How to Make a Wooden Ring





Introduction: How to Make a Wooden Ring

A ring that I had from Vietnam recently broke, leaving an emptiness on my finger and soul, so I decided to fill that emptiness with a lil bit of craftiness.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

A piece of wood preferably with an interesting grain pattern (I used wenge)
Some sort of finish
Hole saw
Forstner bit  
Drum sander
Belt Sander

Step 2: Drill the Outer Hole Partially

Guesstimate what the outer diameter of the ring should be, depending on the size of your finger and choose a hole saw accordingly. Using a drill press, drill part of the way through your piece of wood, making sure that the piece of wood being drilled stays intact with the board.

Step 3: Drill the Inner Hole Fully

Put a forstner bit a little smaller than your finger into the drill press and drill a hole through the center of the outline you've already drilled.

Step 4: Finish Drilling the Outer Hole

Put the hole-saw back in and finish drilling the outer hole. Pull the ring-shaped piece of wood out of the hole-saw.

Step 5: Sanding Galore

Use a small drum sander attachment to sand the inside of the ring to the appropriate width. I used a larger drum sander attachment to sand away the machine marks on the outside, but you can use whatever method you want.

Step 6: Getting It Down to the Right Size

I was afraid of cutting myself, so instead of cutting the ring down to the correct with, I just sanded it a bunch with a belt sander.

Step 7: Final Sanding and Finishing

I suggest hand sanding after you've got it down to the size you want. You also might want to round out the edges. I used paste wax to finish it. Some type of oil would probably also work well. I'd be careful using anything like lacquer or polyurethane because the coat might go on too thick and then it wouldn't fit your finger. Now, you should either have a beautiful ring or a useless, mangled piece of crap. If you should have a useless, mangled piece of crap, repeat steps 1-6.



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    "If you should have a useless, mangled piece of crap, repeat steps 1-6." Man that's just rude.

    I posted an article on how I go about making a simple wooden ring here: Might be worth a look for anyone needing a detailed walkthrough.

    So I am trying to make a ring for my girlfriend because she really likes wooden jewelry, but I'm not sure which way to start this project. I've read up on many different ways to do it and came across this instructable and another one that advised using wooden strips wrapped tightly around a dowel rod. I need some help with which one to use because both ideas are great, but I might not have the best tooling for this one. Thanks!

    I would recommend the second method, there's a good instructable here. Using this method the ring would be quite fragile, as the grain runs crosswise. the smallest of pressures and impacts would cause it to crack and break.

    Thanks man! I owe you one big time.

    Great Instructable. I've made 3 rings so far. One comment I must share in regards to a while ago. To get a hardened, very durable finish, I used a general purpose 2 part epoxy to fill in wood grain, and then coat in enamel clear spray (lightly).

    Also, for the wood always splitting. The tightest grain and most dense wood I've come across is Ebony Wood, Also known African Blackwood. This stuff is like wood steel, used for piano keys and gives off a liquorish odor when cut (don't know why). I've only found it online and in Woodcraft.

    Again great info, in the process of cutting down time and making a jig for a standard lathe.

    Hey KnockOnWood I was curious what 2 part epoxy you are talking about? Is that surfboard resin? Where did you pick some up? Thanks

    I just made one out of redwood. by using hand tools, the process took me a whole day, but I imagine, with power tools, it would be much easier to create a wooden ring.

    well, this seems like a project worth doing :D <3 rings
    i really never thought of making wood rings, only focusing on metal :/
    i don't have any power tools but the drill, but i will definitely make this by hand :D
    thanks for the inspiration!

    what is the best wood to use for this?