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Ambrosia Maple Bentwood Rings - Look Ma, no tools!

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Project by wellington posted 08-12-2011 12:27 AM 1850 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, about two weeks ago, I heard of these ‘bentwood rings’... and, even though I had no idea what they were, or how to make them, I figured I would do a few minutes of research, and try my hand at it.

Well, I’ve been practicing a bit, and these are the first three that I’m decently pleased with (they took about 3 evenings, after work).

They’re all ambrosia maple, just with varying degrees of color. The finish is two coats of tung, and a quick buff with my micro meshes.

These were made with no tools, none; just a dowel rod and some sand paper… which, frankly, I think is pretty cool.

They’re between ring size 7 – 9 (they were sized for a few friends), and they’re between 2 – 4mm wide.

Generally, I’ve been trying to keep the thickness to no more than 2mm, just for comfortability between your fingers.

Off to more practice!

-- I want to be a space ship when I grow up.





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SASmith

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#1 posted 08-12-2011 12:40 AM

Nice rings!
Any chance we could get a blog or description of the process?
What kind of glue did you use?
Is it a long scarf joint to join the ends?

Thanks for sharing
Scott

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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glen

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#2 posted 08-12-2011 12:54 AM

well done – puts my lathe made ones to shame! maybe i’ll have to give this technique a try… hints?

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SPalm

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#3 posted 08-12-2011 01:37 AM

Sweet. Really sweet.
But quite on the build details.
Blog please.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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SgtSnafu

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#4 posted 08-12-2011 02:18 PM

Very nicely done – I believe I see a taper – How did you slice the thin strips needed? Also did you use heat or steam to make the wood more pliable?

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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wellington

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#5 posted 08-12-2011 02:37 PM

SASmith – Thanks! Pretty much everyone has been asking for a blog on these, so, once I get a little more proficient I’ll try to put something together!

gvajcner – You should definitely give these a shot, they’re kinda time consuming… but they’re fun, and rather pretty.

SPalm – Thanks, as always :) There are still a few things I need to figure out, and then I’ll try to break the cone of silence on these things. It’s weird how little info there is on how to make them.

SgtSnafu – With an X-acto knife… and I used heat and steam to get the wood more cooperative.

-- I want to be a space ship when I grow up.

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Woodbutcher3

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#6 posted 08-12-2011 05:36 PM

Look up my buddy Rance. He is quite clever and sometimes witty
He’s done a lot of these and posted info. I’m sure he’d be able to answer any questions.
Nice job – you’ll be addicted soon.

http://lumberjocks.com/rance

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

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Woodbutcher3

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#7 posted 08-12-2011 05:37 PM

Rance made me say that….

...and his wife, Ethel, too.

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

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wellington

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#8 posted 08-13-2011 04:25 AM

i checked out his stuff, and the ring he made looks pretty awesome (might have to try that myself), but it’s not nearly the same technique :)

-- I want to be a space ship when I grow up.

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rance

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#9 posted 08-13-2011 05:34 AM

Nice job on these rings. It looks like you’ve already mastered the process. Keep up the good work.

Nevermind Rod, he is delirious. :) I’m actually quite witty but only sometimes clever. I’ve not posted any of the bentwood ones I’ve done, but I will soon.

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

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Woodbutcher3

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#10 posted 08-14-2011 12:01 AM

Never mind Rance, he’s comatose.
He has a bunch of bent wood rings and others he’s been working on.
He just produces stuff faster than he can get them on LJ.

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

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wellington

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#11 posted 08-14-2011 05:39 AM

you two are goofballs.

well, i’d love to see your work!

-- I want to be a space ship when I grow up.

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