Picture of Wood Bangles on the lathe
In this instructable I will show you how I make wood bangles on the lathe.
These little bracelets make beautiful gifts for friends and co-workers.

Step 1: Grab some wood

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Go to your scrap bin and look for some good material. The size you need depends on how large of a bangle you are making. A.4-6" diameter disc or square should work. The thickness depends also upon your chuck jaw depth and the size you want. In this one I am using a chunk of Mulberry I harvested last fall the thinnest part was about 1" thick. I also made one with an unused sgmented ring I had glued up already. so you can make your own out of smaller scraps too. Go crazy!
I found one side that was somewhat flat, then marked a square and cross-cut the wood to get a square(ish) block of wood. then marked a rough center and drilled a hole large enough for a worm screw for your lathe chuck. then cut the corners off to make it a little easier and safer when you start roughing it to shape.
apburner1 year ago

Really punky wood can be stabilized with Cyanoacrylate, AKA superglue. Just get the thin stuff and soak it in. Once hardened it is harder than the original wood. Machines well too.

SlickSqueegie (author)  apburner1 year ago

Thanks for the comment and yep, I do it often. I also mix it with sawdust, brass shavings or even glitter to fill a small crack here and there. The only problem using ca as a stabilizer is the cost... CA is pricey!

shazni2 years ago
Lovely.... Now I'm craving a wood lathe among other things :-D haha
SlickSqueegie (author)  shazni2 years ago
thanks, these lathes are very very addicting!
ldubia2 years ago
are you stabilizing the wood prior to turning I think this would make it stronger on the lathe as well as down the road during use. Good work there.
SlickSqueegie (author)  ldubia2 years ago
No, I haven't. That's not a bad idea. What would you suggest using?
Sealer or tung oil dip?
Sealer works well too, I think. I have never used it that way.
SlickSqueegie (author)  ldubia2 years ago
yeah, I have used sealer in places where I cant stop tearout. it works well to harden the spots and finish cut
Minwax wood hardener under 75lbs pressure to push it into the pores. Or under vacuum to replace the air, then under pressure. I use both. It makes the wood very hard and easier to work as well as tougher to break.
SlickSqueegie (author)  ldubia2 years ago
That sounds like a lot of added work for the bangles. I think the rings would bennifit more from this.
Wow.. is so awesome, I really wish to have a Lathe. Thank you so much for sharing.
SlickSqueegie (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya2 years ago
Thank you! These lathes are addicting!
HollyMann2 years ago
Great job - and Gorgeous photos of the bangles! wow!
SlickSqueegie (author)  HollyMann2 years ago
Thank you Holly. I'm starting to finally understand that camera!
Yeah you are! The photos are stunning! They really show the detail of what you made..
Awesome! I love that really smooth roundish one :)
SlickSqueegie (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thank you. That one is my favorite too.