Woodring #1

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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!


-- Will trade wife's yarn for wood.

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 07-07-2009 11:12 PM

nice work … gotta make a ring someday myself


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#2 posted 07-08-2009 01:31 AM

Nice work/ Like the wood choices/colors

Keep it up.


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Don "Dances with Wood" Butler

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#3 posted 07-08-2009 03:05 PM

Second guessing myself is an old, bad habit.

I’m thinking, now, the dinky little initial “B” needs to be replaced by something nicer.

I’ll work on that later, after the toilet repair upstairs and the floor repair on the first floor.

You don’t own a 200 year old house, it owns you!


-- Will trade wife's yarn for wood.

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#4 posted 07-09-2009 02:58 AM

Nice job Don, Its nice to do a project that doesn’t include going to the lumber yard and emptying your wallet upon leaving. I can also attest that a 140 year old house can own you too.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#5 posted 07-09-2009 06:56 PM

Very cool ring, I too will have to give it a go. Looks like fun.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 07-10-2009 06:54 PM

Well, since this is my first wood ring, there was a lot to be learned.
I didn’t like the tiny letter “B”, so I made a bigger one.
The ring was too thick between my fingers so I did so hand work on the sides and back to thin it out. I also made the back of the ring sides narrower so it wasn’t too bulky when I closed my hand.
Here’s what it looks like now.


-- Will trade wife's yarn for wood.

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#7 posted 10-29-2014 03:26 PM

very cool!

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