Cat shaped wooden rattle

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.


Hard maple

  • 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)

Hardwood dowel

  • 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)
  • Sander
  • 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?

6. Assembly

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.


7. Finishing

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.

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