I’ve probably given away about 20 rings by now to friends and nurses I met during my difficulties. I wanted to get a bit more sophisticated now that I’m used to my lathe. Here are a few more.
This one is Osage, red cedar (juniperis) and walnut veneer.
This one is pecan heartwood and osage orange.
This one is walnut and pecan sapwood.
This is just plain Elm but I like the photo.
Here are a couple of my attempts to add veneer to the rings. They tend to want to break easily and I’ve shattered several before I got these and a few more.
I bought a machinist boring bar set so now I am able to make the holes in the rings to very precise dimensions. I have a better live center ordered so I don’t keep slinging my pieces out of the lathe at myself. The one that came with the lathe is just too big. Fortunately, the ring blanks are so small they don’t do any damage. I’d like to get one of those 4 jaw chucks like the Nova or Barracuda.
The one that holds the smallest dowel stock is the Grizzly but I’m still going to have to make some shims for the chuck jaws as I work with a 1 1/16” and a 7/8” hole saw to make my blanks and that’s smaller than the minimum dimension of 1 1/4” listed as the smallest dowel for the chuck.
Next I’m going to be embedding (or trying to) malachite and ruby around the rings in a small dado. I hope I am able to do it.
-- Okie from Council Hill