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

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.
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.
No, I haven't. That's not a bad idea. What would you suggest using? <br>Sealer or tung oil dip?
<p>I have a stabilizing setup that uses a vacuum pump to draw liquid resin into the wood. You've probably seen these before, and they can be made relatively inexpensively. The resin I use is Cactus Juice. You can add a pigment to it, and it will stain the wood throughout. Once the wood is soaked in resin, you pop it in the oven for 45 mins or so, which cures it to a rock-hard plastic. You can turn wood so punky that it is almost powder this way. The resulting product is waterproof, and polishes up beautifully!</p>
Sealer works well too, I think. I have never used it that way.
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.
That sounds like a lot of added work for the bangles. I think the rings would bennifit more from this.
<p>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.</p>
<p>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!</p>
Lovely.... Now I'm craving a wood lathe among other things :-D haha
thanks, these lathes are very very addicting!
Wow.. is so awesome, I really wish to have a Lathe. Thank you so much for sharing.
Thank you! These lathes are addicting!
Great job - and Gorgeous photos of the bangles! wow!
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 :)
Thank you. That one is my favorite too.

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