Teak and Bird's Eye Maple Ring

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Project by FrankLad posted 08-05-2009 12:53 AM 3511 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Teak and Bird’s Eye Maple ring I made for my wife. It is around 6mm in width.
Finish is CA with buffed topcoat of LandArk wax.

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#1 posted 08-05-2009 12:54 AM

Very nice.

-- 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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#2 posted 08-05-2009 03:25 AM

Nice job…I like the lamination

-- Ray,Iowa

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#3 posted 08-05-2009 03:54 AM

Very nice! I’ve never seen wooden rings before. Do you turn them or work them some other way?

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#4 posted 08-05-2009 03:57 AM

Cool ring well done Frank

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 08-05-2009 04:19 AM

Thanks, everyone!

GumbyGold: Thanks! I make them by steaming (or at least soaking in water) and bending thin strips of wood. Actually no power equipment is required using this technique.

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#6 posted 08-05-2009 03:46 PM

Great work Frank. Your two-tone contrasting is impresive, any colors you tend to stay away from?

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#7 posted 08-05-2009 04:02 PM

Thanks, RobS!

I tend to use lighter woods like Maple, Birch, and Sycamore for linings. Mainly due to personal preference of having a darker wood on the outside – and having contrast – but also because I get requests for inscriptions (wedding dates, etc.) and those woods show the inscriptions better.

So far I can’t say there are any specific combinations I shy away from.

I’ve done others with darker woods on the inside. Recently did a pair of Walnut rings lined with Koa that turned out better than I had anticipated.

Lately I’ve been working on a “Ring Customizer” for my website – for my customers, AND for myself – LOL! There are so many possible combinations, it helps to get a visual idea ahead of time on how the wood colors play together.

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#8 posted 08-06-2009 08:06 AM

Frank, Another beautiful ring. Your wife shurly loves it. Great color choices can make or break a project and yours are allways fantastic.

Love all your rings. Keep it up.


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

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#9 posted 08-06-2009 08:00 PM

Thank you, Scrappy! Yeah – she really likes the ring! She actually got the idea for it using the beta/test version of the “Ring Customizer” I mentioned above. (
I’ve got lots to do on it still (and am considering taking some of the woods off – or at least having it flag certain wood combinations that aren’t the best, structure-wise) ...but as-is it gives me some good ideas. ((Works in Firefox, Opera, Chrome, and latest IE…)

I appreciate the comments!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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