Heavy Duty Replacement Man's Wedding Ring

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Introduction: Heavy Duty Replacement Man's Wedding Ring

About: I am a USMC Veteran and a Mechanic. I like fixing stuff, making stuff, and being outside.

I work with my hands and as a result my wedding ring was getting bent out of shape regularly until it finally broke.  I was left needing a replacement that could take a beating.  I like to re-use things and chose to make my replacement wedding ring out of an old truck balljoint nut.
Making the nut into a ring is a process of stock removal until the desired shape and fit is acheived.
The inside bore of the nut was not large enough to fit my finger, so I used a die grinder to enlarge the bore and smooth down the threads.   
Grind off three of the six points of the nut, continue removing stock to create a rounded bottom for the ring.  I used 3M abrasive discs on the die grinder. 
Remove more metal from the nut to make it thin enough to fit comfortably.
Hand sand with progressively finer grit sandpaper to smooth and rough polish the ring.
There are several options available to prevent rust, I oil and wipe down my ring on a regular basis. 
  

Step 1: What You Will Need.

A large nut
Grinding tool; die grinder or a dremel tool
Grinding stones or carbide grinding bits
Abrasive discs or a sander
Sand Paper; medium to extra fine grit

Step 2: Inner Bore

Use the carbide or stone grinding bits to smooth out the threads and enlarge the bore of the nut enough to fit your finger.

Step 3: Stock Removal and Shaping

Using a course abrasive disc grind of three of the nuts points and round the bottom of the nut.  Remove stock until the fit is comfortable and the shape is what you want. I thinned down the sides and the face a good amount. Switch to a finer abrasive disc to smooth the surface of the metal.

Step 4: Sanding and Finishing

Hand sand to smooth and rough polish the ring.  I started with 150 grit and worked my way to 500 grit.
To prevent rust I oil and wipe down the ring.

You could give the ring a shinier polish but I chose not to because I beat the crap out of it.  Electroplating is an option I may explore down the road. 

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    Awesome ring! I made one about a week ago and have gotten quite a few positive comments! I used a stainless steel nut and now I'm just trying to figure out how I should get all of those lines out of from grinding. Any ideas? I'm going to try those different sandpapers.

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    It took a fair amount of sanding to get the grinding marks out, the small lines started to go away after using the very fine grit sandpaper. I ended the sanding process with 2000 grit, same thing I use for wet sanding car paint.

    Years ago I got hold of a six inch piece of almost 1/4 inch wall monel pipe that was about 7/8 inch in outside diameter. I make several heavy duty 'work rings' out of it. People argued hospitals would never be able to cut it off if it should get crushed. Our (wearers) response was, "If it gets crushed, I wouldn't even have a finger left if it were a 'regular' ring!! Nice project.

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    Good point, I have made similar arguements in favor of safety boots.

    Lots of injuries can make your finger swell enough to require cutting off a ring. Bee stings... Still, I love it.

    Well it looks as if you have a 2nd job. I know lots of people who buy something like this. Not just for a wedding ring, but just it is cool.

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    My Great-uncle Bill was a machinist and he would make these out of stainless steel nuts all the time. His only had one facet that could later be engraved with the wearers initial or something.

    You should show a pic of it on your hand. None of the pics show it from the "hand" angle. Nice ible. :)

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    Thank you, the first pic of the ring on my hand was out of focus and darker than I liked.

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    Wow! Mr Tough!! Very distinctive. I like.

    Nice work. My wedding ring was Titanium which was pretty much indestructible.

    It's completely brilliant! Thanks for the info!

    I like the idea, what if you used a stainless nut to start with? it would not rust! also get fancy, drill small holes and inlay diamonds

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    grinding wheel dressing diamonds would be suitable. lol.

    Nice job.
    FWIW, I spent many years as a mechanic, working on cars, boats, trucks and the like. I eventually began removing my wedding ring, watch, etc and putting them in my tool box each day. If a piece of jewelry shorts across a battery or other electrical connection it can heat to red hot in seconds. They can also snag a moving part - belt, pulley, etc. with nasty results.

    Great job. You can find here more hardcore version of ring. But this only what you can find in... tank. :-)