Introduction: Make a Chunky Wooden Ring

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I have a sort of crazy obsession for ring making, and I thought it would be a good idea to make a tutorial to show others how to make wooden rings too.

Things you'll need:

  • Wood
  • Drill Press or Hand Drill
  • Band Saw
  • Sanding tools (Foredom or dremmel, Belt sander, sand paper)
  • Forstner Bit
  • Cutting board oil

Step 1: Choose Your Wood

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The first step is picking out what kind of wood you want to use. For this ring I used Birdseye Maple.

Step 2: Drill the Hole

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Now it's time to drill the hole. I used a 5/8 Forstner bit. If you don't have a drill press you can use a hand drill.

Note: A 5/8" bit cuts a hole that's about a size 5 in US ring sizes. This size bit works best for me ( I wear a size 7) but you can use whatever bit is closest to your ring size.

Step 3: Cut to a Manageable Size

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All I did here was cut the "ring" into a smaller more manageable chunk. I used a band saw but if you don't have one of those you can try using a scroll saw.

You'll see here that I drilled two holes, just disregard that! (It's for a separate project. )

Step 4: Rounding the Edges

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Next, you can start cutting out the shape of the ring. See those white lines? That's where you cut! This creates the "bottom" of the ring. Eventually you will round it out a bit more but for now it can be a bit rough.

Step 5: Adjust the Width

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At this point, the ring is pretty wide so it's time to cut it down. See those white lines again? That's where you cut!

Hint: I use another piece of wood to guide/push my ring through the saw. This is just a safety measure that will (hopefully) prevent me from slicing my fingers!

Step 6: Sizing Your Ring

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To size up the ring, I use a sanding barrel (150 grit) attached to my foredom (you could also use a dremmel.) To ensure a more even hole, flip the ring over every few seconds and sand from either side.

Hint: A 5/8 hole is about exactly the same size as a standard dremmel brand sanding barrel, so use caution when you start sanding out the inside of the hole. I have had the foredom grab the wood and rip it out of my hand on multiple occasions.

Step 7: Shaping Your Ring

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It's time to head back over to the band saw and make a few more cuts. To give this ring a really chunky and geometric feel, I cut off the corners of the top of the ring until I achieved the look I wanted.

Step 8: More Shaping

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For this step I used a belt sander because it allows for a lot of control when shaping the ring. Sanding where the white lines are will smooth out the cut you made earlier and make it more uniform.

Step 9: Design Options

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This step is optional, but I added a few cut marks to give this ring a rustic feel.

Step 10: Finishing Up

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I wanted to keep the rustic feel of this ring so I used 400 grit sandpaper just to smooth out the sharp edges.

Hint: Rolling sandpaper into a tube makes it easy to sand the inside of the ring.

Step 11: Add a Protective Coat

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I finish up my rings with a nice mixture of beeswax and flax oil.

Step 12: Finished!

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You're done! Enjoy your one of a kind ring.

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BELANTARMA (author)2015-10-03

so nice

Porda (author)2014-12-08

Awesome looking rings! This is a great first ible.

KirstieLynn (author)Porda2014-12-09


Awsome idea

sir_ghattas (author)2015-01-04

These are great, I usually don't like larger rings, but these look really good probably because of the mix of the rustic and clean cut looks. Anyways, they look awesome, keep up the good work!

Vace Cooper (author)2014-12-14

These are awesome! I'm making a bunch for Christmas presents. Thanks for the cool instructable!

kenyer (author)2014-12-06

This is a really nice first Ible. Great pictures.

KirstieLynn (author)kenyer2014-12-06


sgettys (author)2014-11-16

I have been wanting to make some rings cool Instructable

bllwdcrvr (author)2014-11-11

Great idea!! Nice instructable, keep up the great work!! :)

KirstieLynn (author)bllwdcrvr2014-11-16


lone torch studio (author)2014-11-11

Thats great! Thanks for the info


Badger4700 (author)2014-11-06

Have you used antler yet?

jmings (author)Badger47002014-11-12

Antler is known for the horrible stench when worked with power tools. Just saying.

KirstieLynn (author)jmings2014-11-16

Yeah, my brother used to carve antler. I know the smell all too well.

KirstieLynn (author)Badger47002014-11-06

I haven't, might be a good material to try though!

nliwilson (author)2014-11-11

Nice gift idea with the holidays approaching. :)

jimmitchell1943 (author)2014-11-05

good job...nice easy way to make rings..


chubby8 (author)KirstieLynn2014-11-06

this is very cool, thanks for the instructable ! :).

I've done and instructable for making rings out of epoxy, if your interested. :D

KirstieLynn (author)chubby82014-11-06


I actually have tried to make a ring from epoxy resin but I had some trouble. I just checked out your instructable, very cool!

chubby8 (author)KirstieLynn2014-11-06

Here's the oak ring I made after seeing your instrucable. Thank you!

KirstieLynn (author)chubby82014-11-06

That's awesome! Looks like it turned out great!

chubby8 (author)KirstieLynn2014-11-08

I'm addicted ! :0

KirstieLynn (author)chubby82014-11-08

Awesome! It definitely is addicting, I have piles and piles of wooden rings!

Badger4700 (author)2014-11-06

If you have to hold the ring to drill it, wrap your pliers in electrical tape so that it doesn't scrape the softer material. Also avoid using a dremel tool and shape it by hand because the Dremel removes too much material to quickly.

designsbyleon (author)2014-11-06

Love it. I will give this a shot.

Thanks! I'd love to see how it turns out!

Badger4700 (author)2014-11-06

If you like I can send you out some blank material both in bone and antler. I enjoy working with them. Just make sure to wear a dust mask the dust can be harmful.

KirstieLynn (author)Badger47002014-11-06

I actually have some that a friend gave me, but thanks anyway that's very generous! Other than wearing a mask do you have any other other tips for working with it?

shepnstein (author)2014-11-05

very cool. I'll try it

KirstieLynn (author)shepnstein2014-11-06

Thanks, let me know how it turns out!

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Bio: Hello! My name is Kirstie and I'm a jewelry designer, a travel addict and a DIY-er. Ever since I was a kid I have ... More »
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