Rings made from solid wood

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These are quick and simple rings made form small scraps of hardwood turned on a lathe.
The rings pictured here are Walnut and Hickory. I haven't tried these out of soft wood such as pine, but I do not think they would work to well so stick to a hardwood.
These really are very simple, the hardest part is getting the sizes right. Once you have the process down you can crank them out quick.
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Step 1: Gather some scrap wood.

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Go through your scrap box of exotic woods, find some hardwood with nice tight grain. I used pieces 1-1/2" X 1-1/2" Squares about 1/2" thick and 3/4" thick hickory and walnut.
You will also need a larger junk piece of wood attached to your lathe and turned with a taper to a dull point that will hold the ring by friction (jam-chuck). I am using some scrap pallet wood. A 2X2 would work fine for this. I actually think a softwood would work better for this.

Step 2: Drill the hole

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Now we need to drill a hole the proper size for the finger you want to put it on. A 3/4" hole barely goes on my pinky, and simply falls off my Fiance's largest finger. Just experiment, these are fun to make.

You can drill the hole a few different ways. I used the lathe with a jacobs chuck in the tail-stock. and used my chuck to hold the piece while I drilled.
Its always best to drill a pilot hole if you are drilling a large hole. The pilot hole will guide the larger bit through the piece. So I started with a 1/4" bit and followed with a 3/4" bit.

You can just as easily use the drill press for this.
+1 for sweedish fish
CaptDingo7 months ago
I used to make rings like yours in the 80's, always had people complaining about them breaking ( began carrying a tube of SuperGlue in my pocket). The remedy for it was to make 1/8" boards and glue 4-6 plys together alternating the grain directions and the type of wood.
SlickSqueegie (author)  CaptDingo7 months ago
yes, I had a couple of mine break as well. but only the very thin ones. I'm very particular of the wood as well with these. the tighter the grain, the better. that's a good idea about laminating them, however, If you are gluing up 1/8" boards to make the blank, how big are the rings you were making? this is a great idea for larger blanks for napkin rings and bangles though. thanks
emily_c7 months ago
Anyway you would sell these? I absolutely love them but I don't have a lathe (and even if I did I would probably cut my finger off on it).
SlickSqueegie (author)  emily_c7 months ago
sure I can. I need a ring size
Everlong8 months ago
Randomly clicked on two projects, thought "wow, these are great" ..Turns out they're both yours, ha! Nice work man ;)
SlickSqueegie (author)  Everlong8 months ago
Seond prize! congratulations!
SlickSqueegie (author)  emilyvanleemput9 months ago
Thank you! though, I do not quite understand what I have won! lol
As far as I know, it's a voucher for printing 3D designs up to $100 at shape ways, i.meterialise and sculpteo.
I am so glad to know that you are a Finalist in the jewelry Contest :[), your wood working skills are just AWESOME :[)... CONGRATULATIONS
SlickSqueegie (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya9 months ago
Wow, I didnt even know that they announced them! Thanks Tarun. I'm up against some amazing projects in that one. I would soooo love to have that printer.
Congratulations on your WIN. :[)
SlickSqueegie (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya9 months ago
Thanks Tarun!
bricobart9 months ago
Nice work, I love that walnut patina. Simple & beautiful!
SlickSqueegie (author)  bricobart9 months ago
Thanks. Walnut is by far, my favorite wood to work with!
Never worked with walnut before, but this will change! Thanx to remind me to that species ;)
SlickSqueegie (author) 9 months ago
Thank you Gothyc. I appreciate it!
SlickSqueegie (author) 9 months ago
A jam chuck is easy to make and requires junk wood. I can make about 20 of these start to finish in under an hour.
seadweller439 months ago
Nicely done. I made one for my wife about two years ago as an anniversary present but I used walnut and maple veneers and glued layers of them together. I did not use a jam chuck and just used my regular chuck, not a good idea. I couldn't find any instructions when I made them. Nice to see an instructable that lays it out with the least amount of complexity to it.
SlickSqueegie (author)  seadweller439 months ago
Thanks. I have seen the layered veneer rings, they look great. Have you heard of making your own ring blank with glue and sawdust? Gorilla glue mentions how to do it, but basically bore a hole in a board over sized finished dimension to form a mold. Mix saw-dust and glue to form a past. then press it into the bored hole and let it set. when its dry you can apparently turn it. It looks a lot like MDF to me, but I went further with it and thought about mixing different color wood dust into a marble like swirl in the ring mold and you could make some fancy stuff. you could also incorporate glitter to give it some bling!
markeiu9 months ago
How about a small hole saw after your pilot to save some time on the lathe?
SlickSqueegie (author)  markeiu9 months ago
The time spent getting it down to size is about a minute and a half on those. The lathe is one of the more "fun" tools in a shop. Any time spent on it, is time well spent. :)
I make boxes on the lathe and don't drill, I just go in with the lathe tool.
Would that not work on this? might be harder to get the size, if that is the main goal, I guess.
SlickSqueegie (author)  the norm9 months ago
If I had a set of mini tools I would try it, but to be honest the drill bits do give you a standardized, repeatable sized hole.
Picturerazzi9 months ago
SlickSqueegie (author)  Picturerazzi9 months ago
Thanks! :)
SlickSqueegie (author) 9 months ago
yeah, there are lots of ways to accomplish this ring and just as many design implications on them. They are a lot of fun!
SlickSqueegie (author) 9 months ago
Yep, I'm already on some other ideas with them. Dont forget about glitter and CA glue.
docron759 months ago
Nice looking rings. I have made some bracelets, but haven't tried anything this small. Gonna have to do it!
SlickSqueegie (author)  docron759 months ago
Thanks. The rings are quicker and much easier than the bracelets. I would love to see some pics. :)
The Dark Lord9 months ago
You can't go without those fish...the Swedish Fish.
SlickSqueegie (author)  The Dark Lord9 months ago
They are tasty little treats. :)
nancyjohns9 months ago
SUPER COOL!! I want to make one but I don't have the tools :(
SlickSqueegie (author)  nancyjohns9 months ago
Thanks so much.
I am loving your projects good Sir. Thank you so much for sharing.
SlickSqueegie (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya9 months ago
I'm really glad you like them. Thanks for looking!
Branbuscus9 months ago
Cool, i will definitely be making this the next Tim I get a chance.
SlickSqueegie (author)  Branbuscus9 months ago
I would love to see the results!
playtemple19 months ago
My teacher's engagement ring is wooden and looked awesome can't wait to make one! (-:

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