Birch Lined Bamboo Ring

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Project by FrankLad posted 05-14-2009 03:24 AM 3796 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This ring is made from a drilled and shaped piece of bamboo, and lined on the inside with birch. The birch is for looks and comfort, but primarily to lend greater structural durability to the ring.

The bamboo came from an inexpensive napkin holder purchased from Wal-Mart, specifically to be taken apart and used for this purpose. :)

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#1 posted 05-14-2009 03:47 AM

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#2 posted 05-14-2009 03:47 AM

Nice move, buying Wally World’s junk specifically to recycle it into something of value ;-))

-- 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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#3 posted 05-14-2009 04:46 AM

Thanks, a1Jim!

TopamaxSurvivor: HA HA! :) Thanks!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#4 posted 05-14-2009 04:53 AM

I’ve never seen anything like it before. Looks cool!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 05-14-2009 07:36 AM

Great looking ring.

The Birch liner sounds like it was a good idea.

Another good source of small take-a-part items is Goodwill.

Have a butterfly napkin holder from there that is being used as a pattern for a future inlay.

Great use of scrap (wallmart) item. haha

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 05-14-2009 05:02 PM

Interesting grain markings on the bamboo, almost looks leopard-like. Nice pictures and nice work.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#7 posted 05-14-2009 05:56 PM

GaryK: Thanks a bunch!

scrappy: Nice tip about Goodwill! I’m noticing lots of “teak root” wares showing up in stores now (Target comes to mind… at least I think a lot of that is teak root.) Looks nice. Saw some pieces recently in a salvage store, so that’ll be another one I want to try.

RobS: That is the #1 comment I get on the bamboo rings. I agree that it does look a lot like a leopard pattern.

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#8 posted 05-14-2009 10:47 PM

Beautiful ring!
Bamboo is 10 times stronger than steel
the strongest plant in the world
Was the only plant to survive after the Hiroshima Bomb
Can grow a foot per day.
interesting ha!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#9 posted 05-14-2009 11:01 PM

I wish we had access to Bamboo here in the U K I hear it’s very versatile stuff and it is basically grasss wonderful stuff your turning is very nice well done Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#10 posted 05-24-2009 07:37 AM

Very Cool !! I really like this ring ! it reminds me of ostrich skin . Very Creative going to Walmart for your materials.

Great Job!!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#11 posted 05-25-2009 01:40 AM

Oh Bamboo, I never thought about using it for a ring. Really nice idea, I need to try it too, thanks.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#12 posted 05-26-2009 12:05 PM

The more I’m seeing things done in bamboo, the more I’m liking it. This is such an attention grabber. I saw several kinds of bamboo lumber-core plywood recently. I didn’t realize there were so many ways it could be used, with so many looks. Very well done. I’d love to know how you made the liner.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#13 posted 05-26-2009 04:13 PM

Thanks, Gary!

The liner was done by carefully bending (sometimes steamed but can often simply be wet) a thin strip of birch into a small circle (taping it around a dowel, for instance) and letting it dry. Then I would glue it to the inside of the ring and apply pressure from the inside with a ring mandrel. Once that cures, I smooth out the inside, careful to ease any hard edges where a fingernail could potentially lift wood fiber away in the future.

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#14 posted 05-26-2009 11:19 PM

Thanks for the info, Frank. I was wondering if you sanded a ring to fit inside another ring. Especially by hand that seems a really difficult prospect. Not that what you did is very easy, of course. You definitely have a skill here.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#15 posted 05-27-2009 02:48 PM

Hey, Gary!

I bore out the first piece, and sand it the rest of the way using a mini drum sander, until it is around a half-size over the intended ring size. Then I attach the bent strip to the inside of the ring (it is not a complete circle at that point, but a bent strip.)

But I agree that fitting a ring inside another ring would be quite difficult!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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