First Ring

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Project by scrappy posted 06-01-2009 08:35 AM 2076 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the first ring I have ever made. Used Walnut for the 2 outside pieces with a layer of Cherry in the midle.

When glueing up I stagered the grain direction to give it more strength.

Had no idea how big to make the center so I measured my finger with my Micrometers. ( .670 ) Drilled a 5/8 hole (.625) and after sanding the inside it is a perfect fit.

Used a forstner bit for the hole and scrollsawed the outside to get it close. Then lots of sanding.

Wanted the outside to have an even curve all the way around. Took a piece of scrap pallet wood and ran a 1/2 inch round groove down the board. Glued in a stip of sandpaper and used that to keep the outside curve even.

Would like it to be a little bit thinner, but kind of scared to go too thin. Don’t want it to get too weak.

Finnished with johnsons floor wax, and pollishing wheel.

Thank you Junji for the tips on makeing this. With starting with the hole then sawing the outside, it seemed like a prety stable way to go.

Thank you Squirt for the pictures. Your camara is a LOT better then mine for close ups.

Please leave all comments, good or bad.

Thanks for looking.


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

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#1 posted 06-01-2009 09:01 AM

Your welcome :) I think it looks really good, you’ve certainly been a busy bee this weekend.
Love Ya

-- Amanda

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#2 posted 06-01-2009 11:03 AM


Hey you did it! Looks really good, and strong. Congratulations.
Now you should try other combinations, and other designs too.
This one seems to be yours, now you have to make some more for women!!!

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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Grant Davis

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#3 posted 06-01-2009 03:44 PM

I like this alot. I made two bracelets and a necklace pendent over the weekend so I think a ring will have to be on my short list of to-dos. Thanks for posting.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#4 posted 06-01-2009 04:00 PM

Nice. Really like the contrast you have chosen.

-- Kirk, SE Louisiana

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#5 posted 06-01-2009 07:04 PM

I love the idea, but you might want to avoid walnut, as some people are allergic to it. If I am anywhere near walnut for an extended period of time, I get a runny nose and red eyes. Any part of me that touches it gets an itchy rash. Cocobolo is forbidden in my shop, and the reaction significantly worse.

If you had a lathe, you could knock these out in scores :-) One of our club members makes bangles and does very well selling them.

-- Steven

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#6 posted 06-02-2009 01:31 AM

Thanks fr all the nice comments everyone. I realy enjoyed making this.

Steven, I have heard that about Walnut but seeing as I have worked with it and not had any problems, Figured it was safe for my ring. Also I will not be useing Walnut again enless it is on a inside band and not an edge band. It wanted to chip on me while hand sanding. Cleaned upp pretty good but was supposed to be wider.

junji, More designs are allredy going through the head! Thanks for a new addiction.( as if I didn’t have enough) haha

Thanks again.


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

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#7 posted 06-02-2009 03:05 PM

Looking Good!!

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#8 posted 06-02-2009 10:55 PM

You guys are inspiring me to make a few with the cutoffs from all the pens I’ve been turning. Really outstanding work. I love the grain changes.

Well done!

-- Mark, Florida,

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