Recovery projects #9: Napkin rings - a good start

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 10-19-2008 07:38 PM 1090 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m slowly getting back into making things. I spent some time this last week getting some lumber resawn and laminating them to make these rings. I still have to sand them down and ease the edges, but since I used a little mineral spirits to clean them up – I thought I’d show how I’m coming along.

The napkin in this shot is just a paper towel as I could not find my cloth napkins.


The close up shots you can see that I’ve got some sanding to do to clean these up a bit.



I’m not completely happy with these as I think they are a bit small – so I’m thinking that I may redo these and add about 1/4” or so.

This was a nice “easing back into things” project. I’m going to keep playing with them and see how I do with them.

The idea to do napkin rings and the “design” came from “Shop-Tested Scrollsaw Techniques” From the editors of Wood Magazine, page 54.

Thanks for looking.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#1 posted 10-19-2008 08:08 PM

Betsy, those are great ideas. Thanks for posting these.

and yes, GO BUCKS….O-H

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#2 posted 10-19-2008 08:52 PM

I – O

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#3 posted 10-19-2008 10:23 PM

What size holes are you using, looks like a great idea for gifts looking great! Is there any significance to the various shapes??

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#4 posted 10-19-2008 10:30 PM

Fred the inside holes are 1.25 inches. But I think they should be a bit bigger. I’m going to play around and see what size works better. There is no significance of the shapes. The square and octagons are easiest to cut because of the straight line edges. The circle is most difficult.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#5 posted 10-20-2008 02:35 AM

Betsy, They look pretty good. Glad to see you are able to get back into the shop some and look forward to seeing this idea and others progress.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 10-20-2008 02:41 AM

Thanks Chris. Sawdust sure smells sweet when you’ve not been able to smell it!

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#7 posted 10-21-2008 09:02 PM

These are nice, Betsy. Glad to see you’re back in the shop. You should post these in “projects” though!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 10-29-2008 10:48 PM

these are great!!!
It must feel very rewarding to look at these

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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