My First Ring

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Project by Scrappys_Squirt posted 06-10-2009 07:16 AM 1815 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first ring I’ve made by hand, made of Leopard wood and ebony
we don’t have a lathe so I re-sawed the wood and glued my “sandwich” together with tite-bond II waterproof glue and left it overnight. Then I drilled out the center and sanded to size. After that I jigsawed around the outside (way to far away this stuff doesn’t sand well lol its hard as a rock). then I used he belt sander to sand it closer the rounded the edges off by hand. I soaked it in water then sanded it more, then went to 1200 grit and finished it with several coats of paste wax

I wanted to go with more of a flat profile hoping to get a few spots with the leopard wood rather then a more rounded profile, still didn’t get much from them but that’s ok. I really like the way the grain came out on the sides of the ring and at the end grain where its really dark with the light stripes, I didn’t really get very many spots out of the leopard wood but its pretty anyways.

All comments and critiques are welcome

Thanks for looking!

-- Amanda

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#1 posted 06-10-2009 07:23 AM

Great job Sguirt.

Isn’t sanding the most fun ever? hahaha


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

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#2 posted 06-10-2009 08:21 AM

Looks good to me. I thought about trying bracelets, but never rings :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 06-10-2009 11:29 AM

Looks like this is turning into a family business. Well done Amanda, beautiful job. What with gold prices skyrocketing, I definitely think your on to something here.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 06-10-2009 02:56 PM

That turned out great! I haven’t had a chance to make one yet, but I have done a lot of turning on a lathe and some wood just doesn’t scale down as well. By that, I mean that you just won’t get the look on smaller pieces that you do with a larger piece of the same wood. It may sound obvious, but I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had people ask me if I use Oak to make pens. Sure, a room looks stunning trimmed in oak panels, but it just doesn’t look good when it’s confined to 3/8” x 6” object. I think this ring does have some of the nice looking “lace” effect of the leapordwood, but you may have been expecting to see some of the patterns you get on the planer side of the wood with the spots. Maybe a different orientation would give you your desired results. Again, I think it looks great. Keep up the good work.

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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#5 posted 06-10-2009 03:57 PM

very nice ring well done

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 06-10-2009 06:43 PM


I’d wear this and I don’t wear jewelry any more! Would a 50/50 mix of distilled water and alcohol help soften this type of wood? I use it when I carve to soften up wood that has been dried too much. And maybe a scraper made for the contour of the ring?

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#7 posted 06-11-2009 04:15 AM

Thanks everyone this ring was really fun to make, I have plans for more made of purple heart and ebony as a 4 piece set for me, my mom, sister, and my best friend of 16 yrs.

Elaine – I’m not sure if that would work or not I’ll have to investigate more lol

Thanks for all the nice comments

-- Amanda

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#8 posted 06-11-2009 06:50 AM

This is a lovely ring – I really like the colors. I just made one for my son – similar technique – I also do not have a lathe and spent a long time sanding! I didn’t think to soak it, though. What’s the purpose of that? I finished mine with polyurethane because that’s what I had on hand. Does anyone know…is there a disadvantage to a poly finish?

-- Where did all this sawdust come from?

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#9 posted 06-12-2009 01:38 AM

Maax, Soaking the ring will raise the grain and sanding while wet will smooth it back out. That way if ( when ) the ring gets wet while in use, it still remains smooth.

A poly finnish works good. The only problem is ware and tare. It will ware off and start flakeing. Will have to be sanded and re-done after a while. The more use it gets the faster this will happen.

Hope this helps.


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

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#10 posted 02-23-2010 05:01 AM

That is a very nice ring- and made without a lathe, too. I’m really impressed! Thanks for sharing.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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