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.