Walnut Bangle Bracelet

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Project by KnotCurser posted 03-24-2010 11:41 PM 2118 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few days ago my wife asked if I could make a “chunky” bracelet and showed me one of her plastic ones.

What would any of us do except to say “YOU BET” and run out to the shop and then try to figure it out – I mean she just gave me a great excuse to spend a few more hours playing with walnut! :-)

Now, I don’t have a lathe and that made it a tad more difficult, but as you see not impossible – just required some additional thinking. Let’s see, if I take a 3 1/2” hole saw and bore through the piece like this…...... Then take a 2 3/4” hole saw and re-bore the piece through the same hole…...... Yup! That works!

What you see is the third attempt – the first was done in pine and turned out pretty well. The second was in walnut – I tried to to use a round-over bit on my router table on the edges and it quickly tore chunks out of it! Doh! Third time I skipped the router and stuck to sanding to get the shape I wanted.

All it takes after the drilling is a LOT of sanding and polishing – a good shop stereo and loud music are also a requirement! ;-)

I tried to get a picture with a flash as well as in the sun so you can see how the light is reflected. The pics still don’t do it justice. As you can see from this and my other projects – I LOVE walnut!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 03-25-2010 12:14 AM

That is really cool! Nice job!

-- Adam

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#2 posted 03-25-2010 12:33 AM

very nice job!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 03-25-2010 01:47 AM

Nice job! I’m thinking I need to make one for my wife out of purpleheart. :o)

-- "The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself in love." --Galatians 5:6

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#4 posted 03-25-2010 04:12 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#5 posted 03-25-2010 12:28 PM

Thats really nice. Only problem is if I made one I would have to give to my wife. Maybe I could wear it. Nah. Oh well, she will just have to have it.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#6 posted 04-30-2010 05:53 AM

I really like the pith in the side. way cool. looks great. I want to do one out of cocobola. What do you think? Is it too hard. or ebony? maybe way too hard.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#7 posted 04-30-2010 06:22 AM

Nice work Bob

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 04-30-2010 01:02 PM


I think any wood would work as long as a hole saw could make it’s way through it – I use metal cutting hole saws so I am pretty sure it would work. As far as polishing, the harder the wood the better!

Good Luck!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#9 posted 10-24-2010 04:21 PM

these look great…

maybe a drum sander would help speed up the sanding until you get a lathe…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 03-18-2013 02:46 PM

You could make a jam chuck with a bolt or all thread for a spindle and chuck in your DP or hand drill. This would let you sand the outside easier.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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