Olympic rings

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 08-04-2012 12:04 AM 6443 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was one of those projects that seemed simple on first inspection, but was far from it. It turned out to be quite a challenge to come up with a method for making 5 identical circles and then notching them together. But if you ever need to make a bunch of rings, the jigs I made for this work out really nicely.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 08-04-2012 12:11 AM

Appropriate and awesome …..

-- Factory in a box ...

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#2 posted 08-04-2012 12:31 AM

Hi Steve,
That’s nice. Now please do the Google logo!
Have a nice day,

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#3 posted 08-04-2012 01:00 AM

What’s with the dusk mask Steve? Your going to ruin your image!.................................;-J

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#4 posted 08-04-2012 01:02 AM

What if you had used half laps on the intersections? That way the rings might have held up :)

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#5 posted 08-04-2012 01:05 AM

Yes, Yes!!! That’s awesome Steve. Go USA..

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 08-04-2012 01:43 AM

Good video, Steve. Thanks for showing your mishaps, too. I recently did some videos and I left the mistakes in there too. I got a lot of responses that people appreciated it because it helped them when they had the same problems. I also was thinking that pine is so volatile that I was amazed it stood up as long as it did. Maple or another tighter grained wood would have probably been easier for you. I rarely use pine because of the small things I make and it really isn’t a good choice at all to scrolling.

The project itself is really cool. It’s funny how five simple circles can get so complicated, but they are. I really liked the bevels on the rings, even though they made the process more difficult. They look good and you came up with a great solution to make them match up nice by beveling the ends. It also helped that they were all different colors because the change of color helped hide the joints. That is a good thing to do for tricky joints – do them in contrasting wood or different colors.

Thanks again for another great lesson. I really enjoy what you do every week, as I always learn something new from your videos. I agree with Roger – you are awesome! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 08-04-2012 03:36 AM

I like this one Steve. I have been a rut myself and have been wanting to try new challenges. Thanks for the motivation. Great video.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#8 posted 08-04-2012 05:14 AM

I think you became David Marks on this one with all the jigs and templates. David always builds his projects at least three times with all the mock-ups and jigs and all. Of course you surpassed him with including your mistakes. Good going on that one. It makes it REAL. 5 simple rings, but not as simple as one might think.

Yeah, I too like the CNC solution.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 08-04-2012 06:27 AM

You win the Gold Steve ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 08-04-2012 10:43 AM

Its good to see you producing something for the Olympics – much to my surprise, I have found myself watching lots of the events and cheering on ‘Team GB’. Perhaps it was the opening ceremony, which made me proud to be British and full of admiration for this quirky, fantastic creation – our Queen’s contribution was a delight – and the mechanics of the displays were amazing.

But . . . .

Was there a reason why you didn’t make the final rings in the way you made your jig?

Sticking your workpiece to the bench with double sided tape, cutting the outside diameter, then the inside diameter would produce a ring directly. (A couple of screws near the centre might help).

Is there a flaw with this approach that I have missed ?

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#11 posted 08-04-2012 11:32 AM

Making circles is a lot easier on a lathe :-)

-- Steven

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#12 posted 08-04-2012 03:42 PM

Always fun to watch your videos while drinking the mornings coffee… Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 08-04-2012 11:19 PM


please don’t kill me, but you could have saved a lot of time with an adjustable hole saw like this

They do come in larger sizes too. Just screw your work board to the drill press, cut the inner hole then the outer hole and there are your rings with a lot less work.

Great build too!

-- look Ma! I still got all eleven of my fingers! - -

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#14 posted 08-05-2012 12:41 AM


Great project, excellent problem solving.

Thanks for sharing!

Go USA!!!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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