Wooden Rings #1: Is there a piece of wood too small?

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Blog entry by monkeyman83 posted 04-19-2012 12:27 AM 1170 reads 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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If you all look in my projects you will find a picture of wooden rings made from saw dust. I got the idea when my wife was pregnant and couldn’t wear her wedding rings. Since this project was such a hit and so many people wanted to know how i did it i decided to post the process in my blog. Enjoy!!

I dampened the sawdust with a little bit of water just to get the mositure level back up. I drilled out a piece of 2×4 with a forstner bit. Do not drill all the way through. Make sure that you use a bit much bigger than your final product. Line the hole with saran wrap. I used Gorilla glue and mixed it in with the saw dust. I packed the saw dust into the form as tightly as i could. Using a large dowel helps to pack it in. When i got to the point that there was sawdust protruding from the hole even with the packing i covered the sawdust with more saran wrap. I then put another piece of 2×4 on top and clamped them together as tight as i could. Crackling and popping is to be expected since the Gorilla glue requires pressure to activate. I waited 48 hours for the glue to cure. The solid piece of “saw dust” should pop right out. If not…no problem. Drill through the center of the saw dust, mount on a mandrel on the lathe and turn it out. It’s not too hard on the tools and i finished the rings with superglue. Some elbow grease will be required to ensure a proper fit to the persons finger. Have fun all.

-- It may not be pretty...but it's functional.

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#1 posted 04-19-2012 12:52 AM

Thanks for the info, seems your technique would work great for filling holes as well….

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