Wooden Pendants

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Project by TheDane posted 08-30-2013 09:35 PM 3505 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Decided to turn another batch of pendants using the jig I bouight from Ruth Niles ( ).

After making a couple of varying sizes, I decided to standardize and create a mounting block that takes a disk that is 2” in diameter.

I’m still playing around, trying to refine the process to turn them quicker, improve the quality, and decide if I want to start making them to sell.

The process I am using now …
1) Cut a 2 1/8” circle out of 3/4” stock on the bandsaw
2) Mount the circle on a waste block on my scroll chuck (using double-faced tape)
3) Turn the circle down to a true 2”
4) Split the circle into 2 disks with a parting tool
5) Mount one of the disks in the Joyner chuck, true up, drill the hole for the cord, add accent grooves to the back, sand to 800 grit.
6) Flip the disk around, and do the off-center work.
7) Add acrylic paint for accents
8) Turn the front, tapering down from the center, sand to 800-grit.
9) Finish with 2 coats of lacquer, string beads, etc.

In terms of materials, they are cheap to make (under 20 cents apiece), but I have close to an hour of my time in each pendant … way too much time for something that is only going to fetch a few dollars at a craft show. I’m not sure they are worth the effort … maybe I should just give them to family and friends?

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 08-30-2013 09:48 PM

Very nice Gerry! very cool!

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

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#2 posted 08-30-2013 09:54 PM

Beautiful work!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#3 posted 08-31-2013 12:16 PM

Nice work Gerry. You have been very busy.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 08-31-2013 01:17 PM

Gerry…they look nice!

I can’t tell by looking at them. Are they carved on the opposite side?

I’m looking for small trinkets to sell to help pay for my table rent at craft shows. I do a lot of work on a cnc router. They might be easy to create in batches on a cnc. Depends if they are double sided or not.

Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Mazzy, San Francisco Bay Area,

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#5 posted 08-31-2013 02:30 PM

Mazzy … The backs are flat with a couple of grooves for embellishment. Since I am using double-face tape to hold the work, I need one flat side. If I were to make a concave-faced block for the jig, I could probably do both sides.

I have been toying with the idea of building a CNC system. I have a background in computer and network engineering, and one of my daughter’s friends is a CNC engineer who has built several systems on the side.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 08-31-2013 03:31 PM

Gerry….mine was a home built purchased from I got the crp4896 which will do small artsy type projects all the way up to routing full sheets of plywood. Their prices and customer service are extraordinary.

Thanks for your help,

-- Mazzy, San Francisco Bay Area,

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#7 posted 08-31-2013 05:36 PM

Gerry the are very nice work. I’ll bet the ladies love them.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 09-01-2013 05:12 PM

COOL Goodies…

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#9 posted 09-04-2013 01:57 PM

Really pretty pendants! Like the mix of wood with leather and beads. I’m sure they will sell well.

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