31-2013 06:03 AM

Nice job on the rattle. I’m making a few rattles for some friend and family who are expecting. I’d love to make one like this but I think it’s still a little above my skill level, or at very least tool level (cheap chisels).

-- Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.-- Jerry Garcia

View NoSlivers's profile


210 posts in 4106 days

#4 posted 12-31-2013 03:57 PM

How was the vibration with your reformed file? I’ve been entertaining a similar notion with old planer blades but I think I’ll be putting handles on them.

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

View dgom's profile


70 posts in 3072 days

#5 posted 12-31-2013 04:39 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments!

@thesoninlaw: The linseed oil I used was locally made by a farmer and the flax was organically grown. The farmer even told me that he had customers that daily drink a spoon of the oil. Actually I just went and looked at the bottle and the label said it contained raw unboiled linseed oil…, my error.

@NoSlivers: I didn’t notice any vibrations, however I held the tool in a very steady grip. I think that the trick is to make the tool so that the cutting part is close in line with the centre line of the file. I researched different commercial variants of captive ring tools before I made mine.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics