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kiwilynne

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06-24-2019 07:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip question lathe turning baby

My partner’s cousin is due to give birth in September and I want to turn the sprout a nice rattle. I’ve never turned rattles before and wanted to ask for tips on turning one with relative ease. Also, in terms of adding the rattly bits, what are good options, and do I do this before or after turning?

Thanks in advance!

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.


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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 06-24-2019 08:23 PM

i would PM this jock :<)) he make beautiful rattles

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

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#2 posted 06-24-2019 08:36 PM

Hi Lynne. You have seen the ones I make. I cut a board down the center and run both have through the jointer to insure a real flat glue joint.
Then I layout where I want the ball ends of the rattle( of the style I make). If the heads are to be 1 3/4” diameter. I bore two holes on the center of those ball ends using a round end spade bit but you can use a forstner bit. I figure on about a .200” wall . So for a 1 3/4” ball ..half of that is .875 ( 7/8”). I bore the holes about 650”- 675” deep. Then I insert two 1/4” steel balls in each end and glue it up. Make sure you transfer the centers of the balls to the out side of the glued up block so you know where to locate them in the finished product. I turn it round and layout the 1 3/4” diameter and cut it to shape. I cut it free when done and round the ends on a finishing sander.

I wish I had one going to show you in pictures.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 06-24-2019 08:41 PM

sounds pretty easy to me only thing is make sure you do cut into balls at ends LOL :<)))

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

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kiwilynne

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#4 posted 06-24-2019 08:53 PM

Thanks both for your replies.

I have actually seen your rattles, Jim, and they are lovely. Thanks for the quick breakdown, really appreciate it. The gears are ticking!

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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#5 posted 06-24-2019 10:18 PM

Lynne
How about one in the shape of a Kiwi ! I am not sure how you would do the legs to make them child safe though.

Also you will need to consider the material you are going to use is kid safe as well no Oleander or the likes.
Rock Maple for one is OK

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 06-25-2019 12:29 AM

When it comes to turning projects you dont get any better than Jim

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#7 posted 06-25-2019 01:34 AM

I’ve made many baby rattles. I joint and plane a board of cherry or walnut to 3/4” thick and about 2” wide. I made a jig that allows me to rout about a 2” long groove in a portion of the end of each section. Put 5 dried kidney beans in the groove and glue the two sides together. Mark the end where the beans are or you’ll not have a happy turning.

Babies love them, but don’t get hit in the head with the rattle

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kiwilynne

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#8 posted 06-25-2019 08:29 PM



I’ve made many baby rattles. I joint and plane a board of cherry or walnut to 3/4” thick and about 2” wide. I made a jig that allows me to rout about a 2” long groove in a portion of the end of each section. Put 5 dried kidney beans in the groove and glue the two sides together. Mark the end where the beans are or you’ll not have a happy turning.

Babies love them, but don’t get hit in the head with the rattle

- Kirk650

Cheers for this!


-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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kiwilynne

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#9 posted 06-25-2019 08:31 PM



Lynne
How about one in the shape of a Kiwi ! I am not sure how you would do the legs to make them child safe though.

Also you will need to consider the material you are going to use is kid safe as well no Oleander or the likes.
Rock Maple for one is OK

- robscastle

I have never worked with oleander, even though i have a box full in the garage that someone with good intentions gave me. I was under the impression it’s too toxic for mostly anything. I’ll likely use NZ rimu, as these are often sold in shops here.

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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#10 posted 06-30-2019 03:41 PM

Here are links to a couple of videos I did on baby rattles.
Another rattle with captive rings

-- MPax, Atlanta

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kiwilynne

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#11 posted 07-03-2019 05:44 PM



Here are links to a couple of videos I did on baby rattles.
Another rattle with captive rings

- mpax356

Thank you!

-- Lynne, New Zealand - Crikey, Aussie is another country, Bro.

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