my first few bent wood rings.

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Project by pallystu posted 12-22-2014 05:10 AM 1343 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are the first few bent wood rings i have ever made…Christmas this year is hard for me since i lost my job due to an employer that wasent willing to work with me so i could have a few days off of work after i had a seizure at work and had to go to the E.R…I got my first paycheck at my new job right in time to be able to buy some veneer to try this cool little trick i seen online. I made these as gifts for people since it was about the only thing i could afford to buy. I got a 3 sq veneer pack that had a ton of different wood veneers in it so it let me make a few kinds of rings…you just cut the veneer to the width you want and then wrap them around a ring mandrel and glue as you go…pretty easy and fun to do…also cheap! with a veneer pack you could make well over 40 rings….I finished them in my go to finish of formbys tung oil finish buffed with wax and 000 wool. They are not the same quality as the $150 plus rings on etsy but hey they work for my family lol. These are made out of walnut cherry mahogany red oak and maple…walnut, cherry and maple was pretty easy to work with and walnut was by far the easiest….the mahogany liked to split really easily. I may have to try to make some more later with some exotics….also the CA glue likes to glue your fingers to the rings when your working so be careful and keep some acetone around XD

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#1 posted 12-22-2014 01:01 PM

Those rings sure look good to me! I need to try these…


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#2 posted 12-22-2014 04:06 PM

They are cheap and easy to do so give them a shot :) I would say start with walnut since it bends so freaken easy…get a sheet of un backed veneer cut them to 3/8 inch strips and soak them in some hot water for 30 mins to an hour. pull them out of the water and wrap them around a large dowel and tape it and let them dry like that so they learn how to “bend” this will make it easier to work with later on. you can use drill bits dowel or turn a piece of wood to the ID of the ring as a form or buy a ring sizer to us. sand down the tips of the veneer strips so it tapers down in thickness to about nothing and start wrapping the strips around the sizer as you put a drop or two of CA glue on it every so often. after that all you got to do is sand it to shape and finish. for about $30 you can make well over 40 rings.

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