Wood Bangles on the lathe

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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.
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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.

Step 2: Flatten and rough turn the block of wood

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This is the easy part, simply rough turn it round and flat.

Step 3: Part out the inside

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Now I need to rough cut the inside diameter. I did this with a freshly sharpened parting tool. Mark the radius on the block and make a circle to mark the inside diameter then using the parting tool, go about 3/4 of the depth of your block, remember to make relief cuts.
Once you are at the depth unscrew the block from the work screw and remove the screw from the lathe and flip it around.and insert the jaws into the new groove and tighten the piece in the chuck. Now mark the radius and circle and using the parting tool finish the cut to remove the inside of the bangle. Remember, The sharper the tool, the less sanding is needed.
But we still need to sand!
Sand the inside of the bangle but be careful of the chuck jaws. I just sanded the inside up to 220 grit.
shazni9 months ago
Lovely.... Now I'm craving a wood lathe among other things :-D haha
SlickSqueegie (author)  shazni9 months ago
thanks, these lathes are very very addicting!
ldubia9 months 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)  ldubia9 months 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)  ldubia9 months 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)  ldubia9 months 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 Upadhyaya9 months ago
Thank you! These lathes are addicting!
HollyMann9 months ago
Great job - and Gorgeous photos of the bangles! wow!
SlickSqueegie (author)  HollyMann9 months 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 Bulnick9 months ago
Thank you. That one is my favorite too.

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