Walnut and Oak Bracelet

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Introduction: Walnut and Oak Bracelet

I decided to make a bracelet out of wood recently and quite liked the look of metal watch straps so was inspired by this look. I went for a couple of contrasting woods and found some nice size strips of walnut and brown oak offcuts which I thought would look nice together.

Supplies

Materials
Walnut
Oak
Skewers

Tools
Bandsaw
Router table (optional)
Drill press

Step 1: Preparing the Wood

I started by roughly chopping the wood on a bandsaw and planned them to a uniform thickness (around 5mm / 1/5in). I then ran each side of one face though the router table with a chamfer bit followed by some hand sanding to smooth over the chamfers.

Step 2: Chopping to Size

I used the bandsaw to chop each individual bit to the same size. I used a homemade coping sled to run the cuts parallel to the blade and used a block clamped to a fence to reference the width of the cut.

The middle sections were about twice as wide as the side sections and measured around 10mm and 5mm respectively.

Step 3: Drilling Holes

I used a drill press to drill the holes in each of the small parts. To get the holes in the same places I used a fence and a stop that I clamped to the drill table. The holes for the middle sections go all the way through and the holes for the end sections go around 3/4 of the way through.

Step 4: Creating the Joints

I used some bamboo skewers that I found in my kitchen as I knew these would be fairly uniform in diameter and I wouldn't need to manufacture any of my own small dowelling.

I used a bench hook and a saw to chop the skewers to the correct length and the sanded each of the ends.

I then dry fit all the pieces with the skewers and made sure that all the joints could articulate. This part of the process took the most time as I found that my holes weren't quite as close to the edges as they should have been, however I don't think that as many pieces would have made it past drilling without breaking, if I did drill closer to the edge, as the holes were relatively large compared to the width of each piece.

I needed to sand wood from each end and create a roundover to the bottom as well. Once they all fit and moved how I wanted them to I prepared to glue.

Before gluing I sanded each part to 400 grit and applied a couple of layers of hardwax oil.

To fit together only the walnut bits needed the skewers to be glued in to the holes. I used the sharp end of a skewer to 'place' the glue in to the holes. I didn't clamp anything as the fit was fairly tight....this also meant that I could move all the pieces while it was drying so it didn't all stick together.

Step 5: End Pin

I wasn't entirely sure how I was going to do this part and just left the thinking until the last minute. I did start looking at a screw type of system and got quite far though that until I realised that it would be just to difficult to screw something in to a bracelet while wearing it.

In the end I came up with a simple push to fit solution. In the last walnut end I drilled the hole completely though and found a skewer that was thick enough to give a nice tight fit, so it is held in by friction.

I drilled a hole in to a bit of oak and glued the end of the skewer in. Once it was dry I trimmed to size and made sure it all worked.

Step 6: Finished

Once it was all together I checked that all bits were oiled and popped it on my wrist.

I must say I quite like it and has a surfer kind of look to it.

Thanks for reading!!!

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    15 Comments

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    jeanniel1
    jeanniel1

    1 year ago

    This is one of the best wooden jewelry Instructables I've read, and not made on a laser cutter! I like how you solved the terminal end issue. Great job.

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    petachock
    petachock

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you for you kind comment. I like old school woodwork...plus I don't have laser cutter!!!!

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    Handy_Bear
    Handy_Bear

    1 year ago

    I admire your patience.

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    petachock
    petachock

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yeah, patience is definitely required. I've made some furniture quicker!!!

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    ericsnis
    ericsnis

    1 year ago

    I like it, love the walnut. I need to get a drill press one of these days.

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    petachock
    petachock

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yeah walnut is really nice, I haven't bought any for ages as it's really expensive!!! I had a small long piece left from years ago!!
    Drill presses are great, i got mine second hand quite cheap and I'm glad I did.

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    trimbandit
    trimbandit

    1 year ago

    This looks great. Seems like it could be a great project for a laser cutter too.

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    petachock
    petachock

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks. I've never used a laser cutter before but it could work. Mind you I had the most trouble with getting the holes all lined up correctly, even with a jig on a drill press and I'm not sure lasers could help with that part.

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    trimbandit
    trimbandit

    Reply 1 year ago

    I think for the outside pieces, you would need to use two pieces glued together, the inner piece with the hole lasered through, and the outside piece as a cap

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    capitancobre
    capitancobre

    1 year ago

    Its super awesome. It's a mix of a snake and tracks from a bulldozer. The contrast of the two types of wood is really nice looking!

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    petachock
    petachock

    Reply 1 year ago

    Ha ha nice one! Thanks for the comment :)

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    WUVIE
    WUVIE

    1 year ago on Step 6

    Oh, wow, this is so cool!

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    petachock
    petachock

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you so much!

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    petachock
    petachock

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks 😀