Make Wood Rings (No Tools Required)

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Introduction: Make Wood Rings (No Tools Required)

In this tutorial video I show how to make wooden rings out of veneer. This is a great project that doesn't require many tools. In fact all you really need is some super glue, a knife, sandpaper and some tape. Having a lathe or a drill will most definitely help speed up the process. Even if you're not a woodworker you probably already have all the tools necessary for this quick and simple project. I did find that the first couple rings I made were a bit sloppy but by the time you make your third one you'll get the hang of it and make some beautiful bentwood rings. I used this technique to make my own wedding rings for myself and my wife. It's a very rewarding project and suggest you give it a try yourself! If you're using a drill bit as your template you'll need to find the equivalent bit size in MM. Ring sizes in MM can be found here.

Step 1: Step 1: Cutting Veneer

First thing we need to do is cut the strips of veneer. Make sure you're cutting wider than the finish size.

Step 2: Step 2: Soak in Hot Water

Now on your lowest setting on the stove soak the rings in hot water for 1 hour. This will make them more plyable.

Step 3: Step 3: Wrap and Dry

Next wipe off the excess water, coil them up and wrap some masking tape around them. Then let them dry for 24 hours.

Step 4: Step 4: Template

Use a template that's the size of your ring finger. You can turn one on the lathe or use a drill bit.

Step 5: Step 5: Sand Tip

Sand down the tip to a fine point to create a seamless transition.

Step 6: Step 6: Wrap and Glue

In 1/2" increments use CA glue and wrap the veneer onto itself.

Step 7: Step 7: Allow the Glue to Dry

Hold the veneer down for 30 seconds to let the glue dry before moving on to the next section.

Step 8: Step 8: Sand and Finish

Now all that's left is some sanding and finishing. A few coats of spray lacquer is a quick way to add multiple coats of finish.

If you like this project I have all kinds of fun tutorials on my website at drunkenwoodworker.com. As always, be safe and stay passionate.

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I prefer Goliath glue, that stuff is the best.

Cyanoacrylate glue. Common brand names are Super Glue or Krazy Glue.

Great project. I was wondering if you can put a resin finish on it?

Thanks for a great video, Do you put the light wood in the same water after the dark wood?

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Jerry

Thanks for a great video, Do you put the light wood in the same water after the dark wood?

Thanks

Jerry

Why do you say NO TOOLS required?

how any tools did he use to make a the ring? on and thats a knife
and yes i saw that he use a drill but thats for faster sanding

I made one of these as directed...it looked great but then the glue started to crack like it was brittle and the ring fell apart. Will try again.