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Project by AshM posted 755 days ago 1339 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are three rings I have made recently. All are made from french walnut using a bentwood method. one is inlaid with horse chestnut and one with crushed malachite. It’s quite a lengthy process, especially when inlaying with crushed stone!





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rance

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#1 posted 755 days ago

Welcome to LJ. Those are all three very nice AshM. I like the bentwood ones too.

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

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MonteCristo

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#2 posted 755 days ago

Nice rings ! I had never heard of this process. Thanks for posting !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#3 posted 755 days ago

What do you call “horse chestnut”, the white band in the second one? That does not look like wood, so I’d guess it’s carved from the fruit/nut, but how do you do that, then preserve and finish it?

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WoodenFrog

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#4 posted 755 days ago

Very Nice Bentwoods!! Very Nice!!
I too build wooden rings, would you mind if I sent you a message to ask a little about your process?
Great work! There beautiful!
Thanks for sharing.
Welcome to Lumberjocks

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

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rance

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#5 posted 755 days ago

Not allowed Robert. Go public or go home. :D Just kidding.

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

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AshM

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#6 posted 755 days ago

@Damien
I agree, it doesn’t look like wood, it has almost a resin or plastic look, but it is in fact a veneer cut from the sapwood of a horse chestnut tree ;)

@Robert
Thanks for the compliments, feel free to send me a message, or just post questions here, I really don’t mind. I’d also be keen to hear about your process, you have some amazing pieces and have been making them for longer than I have!

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Rob W

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#7 posted 754 days ago

Very nice! I would love to see a blog on this.

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!, http://www.witzkewood.com

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WoodenFrog

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#8 posted 754 days ago

AshM, Thanks for the info on the horse chestnut tree. It does kinda look like plastic or bone.
Thanks for the compliments on my rings, I try to have fun with it and try to a lot of different things with them.
If You want to know anything about mine just ask, I have no problem to share what little I know.
As for a few questions I would like to ask you are:
1. What is your process for bending, Steam/soak/boil or some other way of heating the wood to bend it?
2. When it comes to inlay work, are you using 2 pieces of wood and leaving a gap down the middle to put the inlay in or are you just cutting a groove then filling it with the inlay material? The latter is how I do it!
3. Are you using store bought/pre-cut veneer or are you cutting the veneer yourself?
4. What finish did or are you using? CA glue?

I have been building them a little longer than you but your work is just beautiful!! I think when it comes to
bentwoods you are way past me.
I thank you (IN ADVANCE) for any help you share with me and my fellow Lumberjock members!
I think all of Lumberjocks would love to see a blog on the bentwoods, a few have asked me and I do not feel at this time I could do it justice.

OK RANCE!! I KEPT IT PUBLIC!! :) :) :P

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

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AshM

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#9 posted 748 days ago

To answer your questions;
1. I prefer to boil the wood for around 10 minutes, depending on the wood. I’ve tried steaming and can’t seem to get consistent results.
2. I also cut a groove for the inlay!
3. I have tried to cut the veneer myself and hope to perfect the technique, but until I do I’m using pre-cut veneer. It’s hard to come by in the U.K, we don’t have a great variety available.
4. I do indeed use CA glue, on top of oil ( different oils for different woods).

Thanks again for the compliments, I’m hoping to turn this into a business in the very near future, already working on my first order of wedding rings for a friend!

A blog would be a good idea and something I’ll have to think about, maybe when I’ve defined the process a little more to myself and bought a camera, I’m relying on someone else for the photos at the moment.

I’m working on a horse chestnut ring at the moment, it really does look like bone! I’ll post pictures when it’s done:)

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rance

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#10 posted 742 days ago

Good on you Robert. :) Thanks for sharing AshM. And btw, for the veeners we use for bentwood rings, try using your Tablesaw rather than a bandsaw. Bandsaws are typically used for cutting veneers because we usually want wide pieces. For rings, we can use 1/2” strips. Practice with some Pine or other expendable wood, then try something you want to really use. I think you’ll be surprised how well you can do with the TS.

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

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AshM

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#11 posted 729 days ago

Cheers for the info Rance, although I don’t own a bandsaw or a table saw, I’ll have to find someone who will let me try theirs. I’ve tried using my tenon saw with some decent results, but I’m just not accurate enough to get a consistent thickness of 0.6mm. I’d like to use only hand tools to make these rings, but a table saw would be perfect!

Mark

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