|Project by Don Butler||posted 07-07-2009 11:07 PM||1523 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
Seeing other LumberJocks making rings made me curious at first.
Then I started to get ideas.
Then I had to do it.
My first ever wooden finger ring was made in my size just in case nobody liked it.
I started by cross laminating some exotic woods I had. They’re in sheets about 3/16” thick. I used four layers.
I also cut a hunka pine for a base to attach to the turning plate. I used a piece of cardboard as the join between the pine and the other woods.
I then started the process of making it all round by verrrrrry carefully taking the corners off with a slow speed and a very sharp chisel. There was almost no trouble during this phase. I say almost because I found out that the cardboard wasn’t quite the right thing. It parted the ring off before it was complete.
Good thing I made the OD big.
Of course, when I got the ring reattached to the turning plate it wasn’t quite centered, so more chisel work to bring everything into concentricity. A Forstner bit was used to hollow out the form, then careful scraping to bring the ID up to the right size. Sanding was done up to 2000 grit which made it look almost good enough to just wax it, but a glistening clear finish was irresistable. More slicing on the OD to shape and size it and then it was time to part it off.
With my scrollsaw I roughed out a tiny letter B (my initial). It was glued to the ring and shaped out with a dremel rotary tool with tiny carbide tips.
I’ll make more rings because I like the process. It doesn’t take a lot of wood, either!
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