Girlfriends new ring

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Project by kolwdwrkr posted 06-19-2009 06:22 AM 1814 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, the last ring I made for my GF didn’t make it through the day. She got it caught on something and it broke. After numerous attempts to fix it, it just got worse. So, obviously the band can’t be as thin as I made the last one. This was the next step, and frankly, it blows the first one away, not only in strength but in appearance too. She likes it so much better, and I don’t see it breaking anytime soon. Well my fingers are crossed at least. This ring is Paduak, with maple hearts and squares, with ebony squares. It’s just shy of 1/4” width. This ring only took about 3 hours, and is finished with lacquer.

As always I welcome constructive criticism, positive or negative.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#1 posted 06-19-2009 07:09 AM

Good job Keith

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 06-19-2009 07:12 AM

very cool

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#3 posted 06-19-2009 07:28 AM

Nice job…how did you do the inlays?

-- Vince

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#4 posted 06-19-2009 07:45 AM

Very nice, bet she does like it.

-- 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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#5 posted 06-19-2009 08:20 AM

That really is a lot better looking than the last, its nice when the second time around is so much better. Very nice work Keith.

wonderful piece…

-- Honey... I need to buy a tool to build you a present!

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#6 posted 06-19-2009 09:39 AM

seriously, awesome job on the inlays! the last one i didn’t want to say but i think we both know was pretty rough…these are pro! i’m thinking of how to do em, but it’s always so hard to work with pieces that small! i got big clumsy hands sometimes =p hehe but i would always enjoy hearing your technique from you rather than guess, if you wouldn’t mind telling…

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#7 posted 06-19-2009 02:31 PM

Great job.

You need to make another one and blog it for us. Inquiring minds want to know!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 06-19-2009 03:49 PM

Keith: A great looking ring. Did she take it as a diamond ring ond put it on the all important ring finger?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 06-19-2009 04:16 PM

Nice job Keith. Did you do the inlays before it was cut round? If this one doesn’t hold up you might have to laminate like Scrappy does. We’ll hope for the best. Keep up the good work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 06-19-2009 05:16 PM

Karons, I never thought of that, but but it is definitely a “diamond” ring!! 4 of them set in hearts:-))

-- 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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#11 posted 06-19-2009 05:36 PM

Thanks for the compliments guys. The laminating sounds pretty interesting. I’m guessing he runs the grain in different directions for the strength, which makes sense. I will definitely give that a try. I’ll consider a short blog. It doesn’t take that long to make one.

Chris I think the other one looked pretty rough because of the amount of zoom on the camera. It was actually very smooth, and the inlays were tight. It had that one little flaw on one of the hearts. For some reason the edges look rough in the picture, but in person it looks different. I can say the same thing about this one. It looks so much better in person. You’re right though, this one is a far cry better. I’m thinking about how far I can actually take this. If they can be done without breaking or being fragile I bet they can get pretty pricy.

Mike, the inlay is done after it is sized and sanded completely smooth. I clamp it into a vice and work on it from there. The inlay material is commercial veneer like you would use in marquetry. The reason I do it after is because I want it to be completely smooth to minimize the sanding of the veneer. If I have to sand the entire piece I would cause a problem with the inlay for sure. Especially when you start to round things over a bit. The other reason is that I would hate to go through all the trouble to do the inlay work and then have it break when I go to turn the rest.

Karson, Yes she did. LOL. She said it was because she uses her right hand more then the left and she was afraid she would damage it. We all know the motive though. LOL

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#12 posted 06-19-2009 07:19 PM

Beautiful job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#13 posted 06-20-2009 02:09 AM

Great job. Beautifull inlays and finnish.

Hope this one holds up.

Keep up the good work.


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

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#14 posted 06-20-2009 02:26 AM

So has she set a date yet Keith?....................................LOL

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

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#15 posted 06-20-2009 02:27 AM

no more marriage for this cat. I’ve done learned my lesson, and so has she. We’re content being together without the paperwork.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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