How to Make a Wooden Baby Rattle


Wooden baby rattles are a classic toy that provide babies with limitless hours of play. Most wooden baby rattles contain captive rings. Captive rings are round pieces of wood that are cut loose from the main piece and then smoothed out. Good woods to use when making a wooden baby rattle include cherry and oak.

Step 1

Place the wooden block on the wooden spindle and secure it into position using the spindle's clamps.

Step 2

Rotate the wood and carve it into a circular piece with a rough gouge. Measure the wood with calipers to confirm that it is rounded to 1 5/8 inches.

Step 3

Carve out a round headstock and bead tail stock using a spindle gouge. Leave a section in the top right of the rattle for the captive rings.

Step 4

Carve two captive rings out of the ring stock wood using a parting tool.

Step 5

Round off all the carved pieces using a spindle gouge.

Step 6

Set the rings loose from the rattle with a dental pick.

Step 7

Tape the rings to the top and bottom of the rattle and clean up the under wood with the spindle gouge.

Step 8

Sand the entire rattle smooth with 100 grit sandpaper.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden block, 3 inches by 3 inches by 6 inches
  • Wood spindle
  • 1 1/4-inch roughing gouge
  • Calipers
  • Spindle gouge
  • Parting tool
  • Spindle gouge
  • Dental pick
  • Painter's tape
  • 100-grit sandpaper


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