Natural Cut Wood Rings

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Project by CalebGJG posted 12-18-2013 04:30 PM 1300 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m still relatively new to the whole ring making process (been at it for half a year or so). Here’s a couple rings I made recently.

I only use reclaimed wood.

The first ring pictured is cherry, and maple.

The second is poplar, and hard rock maple.

I’ve tried tons of finishing tactics, and I finally ended sealing rings in CA glue. Polished with canola oil, and beeswax.

-- --Caleb

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#1 posted 12-18-2013 06:13 PM

Hello CalebGJG

Welcome to LJ’s

Nice work on the two wood rings

I will make several in the future for friend but time is short !!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#2 posted 12-18-2013 07:20 PM

Thank you Diggerjacks.

I’m always open to any critique, or how to better my work.

Best of luck with your rings!

-- --Caleb

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#3 posted 12-19-2013 03:37 PM

Nice looking rings. How did you make the rings? Did you turn them on a lathe, hand carve them, or use some other method?

-- Max - Birmingham, AL

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#4 posted 12-19-2013 03:54 PM

Thanks max!

I don’t have a lathe. I may get one for christmas (fingers crossed).

I cut the stock with a tenon saw, and plane it down as close as I can to the dimensions (I have them in my shop).

I then bore the hole with an auger, depending on the size needed. I can usuallly get it within . 1-.3 mm or so.

I then file out the interior, and use 220 grit-500 grit-1200 grit affixed to an old rasp to get the correct size. I constantly check the mandrel, and my caliper.

I then cut the exterior as closely to finished size as I can, with my coping saw. From then on out, it is a lot of sanding.

I affixed 3 sanding pads to a granite block, which makes the sanding go much quicker, and more accurate than spot filing (at least for me).

After it is dimensioned, I finally hit it with some mineral spirits.

Burnishing hasn’t been any trouble for the CA glue I seal with. It takes around 15-20 coats on the exterior, and 10 or so on the interior of the ring. I made a mandrel jig, so I can seal a few rings at a time.

I again sand at 1200, and apply a last coat.

I then sand lightly at 1200, and apply beeswax and canola oil.

Last thing I do is polish it with a micromesh guitar cloth. It is the best thing I’ve found for the job.

If anyone has any suggestions, my ears are always open.

Thanks again.

-- --Caleb

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#5 posted 12-20-2013 12:19 AM

Great Rings…they are the bane of my life…I would hazard a guess that out of every eight I attempt only one survives. I recently got a few of eric Goetz’s Ring Core [see bangle Guy]. I have started the process to make them and will post asap…


-- WoodWrite, Busselton, Western Australia.

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