We are going to have a baby girl next February. When I was looking for toys for her. I found an animal shaped wooden rattle, but I couldn’t find a cat shaped one and I decided to make it by myself.
- For frame: 4″ x 5″ x 3/4″
- For rattles: 3/4″ x 3/4″ x 1/4″ (two thin circles)
- For rattles: 3/4″ x 3/4″ x 3/4 (two thicker circles. cylinders?)
- For rattles: 3/4″ x 3/4″ x 1/4″ (one thin circles)
- 1/4″ x 3.5″ (a bit longer than actual)
You can make this from one type of wood. I wanted to make a white frame but all maple rattle wasn’t good sound (a bit dull lower sound) and I added a cherry (solid high sound). Its make a mixed sound. Well it’s very subtle difference though.
- Fostner bit: 1-3/8″ (or Holesaw)
- Bandsaw (circular saw or coping saw)
- Sandpapers (#80, #100, #120, #150, #180, #240)
- Drill press (or drill)
- 3/8″ drill bit (for rattles)
- 1/4″ drill bit (for a dowel)
- Electric Iron (or spray adhesive)
- Mineral oil (cutting board oil) + beeswax for finishing
You can print out with the letter size.
1. Make a hole
I used 1-3/8″ diameter fostner bit with a drill press, but my WEN 8″ 1/3 HP doesn’t have a enough power to make this size hole on a hardwood. The motor stopped often. Perhaps holesaw was better?
2. Cut a cat shape
I used that Rikon bandsaw. There was a limitation to cut a curled tail and I had to change the design.
3. Make a hole for a rattle
I used the drill press, but it doesn’t have enough height with 1/4″ drill bit. I had to put a box on the base of drill press, and I could make a hole. I should’ve bought a bigger drill press.
4. Make rattles
I made one hard maple cube and make a 3/8″ hole in the center, then sand down to make a cylinder with a sander. I sliced it to two cylinders. I made a cherry version of the same shape.
I made a two cubes with cherry and made a 3/8″ hole in the center. This is also sand down to make a cylinder, but it’s a thicker than the above one.
This is my sander. It’s a enough for this job. Home depot is cheaper than Amazon.
5. Sanding, sanding and sanding
I didn’t have a nice rasp, so I used #80 sandpaper to take out bandsaw teeth mark. Then I started sanding with #100, #120, #150, #180 and #240. I did the same sanding for the small rattle parts and dowel too. I was making this after my daytime work, and it took a couple of days to finish sanding. This sanding is a most of time for this toy. Is there any better way?
This is easy part. Stick the dowel and add cylinders and glue the top and end of the dowel. I cut the left over dowel after dried out the glue. Again sanding the end of dowels. I needed to make thinner the dowel to go through the 1/4″ holes.
I bought a cutting board oil from Amazon and beeswax from a local store (Let It Bee Honey and More). The ratio is 8 oz mineral oil and 2 oz beeswax, but beeswax wasn’t enough amount because a center area of container is very waterly. I think I needed 3oz or more beeswax. I applied the beeswax paste with soft cloth and applied it the next day again.
Trials and error
From right side, free hand, tail is a bit tight for bandsaw, and good one pine version and the final version.