Picture of Hand-crafted wooden ring from fallen wood

I've frequented Instructables for years, though this is the first time I've made my own Instructable.

I'm nothing of a craftsman, though I learned quite a bit from my late father, and in his recent passing I decided to try to take what I learned and create something as a memorial to him, this is what I came up with.

Edit: I just want to thank everyone who voted for me in this contest. I didn't realize the contest was going on when I was creating this ring, but I was given the option to enter what I created the Instructable. Never would I have though I would actually have placed, especially as I did. I can't begin to convey how proud and sad I feel for winning, and how proud my father would be. Thank you, just thank you everyone.

Materials Used:
Rotary tool
Sandpaper of various grits (150-2.5K)
Red Mahogany 225 stain
Clear Gloss Polyurethane
Crafting iron with wood burning tip

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Step 1: Finding your wood and prepping it

The first step for this was to find some wood suitable for crafting! This was a very difficult thing to do for myself, as I don't have my own property to look for wood on and I wasn't about to go cutting up trees to get it.
So I decided to go down to my local park and take a walk through the forest to find something suitable that had recently fallen, and through lengthy searching I finally found the perfect tree.

Now, unfortunately I couldn't take this entire thing home. So taking out my leatherman I cut off a decent section for use.
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keenanm164 months ago
turned out well, lost my wedding ring so I made a new on out of some red oak.
BastardlyDungeon (author)  keenanm163 months ago

That looks absolutely amazing!

Thank you for sharing your process! I'm definitely going to give this a try over the next few days. I have some chunks of wood sitting around left over from a Valentine's project and I wanted to find something to do with it instead of just throwing it back outside. Finding the perfect pieces in nature to use is part of the fun. Thanks again!

padi43214 months ago
love this and am going to try make one for my mother would apple be a good wood choice?
BastardlyDungeon (author)  padi43213 months ago

Sorry for the late late reply. The harder or flexible the wood the better.

AARENAARON9 months ago

very Artistic :)

something123411 months ago
This is truly a work of art. Keep up the amazing work. A Forstener bit would definitely speed up the process. Do you mind listing the grit you used in order? I'd really appreciate it. Keep up the good work, and your father will be looking down from the heavens proud.
BastardlyDungeon (author)  something123411 months ago
60 (for grinding)
cainn11 months ago
How do you know what size You should make the inner circle to fit just right??
BastardlyDungeon (author)  cainn11 months ago

First you have to know your ring size, but if you look online you can find easy to use charts that will tell you the measurements you need to use. After that it's just trial and error for getting it to fit properly while you're sanding

Bill WW11 months ago

Great work and very well written.

Someone should be able to identify the wood from your photo of the tree. Must be some type of good hardwood, not all wood will polish up that nicely.

Yes, post a good photo of the leaves, you have a lot of people curious!

BastardlyDungeon (author)  Bill WW11 months ago

I took two more pictures of the same kind of tree, the problem is everything that's alive has lost its leaves, and everything that's dead is, well, dead.

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My wife, who knows everything, says it is a willow, but there are many varieties of willow. Search Google for images, willow, and you will see similar leaves.

Definitely not maple.

thyCreator11 months ago
How long did this take you?
BastardlyDungeon (author)  thyCreator11 months ago
The majority of it I did in one afternoon, but the staining and coating took several days time.
dakotajohn11 months ago

I've made a few out of Purpleheart - the first one for my daughter and the second for her cousin. I used my lathe, but didn't sand as finely as you did. Yours looks much better than mine did. I plan on making more, so I will pick up some finer sandpaper for finishing!

BastardlyDungeon (author)  dakotajohn11 months ago

I was nothing short of amazed at the difference between sandings, I didn't know beforehand that I'd actually be able to sand wood that smooth.

rnorton211 months ago

well done. any suggestion on wood choice? what wood to avoid?

rnorton2 rnorton211 months ago

from the pictures that tree looks familiar the bark is smooth and shiny in some areas and leaves are long and slender. the leaf shape is similar to a willow. it escapes me it's not uncommon, you live up north, i assume. any guesses?

BastardlyDungeon (author)  rnorton211 months ago

Colorado, here's two photos of the same kind of tree (also dead)

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BastardlyDungeon (author)  rnorton211 months ago
Any kind of hard wood with a tight grain would be best, but im unsure of what I used personally.

Wear it! Otherwise you will never look at it and remember. What are you saving it FOR? Use it now while you're still here.

good idea...and yes it is well made...lots of love went into you know what type wood it is....
BastardlyDungeon (author)  jimmitchell194312 months ago
I unfortunately don't, I'm sorry

B.D. From the looks of the bark it may be maple , I can't tell by the leafs . But great job .

BastardlyDungeon (author)  mmauk11 months ago

After college tomorrow I may be searching for more material, if I can find the tree again I'll see if I can get a better picture if you want. I'm fairly curious as to what kind of wood I used, I'm unfamiliar with most trees.

snoopindaweb11 months ago

Forstner bits would be a big help if You make more visits to the park. ~( :-})={

BastardlyDungeon (author)  snoopindaweb11 months ago

Indeed! I'll have to look into those, as one of my friends is getting me some mahogany and I'm going to take another crack at this.

D4v011 months ago

That's awesome !!!. It's a nice and perfect wood-craft, I recently begin to made things of wood, it's hard but worthy.

ArticAkita11 months ago

Wow! what a gorgous bit of work! you give yourself too little credit, that looks NICE! gonna have to run me down a nice fallen birch to select a section of it.

tdenney1611 months ago

I REALLY wanna do this!! Thanks!!! :D

chuckyd11 months ago

With wood, you need to start no higher than 100 grit, and work your way up, 120, 150, 180, 220, 300 and 400. Higher grits are effective only on the hardest woods, such as Wenge, Ipe, and Iron Wood. After coating with a finish, still start with a 150 grit, but with finishes you can take it on up to the 1k and 2k. For a truly invisible scratched surface, go on up to 12k.

I think adding the patina of use actually adds to the beauty of an object.

percy33711 months ago

Well done. That's a beautiful piece of work, I bet your father would be proud.

vopo11 months ago

Very nice! That would have taken a short lifetime to sand :P

terezkaterka11 months ago

Tak to je pekná práca.

thyCreator11 months ago
Pretty sweet I'm gunna try this over the next few days for multiple rings and try and get the hang of it before I make one for my friend
Lifeseeker11 months ago
thank, very simple and no big wording.
inkbladder11 months ago
Good job. It looks great.
gravityisweak11 months ago
Making rings, I feel like it would be really easy to drill and size more than one at a time, then cut them later on.
BayRatt11 months ago

Nicely done. I love the idea and that it is approachable for the novices among us. And I love the emotional connection. One day I think I'd like to give it a try, and I hope that my attempt will look anything near as good as yours. :-)

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