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C&C Ring. Cocobolo and Cherry

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Project by scottb posted 06-07-2009 02:36 AM 1880 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Approximately 19.75 cm inside diameter (US size 10, or just smaller than a nickel), this ring (currently on my finger as I type this) is 7/16ths of a inch (11mm) wide.

Cocobolo, cut from the block it’s sitting on – you can almost make out the pinks, purples, oranges, reds and various browns in the wood – finishes to a nice rich brown. The cherry strip is glued (gorilla) with the grain running in a perpendicular direction for added strength. Despite their size and thinness, this ring will stand up to the rigors of “normal” wear with ease. You could wear it in the shower, swimming… not that you should.

Cocobolo, being heavy and dense, will help with regards to surviving the rigors of wear. Despite the woods characteristic heaviness, this ring is very comfortable to wear. Some wooden rings are light, this one is probably comperable to a gold or silver ring of the same size.

After sanding super smooth, wetting it to raise the grain, and sanding again, it was finished in a nice long bath in walnut oil, then buffed.

This is the 6th project in my 30 projects in 30 days challenge

cross posted on Facebook: B C Woodworking
this and other projects, for sale on Etsy: B C Woodworking

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/





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Grant Davis

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#1 posted 06-07-2009 03:11 AM

Scott, that is gorgeous. My GF has been after me to try these and you may have just given me the push I needed to try it. Thanks for posting this.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#2 posted 06-07-2009 03:39 AM

Great looking ring. How do you make them? I’d like to try one myself.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 06-07-2009 03:49 AM

I like this one the best

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 06-07-2009 04:41 AM

that looks cool. I like that you can see the grain show in the cocobolo.

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#5 posted 06-07-2009 04:43 AM

Here’s the tutorial I sort of followed.
http://www.woodturningonline.com/Turning/Projects/rings.html
except, I just glued up the blank rather than do the inlay technique it shows. (which I may get to one of these days.
there is also one for bracelets, but I’m not sure if I’ll use that how to, or just adapt the ring turning techniques

These are fun, and quick to make, (once the wood is prepped) I’m spending a lot more time milling and gluing up blocks than the actual time it takes to make one of these.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#6 posted 06-07-2009 05:01 AM

yeah, Darryl, I cut off some 1/8 thick pieces of a block of Goncalo Alves, and the figure totally disappeared. Might still work for center bands, but the black swirls on the mostly flat tan/brownish wood just looks like burn marks, rather than grain or figure. The Bocote and Bubinga however, peeled off looking just like the block.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#7 posted 06-07-2009 07:51 AM

that’s one of the reasons I haven’t bothered with any woods known for their grain in my bottle stoppers. The small pieces would totally kill the visual appeal.

like I said though, your ring manages to capture it nicely though.

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#8 posted 06-07-2009 01:45 PM

Very spiffy. Small things like this are impressive. They show a lot of control and skill. I appreciate that you posted the tutorial because it’s fascinating skill.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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#9 posted 06-07-2009 03:51 PM

Very nice Scott. Thanks for the idea. I’m liking round 2 of 30/30.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#10 posted 06-07-2009 08:40 PM

Thanks Scott for the link to the tutorial. I just printed it off and may try some soon.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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