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Rosewood Ring with Braided Maple Inlay

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Project by FrankLad posted 05-28-2010 06:22 PM 8292 views 19 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was not a commissioned ring, but one I decided to try for fun.

The base of the ring is rosewood, with a channel cut out in the center for the inlay.

Each of the three maple strands were carefully cut to around .5mm and soaked in water before braiding.

I learned a couple things in doing this, and I believe the next one should turn out better (ie. tighter braids)

Finishing is more difficult in this scenario than it is with a smooth-surfaced wooden ring. I’m considering using a thicker viscosity CA or epoxy to totally fill the channel (would have to drop the braids a bit lower into the ring) to get a smooth finish, and offer better protection of the braids.

I’m also experimenting with other woods for the braids, and plan to mix some for color variation in the strands.

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings - http://www.bentwoodrings.com





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#1 posted 05-28-2010 06:32 PM

Very cool ring very nice design

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-28-2010 06:37 PM

that is really awesome…did you just glue the braid to the ring??

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#3 posted 05-28-2010 06:42 PM

That is fantastic! Great job.

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thatwoodworkingguy

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#4 posted 05-28-2010 06:52 PM

Nice ring.

-- thatwoodworkingguy.com ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#5 posted 05-28-2010 07:05 PM

Really cool, Don’t let my wife see this. LOL As I’m a Aircraft Electrician and don’t wear rings, she might insist… Real Nice…..............

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 05-28-2010 07:24 PM

how did you make the channel? If I remember you do not use a lathe…

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#7 posted 05-28-2010 07:52 PM

Amazing as always, your bent wood technique still puzzles me. Great work!

-- Blair

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#8 posted 05-28-2010 07:54 PM

Great job and nice ring !

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FrankLad

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#9 posted 05-28-2010 08:25 PM

Many thanks for the kind words, guys!

a1jim: Thank you, sir!

dakremer: I did glue the braid into the ring. Actually, I had to glue a little at a time as I was braiding to keep things together as I moved along.

Lupo: Thanks a lot!

thatwoodworkingguy: Thank you! :)

ken90712: Ha ha! I appreciate the kind words!

rlwilson: In this case I placed the ring onto a mandrel, connected to a handheld drill. I’ve also done them before by placing the ring flat and turning by hand, scoring the two edges, (craft knife is placed on various thin stock material to alter height, changing width of inlay) and then cutting the middle out. Once the edges are scored clean, the middle is pretty easy.

Blair Helgason: Thank you! As far as the bentwood technique, the trick is to get the wood thin, make it pliable (water/steam), and support the inside (w/ forms) and outside (heavy cloth or simply thumb pressure) while bending. Also, I’ve realized some folks assume it’s a solid piece that’s bent and connected with a scarf joint, whereas I actually bend a very thin (1/2 mm) piece around multiple times.

olg28: Thank you very much!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings - http://www.bentwoodrings.com

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#10 posted 05-28-2010 08:41 PM

that is one nice ring

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#11 posted 05-28-2010 10:09 PM

Great work keep at it, everything improves with the next try.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#12 posted 05-28-2010 11:32 PM

Wow! This really caught my eye. (Ouch!)
Wonderful design and workmanship

Thanks

-- http://shepherdtoolandsupply.com/

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FrankLad

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#13 posted 05-28-2010 11:43 PM

levan: I really appreciate that! :)

NormG: Thanks! I hope so. I’m looking forward to hopefully getting better (and possibly faster) at these.

Kent: Many thanks!!! :)

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings - http://www.bentwoodrings.com

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#14 posted 05-29-2010 01:00 AM

O.K. Now youve gon and don it. Those rings are great. It makes me want to try one myself. I went to your site and was amazed.

-- Couldn't think of anything clever. I LIKE WOOD

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#15 posted 05-29-2010 01:44 AM

Yup…....Knew better than to show your projects to my wife…...Guess what she wants me to do now…...Your rings are outstanding…........

-- Let's see......what can I use this for?

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