First attempt at a bentwood ring

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Project by RTosto posted 03-10-2011 10:59 PM 2343 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was the first bentwood ring I made.

It’s made from birch, which I attempted to stain before wrapping. I only had access to birch at the time and wanted a darker look. Once I started sanding I noticed that the stain did not penetrate very deep (I did not use a pre-conditioner) and as I sanded through a few layers, I kept it sort of mottled since I liked the effect.

Assembling was a royal pain. Although I had everything prepared and mentally rehearsed beforehand, I still got stuck to it a lot! You really gotta move fast.

I sanded this from 220 to 400, 800, wet emery, then micromesh. I finished it with a few layers of CA, which was also sanded in similar steps. I wrote on the inside “2 Cor 5:17”, one of my favorites, with a sharpie just to see if the CA would dissolve the ink.

The inner seam is very visible. It also ended up substantially over sized from my target, which is why I couldn’t really smooth the seam very much.

I learned some valuable lessons from this one, and I might play with the shallow stain and layered look later. Nothing like learning something new!

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#1 posted 03-10-2011 11:22 PM

Welcome to the club! from what I see it looks very nice. A few more pics at different angles would be cool.
Do you know of Frank (Franklad) of Stout woodworks He is A fellow LJ Member and is work is awesome.
There are alot of people on here who make rings, Scrappy does some awesome work and really beautiful segemented rings, you can also check out Junji and YorkshireStewart.
Also David Finches work of Touchwood Rings, I don’t think he is a LJ”S Member but his work is worth a look!
Great Job and if I can help please let me know! Robert ( WoodenFrog)

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

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#2 posted 03-11-2011 12:08 AM

very nicely done. good job!

-- Clarence

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#3 posted 03-11-2011 12:16 AM

The riing looks nice. Dyes seem to penetrate deeper than stains, if you need to again. I’ve tried a couple, but I used Gorilla Glue(polyurethane). Messy, yes, but it gave me some time to work. Yes, you need to taper the inside. More pictures would be nice, try cropping them too if you can. :) Thanks for posting, and welcome to LJ.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 03-11-2011 12:26 AM

WoodenFrog – I’ve checked out Frank’s work and it’s pretty amazing. It’s great to look at such fine work to get some motivation. It’ll be many more months if not years of trial and error to get to that level!

Rance – Good to know about the dyes, I’ll look into that; thanks. I actually just tried one with Gorilla Glue and besides being a sloppy mess (that stuff is slippery before it tacks) it seems pretty strong. I tacked the beginning and end with CA just to keep in place and did the rest with GG. Have you encountered any bubbles or foam in laminate when sanding?

Cropping, right, forgot about that!

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#5 posted 03-11-2011 02:31 AM

Nice work, just takes a couple to get a system down

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

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#6 posted 03-11-2011 04:17 AM

OK, now it looks very very nice. :) I never thought of tacking the end down with CA, That should help on the next one. The first two I used the dark GG, they did fine. Later I tried one with the lighter color GG and it posed a problem.

In the process of wrapping it around, at the very end I’ve actually sorta let the tips of the glove tack to the ‘glob’ and wrapped the glove around the glob as a clamp. Wrap it with tape to secure the glove. Afterwards, it is a mess sanding/cutting past the glove to get to the ‘good stuff’, but the result was no gaps or bubbles. Keep em coming.

I looked up some ring sizing early on that might interest you.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 03-11-2011 09:20 AM

nice work

-- Gintaras,

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