|Project by Bearpaw||posted 11-30-2013 08:34 PM||3807 views||19 times favorited||14 comments|
I wanted an item to make in the basement that would not require power tools, easy, cheap and with the potential to make some money.
I started by making a couple of bent wood rings and found them very easy to do. They will sell better with an inlay. So I am working on that part. I still have a couple of jigs to make and some techniques to master.
The bent wood bracelets are more easy to make. You do have to make some jigs and have a source for veneer. I am fortunate in a friend owns an architectural panel company that applies veneer to MDF for mill work installations. He has a lot of cut offs of high end veneer. Also, in Atlanta there is Carlton McLendon, Inc. that specialize in rare wood and veneers. They will sell cut offs.
Now to the jigs. The first is to make your pattern or bending anvil to shape your bracelet. I found a bracelet at Walmart and traced it to paper. Made some copies for a pattern to cut the anvil. Make sure the anvil is as thick as your bracelet is wide. The next thing is a pattern for cutting the veneer by. That is in the second picture. I tried to use a split tire tube to wrap around the anvil, but found it very clumsy, so I am off to the jig building part of my brain. I measured out a piece of aluminum flashing the width of the anvil and the length to go past the point on the bracelet where you will cut off the ends. You can hand bend the material around the anvil then place the clamp over it and tighten it up. Make sure to press down on the material and strap to be sure they are aligned. Also, wrap the anvil with some cellophane tape to keep the glue from sticking. For glue use Titebound 3 glue or any other brand of water proof glue you prefer.
It takes at lease 6 layers of veneer to form a bracelet 1/8th inch thick. Make sure you completely cover the surface with glue. Since the anvil is covered with cellophane and the clamp is aluminum, the bracelet should sit in the jig for 8 hours.
I cut off the opening with my band saw. If I do a good job of getting the edges lined up I can normally get a square cut. I round off the edges with a sanding disk in the drill press. To get the shape I want I will take a marker pen to mark around a quarter. I sand the edge on my belt sander. If you like you can put a taper to the bracelet shape. After sanding and satisfied that I am finished, I will spray some shaker can lacquer, sand and then spray again. You may want to wax and buff for a high end finish.
Bracelet #1 is stripe maple over sapele. Bracelet #2 is ash over sapele. Bracelet #3 is sapele. Bracelet #4 is walnut over ash. This is where you let the wood talk to you for getting an eye catching bracelet.
These make great Christmas, birthday gifts or for your ETSY or craft show sales. Good luck and have fun.
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