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PostSubject: how to make a ring   Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:42 pm

hey everyone,
I had a customer recently ask me if I knew how to make a ring (like a piece of jewelry.) Does anyone have any experience with this?
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PostSubject: Re: how to make a ring   Wed Aug 26, 2009 6:26 pm

not yet but give me a few days
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PostSubject: Re: how to make a ring   Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:00 am

I made one this AM by mounting a piece of wood in my chuck. I then used a parting tool and a skew to shape the outside of the ring. I hollowed the inside using a small boring bar. A spindle and a skew or bedan would work as well. A Forstner bit would also be an easy way to ensure a consistent size. Sand and then part the ring. I then turned a shallow tenon on the remaining wood in the chuck. I sized it for a snug fit to the inside of the ring. This allowed me to reverse "chuck" the ring for cleaning the parted side of the ring with sandpaper. Hope this makes sense.

I noticed that orienting the grain with the length of the finger resulted in a ring that will split easily if forced on or off either the tenon or a finger. Perhaps turning a small branch would result in a stronger grain orientation. Orienting the grain 90ยบ from the finger would leave two sections of the ring with the same fragile grain structure.
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PostSubject: Re: how to make a ring   Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:35 pm

Hmmmm, this could make for a good club challenge in the future.

How complicated are you going to get with this Ashly? I was just thinking you could do a bit of carving on the outside of the band.

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PostSubject: Re: how to make a ring   Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:18 pm

My wife wanted to know how I was going to engrave "one ring to rule them all" in runes on it.
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PostSubject: Re: how to make a ring   Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:00 pm

I didn't particularly want to make this complicated - since I've never made one before. I asked him to send me a link since he mentioned seeing some on a website.
Here it is: http://www.touchwoodrings.com/
It looks like they do a lot of inlays and stuff like that - maybe they could actually help with the structural integrity.
Nice idea with the inscription, Doug. How are you going to do that?
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PostSubject: Re: how to make a ring   Thu Aug 27, 2009 5:33 pm

I got intrigued and made a couple more. I made these with the grain oriented bowl blank direction, versus vase orientation. These seem stronger. Also I think I like the more end grain look.



bloodwood and walnut


The engraving thing ---- ain't gonna happen.
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PostSubject: Re: how to make a ring   Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:11 pm

Looking good

Hmmm, if I could find a really small finger, I have a chunk of acrylic left over in the shop. Now that would be colorful.

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