Introduction: How to Make an Acrylic Ring With Corian

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In this tutorial I will show you my process for making rings from plastics or acrylics.

For this project I used Corian, which is a brand name for a solid surface material created by Dupont.

It is composed partly of acrylic and is easy to work with wood working tools.

There are many different colour variations and I used “Mardi Gras” as it looks pretty cool!

These sample blanks are 50mm square and 12mm thick.

Where to find Corian:

Corian is widely available and inexpensive off-cuts or samples can often be found on Ebay. I've included links to Ebay suppliers of Corian below*:

US Suppliers of Corian

UK Suppliers of Corian

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Step 1: Marking and Drilling a Hole

Start by marking roughly where to drill a hole. Marking off to the corner gives a good chance of getting two rings from one blank.

Using a drill bit slightly smaller than the required size, drill a hole on the drill press.

Step 2: Cutting on the Scrollsaw

Next mark a rough circle around the hole (I did this by tracing around a socket) and cut the shape out on the scroll saw.

Step 3: Sizing the Hole and Polishing Edges & Inside

Mount the ring in a 4 jaw chuck and start sanding the outer edges and inside of the ring

Work methodically through the grits of sandpaper to a progressively finer grit. In the video I wet sanded through 150-12,000 grit.

Gradually bring the inside diameter to the required size and when one edge is finished, flip the ring around and repeat the process on the other side.

Step 4: Shaping the Outside

When the edges and inside are polished mount the ring on a jamb chuck.

I also used a wine cork in the tailstock in may lathe to hold the ring in place.

True the ring by making it round with a roughing gouge and then move to a skew or scraper to create an even finish.

Step 5: Final Shaping & Polishing

Swap to mounting the ring onto a mandrel for final shaping and polishing.

Wet sand the ring as before working through progressively finer grits. Create a smooth shiny surface with no tooling marks.

With sanding complete turn up the speed on the lathe and buff with a car polishing compund. Rub the compound in and buff out with a lint free cloth.

Clean off any remaining polishing compound and take some nice pictures!

Step 6: Photograph It, Wear It or Sell It!

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