Wooden Ring

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Project by ToddHolmDotCom posted 01-09-2012 11:57 PM 1812 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you check out the Wedding Gift I made for my wife and the Christmas ornaments that are stripes and this ring you will notice a pattern. I like Red Heart and Maple, I like to use up my scrap wood and even the smallest pieces can be turned into something people with love. This ring is Red Heart and Maple and finished with CA glue. I thought it would be more fragile than it is. But my wife wears it daily and it is holding up well. It was a fairly easy turning project too (or maybe I just had beginners luck).

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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#1 posted 01-10-2012 12:50 AM

Beautiful ring Todd great job.

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#2 posted 01-10-2012 09:18 AM

Wow! Great looking ring! Nice work!

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

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#3 posted 01-10-2012 03:36 PM

I’ve been thinking of making a ring for my fiance, but I’d like to try a few practice ones to see what works best. This looks pretty nice, no wonder she wears it every day. How long has she been wearing it? I had wondered about how well they would hold up

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#4 posted 01-10-2012 04:36 PM

Ben, she has been wearing it since Christams (so not long) I think the key to durability is that you have to find a way to reduce the weakness of the gaining. If it were made from one solid piece of wood you could easily snap it because there would be weakness on the endgrain. Most rings I have seen use two or more (usually 3) pieces of wood or other materials laminated together. When you do it that way and alternate the grain you have a srtong and stable side to reinforce the weak end grain. I have seen rings that use a countertop laminate to make an interior line of a contrasting color. That too would be stable and sturdy. My first attemp used a sheet of brass sandwiched between two pieces of purple heart. The problem was the brass would heat up too much during the turning or drilling and it would come apart. I am still working on that one. I think maybe if I make a jig and drill all the pieces (and maybe even cut the brass roundwith a bandsaw or jigsaw) before I laminate them and take the turning slowly with lots of small breaks to keep it from heating up that might do it. But give it a shot, its fun.

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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#5 posted 02-26-2012 04:36 AM

Great looking ring, very nice work.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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