Introduction: Reclaimed Pallet Ring

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This is a very simple ring that I made from a pallet in my backyard.

I used simple tools and just spent some time enjoying making this ring, but not trying to rush it. I was at my fathers house so I only had limited tools, but I made do with what I had.

Step 1: Removing the Ring From the Board

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After I found my desired hunk of wood, I drilled a hole just smaller then my finger. Next, I drilled smaller holes all the way around that first hole in a circle then I broke the ring part off when there was hardly any wood still holding it on.

Step 2: Roughing It Out

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I then found a drill bit slightly smaller then the first hole that I drilled and put it in my drill with an old rag around it. I then forced the stocky ring-to-be onto the bit. This held it tightly and I was able to use coarse sandpaper, cement, or any other course surface to get the material down. I just turned the drill on high and started sanding down the excess material on a cinder block. This went surprisingly fast, and that may be because it was a really soft wood.

Step 3: Final Sanding

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now I put a small piece of fabric around a sanding drum on my dremel and pushed the ring onto it. I spun that as I used progressively finer sandpaper to finish the shaping and sanding. Do not go too high on your speed because you don't want anything flying off at 35000 rpm.

Step 4: Finishing

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I finished the ring by applying some melted beeswax mixed with petroleum jelly. This gave the ring a nice warm glow that I really enjoy.

Now the ring is done, congratulations.

I hope you enjoyed this fun little instructable, and I hope you all go out there and make one.

Please use the comment box below to leave any ideas or anything.

Ta ta for now and have a fabulastic day.


jlara-1 (author)2015-05-17

Aren't you worried about the chemicals they treat the wood with leeching into your skin?

geoj3d1 (author)jlara-12016-07-11

There are Instructables on here I think that will teach how to find safe pallets.

maricolley (author)2015-12-05


InsomniCAT (author)2015-11-19

What a simple, elegant build! I happen to have some hickory scraps with some beautiful grain, inspiration has struck. Thanks!

Dandie (author)2015-05-19

Great work. It looks terrific !!

Corinbw (author)2015-05-18

i will be doing an update this week due to a few requests and questions, if there are any ideas or steps i missed or that you want covered, please reply below and i will try to address them in the update.

Old cooper (author)2015-05-18

I love the idea and the ring.

If you do an update, I'm curious how you wrapped that rag to hold the ring

while you sanded it. Please include a picture of that idea if you do update these instructions. I have several cedar trees that need to be cut and will have plenty of scrap for rings.

Corinbw (author)Old cooper2015-05-18

thanks for the info if i do an update. i will try to include a picture of that step.

dave247365 (author)2015-05-18

fantastic idea indeed and well done (I especially like the idea using cinder block as your rough course sand paper!). your final product is beautiful!! if I can get this project done in 1 weekend with all the kids ill be a hero for life!

thank you thank you

Corinbw (author)dave2473652015-05-18

you are very welcome

pbansal3 made it! (author)2015-05-18


jmuskovitz (author)2015-05-17

You don't talk about how you finished the inside - you said you drilled an initial hole just smaller than your finer, and then you described using your drill and dremel as lathes (very cool!), but you don't talk about rounding and/or sizing the interior hole.

Corinbw (author)jmuskovitz2015-05-17

oops sorry i will add an edit when i get a chance. since it was a soft wood i simply hand sanded using 220 sandpaper to slowly smooth and round the inside of the ring. i like hand sanding because i can make sure and not to go too far. the ring fist just right. just sand it until it fits comfortably on your finger.

Quizicat (author)2015-05-17

Great idea. I like the thought of wedging the ring onto a bit so you can spin and sand it. I have some black walnut and cedar tree I had to cut down. I think I will try this with them. Thanks, nice work!

Corinbw (author)Quizicat2015-05-17

ooh i love working with walnut and i like how dark it is in the end. please post if you make it.

mbohuk (author)2015-05-17

This is awesome I love ibles that show ways to make things without professional tools. There's plenty of ibles on here that show how to make wood rings using a lathe but honestly if I had enough money for a lathe I wouldn't be wasting time making rings. I've seen a few ideas where people use a drill to replace a lathe for a small project but I never thought of simply using a rag to hold the piece on. I will be attempting this soon I'll post my outcome.

Corinbw (author)mbohuk2015-05-17

thanks for the kind words and please post any attempts here. i would love to see how they turn out. i love using walnut. my favorite wood.

Corinbw (author)Corinbw2015-05-17

oops sorry wrong person about the walnut.

SirCooksalot made it! (author)2015-05-17

This is cool,I really,really like the grain in that pallet wood. And wow,you could make a zillion rings from one good pallet... Why not a bracelet or 2 to match? I wanted to add my photo to show that they don't have to be round "turned" type rings. I drilled a 5/8" hole first, draw the rough shape of the ring around the hole and cut it out, used a Dremel sanding drum in the inside, and any kinda sander for the outside. I made a nice maple one for Moms day and inlaid a piece of copper wire I hammered flat into the top. I finished them like you did, with warm beeswax mixed with some lemon oil, then I coated the whole thing with super glue. Super glue finish is perfect for this-small,waterproof, tough. Great Ible,thanks!

Corinbw (author)SirCooksalot2015-05-17

ooh now that is a nice ring, thank you for being my first ever "i made it" and for that i will give you a one year pro membership, to redeem it go to and enter the gift code:


thank you for the tip about the super glue finish, i will definitely use that for other projects.

jsmith261 (author)2015-05-17

Good job working with what you have!

GardenGranny (author)2015-05-17

Fun idea! You mention not having a hole saw in your high school workshop...does that mean you're a teenager??? You deserve a big high five for spending your timie doing something creative and useful! You know how teens always seem to get the BAD press!!!

kylie.nay (author)2015-05-17

It looks great Corin!! :D You are so smart!! So creative!! :)

Idighistory (author)2015-05-17

You are a genius a think outside of the box type of person. I never even thought about the other uses I can use my drill for. Using your drill like a sander is absolute genius. Thanks for the instructions and keep on doing what you are doing.

Idighistory (author)Idighistory2015-05-17

Actually you used your drill like a lathe and that is still pretty awesome!

chunnygoat (author)2015-05-15

great job it looks wonderful

Lux The Weavile (author)2015-05-15

the spiral just adds to the look of the ring it is amasing

GeoffreyD2 (author)2015-05-15

Hole saw would work great

Corinbw (author)GeoffreyD22015-05-15

yes it would, unfortunately we don't even have a hole saw in my high schools wood shop

jpayne21 (author)2015-05-14

I like the spiral wood grain too.

livichris (author)2015-05-14

that looks great. was the spiral grain pattern just a bit of good luck or did you spot it in the plank?

Corinbw (author)livichris2015-05-14

It was just good luck. And thank you for the comment

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Bio: i love making jewelry and whatever other craft and also i have a passion for woodworking and small wood projects. powertool carving and the sort.
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