|Project by Jim||posted 06-07-2009 09:18 AM||1929 views||5 times favorited||17 comments|
Decided on a whim to try making a wooden ring. I turned a tapered dowell out of pine. I then cut a piece of Padauk larger than needed for the ring. I drilled it with an appropriate finger sized forstner bit on the drill press. Once the smoke cleared … whew!! I then rounded the blank on the bandsaw. I press fit the blank onto the tapered dowell and mounted it on my lathe. I then turned the ring, always working towards the larger side of the dowell. If you try to work the other way, you force the ring loose. This means you work on one side of the ring, and then flip it around on the dowell to work the other side. Once it was turned to the side I wanted, I sanded to 600 grit, still on the lathe. Next over to the spindle sander to sand the inside of the ring and edges. Finally mounting it back on the lathe I polished with very fine grit sandpaper and coated with 3lb cut Shelac. Didn’t turn out bad and the whole thing, including making the dowell took me less than an hour.
-- Jim in Langley BC Canada --- www.sollows.ca