Wearable bentwood ring - Oak

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Project by FrankLad posted 05-04-2009 08:20 PM 8845 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This wooden ring began with a thin strips of oak that was steamed and bent into a circle, so that the grain runs around the circumference of the ring. The piece was glued with a waterproof poly adhesive, and the stip ends were fine sanded, to conceal the seam as much as possible.

The result was a thin, lightweight, yet surprisingly strong ring.

Although plain-looking, these bentwood rings are harder to make than the built-up / layered ones.

Also, this process involves no power tools.

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#1 posted 05-04-2009 09:00 PM


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#2 posted 05-04-2009 09:09 PM

Much appreciation, Vince! Always nice to get positive feedback!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#3 posted 05-04-2009 09:57 PM

have you tried turning one ?I l like also the method you use regards Alistair

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#4 posted 05-04-2009 10:28 PM

I made a ring similarly a couple months ago, didnt look as nice as yours though :D

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#5 posted 05-04-2009 11:27 PM

Scotsman: I have not tried turning one (don’t own a lathe, actually :) ). I did, however, try attaching a ring to a customized mandrel on the front of a regular drill, and turned it for polishing/buffing. That seemed to work well, but for the most part I do it by hand. Thank you for the comment!

Peik Löf: Thank you! What type of woods did you use, and how many layers? I would like to see it!

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#6 posted 05-04-2009 11:29 PM

nicely done

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#7 posted 02-26-2012 03:06 PM

Great looking ring. Love those old tools.

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