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Blog entry by Flemming posted 08-11-2010 01:16 PM 1628 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i’ve been rather restless as of late… maybe its the a.d.d. :P… anyway, as is in the title, i was quite bored and needed something to do. my next project is slowly beginning to take shape in my mind and i’ve settled upon a serving tray with some marquetry and until the “final” plan (plans always change) has been made i wanted to do something small in the meantime.

I’ve been absolutely fascinated by the rings i’ve seen on LJ’s, not least of all FrankLad’s Rosewood Ring with Braided Maple Inlay

i’ve had a very big urge to turn some things, but alas, my school is not open yet (and they only have metal lathes, so we’ll see how that goes….) and i i dont have a lathe myself… grrr….! i decided to give it a go anyway, and i cheated somewhat… i bought a rather large dowel and started carving out the inside…


i borrowed some inspiration for the subtle ring line from another of FrankLad’s rings… i made 2 rings, with the same pattern, one which i wanted to inlay with blue stone, the other with green stone.


after carving out the inside, i used some sandpaper to smooth it out and get the inside diameter to the size i wanted. the picture above shows the sanded product :)


i wanted to have about 5-6 diagonal lines all around the ring, but i’ve had trouble with this even in my last project (perhaps it’s my pen-knife)... sharp edges are notorious for just splitting and breaking off… and so i had to modify the pattern from the get-go, and this is what i ended up with.


another thing i learned…. you cant make rings with the grain facing the open ends of the ring… it splits too damn easy… i should have known this, lol (and it made me second guess my decision to buy the dowel since it really didnt save me any time). i split the big (green inlay) ring 2 times while carving it… above is a picture of the stone inlay glued in place before sanding. again i’m not sure if super glue is the way to go, but it seems to work.


there’s the rough polish… i’m not sure how to “polish” stone… but i’m assuming i can just take some really really fine grit sandpaper and make it shine? maybe? lol, we’ll see :)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#1 posted 08-11-2010 01:39 PM

Nice progress. Yeah, Frank’s rings are fantastic.

I think if you added an inner bentwood layer(after the outside was built), then you could have your grain running end to end. I havn’t figured out the best way to do that yet.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 08-11-2010 03:35 PM

cheers mate, thanks for the tip rance :) i’ve seen the double layer rings, but never managed to put two and two together, heheh. let me know if you find out how best to do it :)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#3 posted 08-11-2010 08:08 PM

Flemming, fine emery paper (up to 1200 grit), usually available in car spares shops should do the trick on the polishing. That and burnishing cream.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 08-12-2010 02:20 PM

Hej Flemming,
Yes fine grid, and polish at the end.
120-240-360-600-1200 this is the tour I take on my knifes, if you go directly, you will have the scraches from the rough sandpaper still.
Here are a Danish link for this stuff:
Feel free to ask questions.

Thats a really fine project, and as usual, you show your wonderful spirit by carving the hole by hand.
Others would say this could not be done without a lathe, a drillpress, a grinder, a shop ventilation system, a carvers set of tools and so on… (I know such one…).
Best of thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 08-16-2010 02:51 PM

Nicely done with minimal tool(s) Flemming and a very nice design too. Coincidentally, the design is somewhat reminiscent of a piece I am just completing and which I will be posting soon. I am always amazed at the carving that can be done with a simple knife in the right hands. keep up the good work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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