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Project by PurpLev posted 1423 days ago 1920 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked me to make her a ring holder in the shape of a pyramid or some sort to have a dedicated place for the rings as sometimes they need to be searched for 8o) .

At first I thought I’d rig my drill press to turn something, but thought it may be too much trouble at the moment while I’m still trying to organize the garage, plus I didn’t feel like messing around with jigs and fixtures – although in the future I may set something up. I ended up shaping this entirely with my block plane and a HD rasp. I kinda like how it came out.

Someone posted a while back how small a cutoff needs to be to be trashed. This ring holder was actually made of a cuttoff piece of curly maple that I used to make my #6 plane tote It’s made from the cutoff piece behind the tote where you can see the initial curve that I used as a base for this holder:

I chiseled the waste as close as I could to my planned shape, and rasped the rest while also rounding it all off. the bottom was then chamfered to give it a distinct looks like it’s a free standing piece.

Finish is 1 coat of BLO, and 2 coats of oil poly (minwax)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.





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jack1

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#1 posted 1423 days ago

It is downright painful to throw away even the smallest piece of wood that is special. My hat’s off to you for this piece. Thanks for sharing. Jack p.s. funny, I was the first to comment on you hammer too! ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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gjd

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#2 posted 1423 days ago

Very neat solution. Reminds me a bit of a Rhino horn and certainly has great character.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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Karson

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#3 posted 1423 days ago

Sharon A great piece and a nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 1423 days ago

Nice job! Looks a bit like an ancient fertility symbol to me. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Gerry

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#5 posted 1423 days ago

Great accomplishment! You fulfilled the desire of the most important person in your life, created a beautiful and useful item, and did it all with a piece of special wood. Bravo!

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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BigTiny

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#6 posted 1423 days ago

Hmmmmm… Since this looks much like a raised digit and is meant to act as a stand in for one, and since she liked the gift, I guess you could say you gave her the finger and she was happy about it! ;)

Seriously, really nice idea and a great use of what many people would think of as scrap. As long as you can see it, it’s too big to toss out.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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ellen35

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#7 posted 1423 days ago

Never, ever throw anything away!!!
You have proved that point beautifully!
Great piece of wood… very nice ring holder!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Maveric777

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#8 posted 1422 days ago

What a clever and well executed idea. I have a bunch of curly maple cut offs in the shop I just didn’t have the heart to throw away…. Think I know what I plan on doing with them now. I know a bunch of women in my life who would love something similar.

Thanks a bunch for sharing…..

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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WoodenFrog

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#9 posted 1422 days ago

Very neat idea! Great use of scrap wood. Great work.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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BritBoxmaker

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#10 posted 1422 days ago

Nicely sculpted. Thnaks for posting

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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mafe

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#11 posted 1422 days ago

Hi,
My first thought was also the Rhino, and my French girlfriend was saying a strong finger, so I can see we were not all of.
Nice little ring holder, and I’m sure it made you popular.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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b2rtch

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#12 posted 1422 days ago

CharlieM1958,
I fully agree.

-- Bert

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PurpLev

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#13 posted 1422 days ago

Thanks for the comments everyone – indeed it looks like all those things mentioned. on a side note – I trashed a 32 hallong bag of scrap wood today – just can’t hold onto scrap anymore, it’s over filling the garage :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Woodbutcher3

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#14 posted 1422 days ago

Unicorn!

Nice work – short project with value and sentiment, too.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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NormG

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#15 posted 1422 days ago

fantastic design

-- Norman

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