My First Attempt At A Ring

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Project by PonderosaWoodButcher posted 01-28-2013 02:12 PM 1030 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at making a ring for my wife. I drilled the hole in the middle with a spade bit. I freehanded a circle around the hold and then used a jigsaw table to cut out the outside. I then turned the 1” tall cylinder on it’s side and used the jigsaw table to cut it into thirds. I used my Dremel with a sanding drum to rough out the shape and then 120 grit sandpaper to smooth it out. I put mineral oil on the ring and used my Dremel with a felt wheel soaked in mineral oil to smooth it out more. The wood is honey locust. Overall I thought it turned out pretty good for a first attempt. If you guys have any tips or suggestions they are definitely welcome.

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#1 posted 01-28-2013 04:00 PM

Hi Ponderosa, looks pretty good. I know from all my experiences with ring making. the rings made out of 1 solid piece of wood, they do not hold up!
For your first attempt this looks great.
The style which I call lamination, is a lot stronger. You use several pieces of wood stacked on top of each other with the grain orientated different ways to help give it strength. This way it is kinda like plywood.
The strongest way to make a ring is The Bentwood Method!! It is done exactly as it sounds by bending wood.
This is the strongest way to make a ring but also the most time consuming and hardest to make.
Please search Wooden rings and see what comes up! A lot of people make them.
If you want any help feel free to contact me, I will tell you all I know!
Thanks and Welcome to Lumberjocks.

P.S. Lumberjocks is Holding a Winter Contest with the Theme of Wooden Wearable’s/Jewelry Deadline to enter is Jan. 31st.

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Bennie Woods

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#2 posted 01-29-2013 12:19 PM

Ponderosa, I wouldn’t mind try my hand at that type of project. Looks good!

Robert B., you’ve done a lot of cool rings! Thanks for providING the tips and recommendations! I know that will help me when I can get around to making some of these.

-- Bennie Woods, USS FRANK CABLE, GUAM

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#3 posted 01-29-2013 06:33 PM

Someone from work asked me to make her a ring. I am going to try a laminate version out of walnut. Robert do you have a suggestion on how many layers are best to use for strength? I’ve got three 1/4” pieces glued with Titebond II and drying now, but I’m planning on this one being a test run.

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