Three rings, but no circus!!

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-01-2010 04:17 AM 1939 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw some rings made by some LJ’s and decided to make a few to see if I could do it. My grandaughter
( princess #3) said she would like a wood ring for her and her little grilfriend at school. I made 2 of them from purple heart and maple( 5 layers) and the purple heart cracked loose on both of them( no pictures). So, I thought I’d make them some solid wood ones out of Apricot and also make one for me out of Osage Orange.
Here they are: They are easy to turn and I made a split mandrel to hold them for the second cut to finish the second side. They have been polished with EEE and finished with Shellawax and then I clear lacquered them to make them resist water and hold the shine.

Notce the difference in grain direction. I think they look good either way!

I just added some pics of the mandrel I use to turn the second side of the ring to finish it. I put the mandrel in the nylon collet I made for my wood lathe chuck. Then to hold the ring, I just tighten the 1/4-20 flat head cap screw in the center and the mandrel expands to hold the ring tight. I found that the mandrel expands about .060” so I made three of them for the most popular sized rings

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 06-01-2010 04:20 AM

They all look great Jim

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#2 posted 06-01-2010 04:29 AM

looks like FUN

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 06-01-2010 04:33 AM

Interesting project, never thought of doing these

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

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#4 posted 06-01-2010 04:48 AM


-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 06-01-2010 08:19 AM

Great rings. Sure the girls will be very happy.

Keep it up.


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

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#6 posted 06-01-2010 11:22 AM

Very nice rings. Looks like I’m going to try this ring thing out, after seeing so many of them on here.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#7 posted 06-01-2010 01:44 PM

I’m sure that the litte princess will like them! Could you give some info on the split mandrel? I’m sure that there are others, like me, that would like to try the rings. Thanks!

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#8 posted 06-01-2010 04:09 PM

Nice work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#9 posted 06-01-2010 09:07 PM

That looks nice Jim. I would like to see how it is done.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#10 posted 06-01-2010 11:49 PM

Nice rings, I also made two rings out of pecan. One of them broke and my wife wears the other one, so far it’s lasted 3 months.

-- If it ain't broke don't fix it, if you fix it make it better than it has to be.

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#11 posted 06-02-2010 05:21 AM

Hi Cher. I’d do a blog on making the rings but I cannot load photos on the blog site. You need some special software and it will not download on my computer. So, I’ll tell you here and take a couple of pics and put them in the 5 open boxes.
I glue a flat 3/8 thick piece of wood to a short dowel. Then I put the dowel in my nylon collet in my chuck and turn the outside round a a bit oversize. I drill and bore the inside to the correct finger size. I use a digital caliper for measuring. Then I turn the outside to size with about a .150” wall thickness and round over the ring( you can do any outside detail you can think of). I sand and finish the outside of the ring, I then part it off to a thickness a little wider then the finished size. I turn it around and mount it on a split expanding mandrel that goes into the ring about 1/8”. Then I turn the other side , sand and finish it. and it is done.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 12-28-2012 12:20 AM

Cool Rings Jim!!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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