Make a Wooden Ring With a Drill Press





In this I'ble, I will go through how I went about creating a unique ring for my girlfriend and myself out of wood!

Materials needed:

Hardwood of your choice (I used Oak)

Wood glue (I used Titebond 3)

CA glue

Tools needed:



Drill press

Drill bits

Rotary tool



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Step 1: Prepare the Ring Blank

Although made out of wood, I wanted the rings to be sturdy despite their thin thickness.

An important characteristic about wood is that they easily crack along their grain, so I decided to glue 2 pieces of wood (with wood glue of course!) with their grains crossing at a 90 degree angle. Let the glue dry for 24 hours.

Since the tensile strength of wood is stronger along to the direction of the grain rather than across it, the glued pieces of wood allowed for extra strength both horizontally and vertically.

Step 2: Drill a Hole Through the Ring Blank

Find a drill bit that is roughly 3mm to 5mm smaller than the diameter of your ring size.

For example, if the inner diameter of your ring should be 1.8cm, then use a bit that is roughly 1.3cm~1.5cm.

Find the center of your ring blank and drill a hole straight through the entire block.

Step 3: Sand Down Excess Wood

WARNING: Although this step is quite safe if done correctly, I would recommend that you do everything in this step manually if you do not feel comfortable putting your hands close to a drill press and/or a rotary tool.


I created a spindle sander out of my drill press in the past and I decided to use a rough sander bit to quickly sand off excess wood off of the ring blank.

Try your best to leave equal amounts wood on both sides of where the 2 pieces of wood are glued, so that you maintain that crossing wood grain pattern. (See 2nd picture)

You can decide on how thick the ring is going to be, but I sanded mine down to about 5mm in thickness. I was afraid of the ring becoming too fragile if I went any thinner.

Step 4: Cut and Sand by Hand

With a saw, cut the blank around the hole, leaving extra wood around the hole.

Don't go cutting directly to the shape you want, as shaping the ring should be done in increments.

Remember, if you cut off too much wood off of our blank, you can't add it back.

Once you have cut out a rough shape of the ring, start with a course sandpaper and sand down the corners to achieve a round, uniform shape.

Step 5: Fine Tune Your Ring

WARNING: Although this step is quite safe if done correctly, I would recommend that you do everything in this step manually if you do not feel comfortable putting your hands close to a drill press and/or a rotary tool.

I grabbed one of the sanding bits for my rotary tool, and put masking tape around it until my ring was able to fit snugly on it.

Then, using a drill press at high speed, I sanded the ring down with a piece of sandpaper while the drill press did all the work for me.

Using a rotary tool, I enlarged the hole to ensure that the ring had the correct diameter for the finger.

At this point, once satisfied with the overall width, thickness and size of the ring, round off all the edges and corners of the ring so it looks more natural and more comfortable to wear. (See last 2 pictures)

Step 6: Stain the Ring (optional)

This step can be avoided if you like the natural color of the wood you used.

I wanted to give my ring a darker tone, so I tested 3 different stains on a scrap piece of wood and went with my favourite out of the 3.

Instructions for different kinds of stains might be different, so read the container for instructions on how to stain the wood.

Step 7: Add a Stone to the Ring (optional)

Decide where on the ring you wish to put a stone, and with a tiny drill bit (I used a 3/32" drill bit), make a dimple on the ring by drilling with your fingers. I would not use any power tools as the dimple has to be the perfect size for the stone to fit snugly. Be patient and go slowly!

Be sure to drill in increments and check frequently to ensure the dimple is just the right size for the stone.

Step 8: Glue the Stone With CA Glue

On a scrap piece of paper, put a droplet of CA glue.

Then, dip the tip of the toothpick in the droplet and then use the toothpick to apply some glue inside the dimple on the ring. (I used a toothpick to avoid putting excessive amount of glue on the ring! Too much glue, and it can make your ring look really messy!)

With a tweezer, carefully drop the stone into the dimple and gently push the stone with the tweezer to orient it correctly.

Let the CA glue completely dry.

Step 9: Seal the Ring

With CA glue, seal the ring completely so that the ring can withstand moisture.

I used CA glue since it dries hard and gives off a shiny, glossy look. (There are tons of Youtube videos on how to seal with CA glue, so I won't explain the procedure here)

After the glue has completely dried off, that's it! Go surprise your significant other!

Note: The CA glue worked very well to seal off the wood. I was able to wear the ring 24/7 and wash hands, do dishes, and take showers with it on. The ring eventually did give up while I was playing softball, so I'd recommend that you stay away from sports while wearing the ring! If the ring does crack at some point, you can do some quick repairs on them, but it probably won't be as strong as it used to be. Refer to the 2nd picture as to how I went about fixing the ring.

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    12 Discussions


    2 years ago



    2 years ago

    Just curious: instead of cutting out the second circle manually why not use a hole saw? Also, wouldn't an epoxy also work as a coating in place of CA?

    3 replies
    twheeler4Andrew Park

    Reply 2 years ago

    LOL fair enough! Didn't know if there was a technical reason. :)

    Andrew ParkAndrew Park

    Reply 2 years ago

    Also, I've seen videos and articles about coating with CA but I've personally never seen one about epoxy. But if it's a thing, then of course, you can coat it with whatever material you'd like.


    2 years ago

    You should try coconut shell for strength (no grain) + color (it polishes)

    1 reply
    Andrew Parkrsgrillo

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks for the recommendation! I've personally never worked with coconut shells, but is it stronger than wood?


    2 years ago

    I love the look of wood anything, so I think this is a great Inst'l. Wish I had found this a month ago, as my wife and I just had our 5th anniversary (Wooden Anniversary for those who don't know) and I was thinking about a wooden ring as a gift, but never got around to making one.

    1 reply
    Andrew ParkJohnC451

    Reply 2 years ago


    Why not still make it and give it to her? haha to be honest, I gave mine to my girlfriend and it wasn't on a special occasion or anything. Just a random day that I chose :)

    The plain sanded ring looks great even without stain! And very detailed diagram in the last step!


    2 years ago

    Very nicely done on the ring, as well as on your documentation of your process! :)