Ring #1: Almond

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Blog entry by MontanaJoe posted 11-25-2009 02:00 PM 800 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I recently found myself with way too much time on my hands. Purely out of boredom I decided to use some scraps of pine i had laying around to make a wooden ring. At that point i wasn’t even thinking of the ring being functional. I just wanted a piece of wood shaped like a ring. In completing that ring i discovered how much I enjoyed the entire process. I was inspired to make a functional ring. Due to my current status of unemployment I didn’t have much money to be spending on wood though. I decided that instead I would just go to a relatives house and trim their tree for them. I trimmed an apricot and an almond tree. Took an almond tree branch cut off about 3/4” off the end of it, Drilled the center, and began using a Dremel to shape the wood into a ring. Needless to say the current almond ring has not broken like the pine ring did. I am now looking into further polishing and buffing the ring to a semi shine. Although, I have been having trouble in this venture. Having no previous knowledge of how to do this and not having taken the time to read up on the subject I started dipping different woods into olive oil to see what it would do. I even tried buffing the wood with a mysterious unlabeled buffing agent. I later I tried using a wax which I usually use as a sealant for the joint in my bag pipes. This seemed to bring the shine I wanted but was not long lasting. It also gave the wood a strange feel to it. I am looking into creating my own polish combining beeswax, carnuba wax, and some linseed oil. Although, I must say that I do enjoy the slightly darkened stain the olive oil has on the wood.

-- "All of us were born kicking and fighting to live, but we have become used to the soft life. We have become creatures of comfort."

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#1 posted 11-26-2009 08:37 AM

Great job on the ring. For shaping help, you might want to check out this blog entry. You might also do a search for “Frank Ladd”

He has done a lot of beautifull rings. Both Franks posts and my blog give detail on making the ring stronger and shapeing it. Good luck on makeing more.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#2 posted 11-26-2009 08:51 AM

looks good

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#3 posted 11-26-2009 02:26 PM

thanks for the info Scrappy its greatly appreciated and i definitely will keep it up. woodworking is like a whole new world for me to explore.

thanks a1Jim i’ve been browsing some of the work on this site and its all so beautiful. i would only hope i can bring my skills to par one of these days. everyone has to start somewhere though.

-- "All of us were born kicking and fighting to live, but we have become used to the soft life. We have become creatures of comfort."

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#4 posted 12-03-2009 06:49 AM

Very nice.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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