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Who says that there is a piece of wood too small? I don’t. These two rings are made from saw dust. While my wife was pregnant last year her finger were too swolen to wear her wedding rings so i did something about it. I swept up some saw dust, glued it together and turned a ring for her on my lathe. Thoughts anyone?





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Dallas

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#1 posted 730 days ago

+1

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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NHwood

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#2 posted 730 days ago

Awsome! How did you get it to a form that you could mount it on the lathe? Also curious about how you finished it, because it looks great.

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josh

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#3 posted 730 days ago

My thoughts are that that is cool.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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TDSpade

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#4 posted 730 days ago

Very interesting, more info please.

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oldnovice

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#5 posted 730 days ago

Sawdust and glue! The glue must have been an epoxy. Correct? Did you mold these or turn these after curing?

Very good looking rings ….. a potential product?

You know I have that same problem!
I can never throw a piece of lumber away. But sawdust? I haven’t thought about that, but I could get rid of my shop vac. Plywood and the like is not problem.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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WoodenFrog

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#6 posted 730 days ago

Very nice Rings, I love this idea!
A fellow LJ’s member Rance made one of these a while back for the gorrila glue challenge and won!
He did his in a mold of some kind then on a lathe I think.
Great Job I love them.

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

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Brett StClair

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#7 posted 730 days ago

Cool Idea!
Same questions as everyone else. How did you form them initially? What glue did you use? How did you mount in the lathe?
Please provide more details if you wouldn’t mind.

-- "Make things as simple as possible... but not any simpler." - Albert Einstein

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drbyte

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#8 posted 730 days ago

Great rings!! Waaaaay back when I was in high school we used glue and sawdust mixture in quart size milk cartons with the tops cut off. We cut a plug to fit the carton and used a pipe clamp on the whole thing to compress the sawdust and glue. After curing (it took a couple of weeks or so) we put the square chunks on the lathe and made absolutely beautiful lamps from those glued up blanks!! We used every species of sawdust of every color we could get our hands on. We used regular old wood glue. Same process could be done on a smaller scale for the rings maybe. Something to definitely play with since it gives such awesome results!

-- Dennis, WV

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 730 days ago

Nice work. Was the glue hard on the tools or not much difference?

helluvawreck
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Firemandave

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#10 posted 730 days ago

Very nice, great idea, I’m sure she will treasure them forever

-- Dave Hamm, http://www.hammswoodworks.com

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terryR

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#11 posted 729 days ago

I’ve often wondered about ‘making’ woof from sawdust…especially when I’m lifting heavy 3/4” panels of advantec…what glue did you use? epoxy I assume?

gotta play with idea…thanks for sharing those sweet rings!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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MrsN

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#12 posted 729 days ago

very cool idea…lots of possibilites. If you are up to it you should blog some of the process.
I am now re-thinking my recent shop cleaning spree, all that dust gone.

-- ----- www.KNWoodworking.com ----- --

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monkeyman83

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#13 posted 728 days ago

To all.
I dampened the sawdust with a little bit of water just to get the mositure level back up. I drilled out a piece of 2×4 with a forstner bit. Do not drill all the way through. Make sure that you use a bit much bigger than your final product. Line the hole with saran wrap. I used Gorilla glue and mixed it in with the saw dust. I packed the saw dust into the form as tightly as i could. Using a large dowel helps to pack it in. When i got to the point that there was sawdust protruding from the hole even with the packing i covered the sawdust with more saran wrap. I then put another piece of 2×4 on top and clamped them together as tight as i could. Crackling and popping is to be expected since the Gorilla glue requires pressure to activate. I waited 48 hours for the glue to cure. The solid piece of “saw dust” should pop right out. If not…no problem. Drill through the center of the saw dust, mount on a mandrel on the lathe and turn it out. It’s not too hard on the tools and i finished the rings with superglue. Some elbow grease will be required to ensure a proper fit to the persons finger. Have fun all.

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