Baby Rattle

Baby rattles are one of those projects that is a fun gift for your family or for a gift. They are typically spindle turnings and can be made from a wide range of woods. Hard, tight-grained wood with no oil or smells are recommended, Maple being one of the best.

Baby rattles often use captured rings which are a fun turning exercise and something that keeps people amazed trying to figure out how you did it. They should be made thick and strong.

However, there is a safety issue with baby rattles that everyone must be very sensitive too! The size of the rattle and any loose pieces must not pose a threat to the child. So, we've included U.S. Federal Guidelines on making baby rattles. We don't accept any responsibility for these projects or your making baby rattles and recommend that you become be familiar with these guidelines.

 

Baby rattle with captive ringsBaby rattle with captive rings
By: Ron Means
In this tutorial, Ron shows us how to make a baby rattle. He clearly explains how to layout and cut captive rings which work well for this baby rattle but can also be done on my other forms of spindle turning.

 

Turning a baby's rattle with loose rings Turning a baby's rattle with loose rings
By: Jesper Bay
In this tutorial, Jesper explains how to make a baby rattle that has captive rings. He shows each step and provides a drawing to help it all make sense. Captive rings can be challenging until you get a few under your belt and Jesper's instructions will help you on your way!

 

Making an Antique-style Baby RattleMaking an Antique-style Baby Rattle
By: Fred Holder
In this project, the late Fred Holder was inspired by a movie to replicate a baby rattle. It had an antique look and after turning, Fred coated it with a non-toxic walnut oil finish.

One of the best features of this tutorial is that Fred shows and explains how to turn captive rings. This technique works well here but can also be used on almost any type of spindle that you might be turning.

 

Small Parts Regulations - Toys and Products Intended for Use by Children Under 3 Years OldSmall Parts Regulations - Toys and Products Intended for Use by Children Under 3 Years Old
By: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commision
This regulation was created to define a set of rules regarding products intended for children under three. The regulation prevents deaths and injuries from choking on, inhaling, or swallowing small objects they may "mouth".

This document should be mandatory reading for anyone making any objects that may be used or intended for children!!
Here is a more detailed, accompanying document.
http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=64b22586d47f20e7468274a7b8c52707&node=16:2.0.1.3.80&rgn=div5

 

Federal Guidelines on baby rattlesFederal Guidelines on baby rattles
By: U.S. Government
It's critical to build to certain minimum dimensions in order for baby rattles to be safe for use by babies. In the case of baby rattles, we have some excellent guidelines which were produced by the U.S. Government. These are easy to read guidelines and are a MUST READ for anyone planning to make baby rattles.

 

Making a baby's rattleMaking a baby's rattle
By: Brian Clifford
Brian shows how to make a baby rattle and has a great drawing so that you can get the dimensions right. You can make a story board from this drawing which will make the turning easier.

 

Making a baby rattle with Captive RingsMaking a baby rattle with Captive Rings
By: Dennis Daudelin
In this photo tutorial, Dennis shows how he makes a baby rattle. The project features "how to make captive rings". So, if you've never made captive rings, this is one tutorial not to miss!

 

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