Gym Ring

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Project by Canexican posted 05-18-2009 10:17 PM 3931 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is my first attempt at ring making. I got the inspiration from a vast amount of rings that appeared a couple of week ago from many talented woodworkers. I needed a gift for a lady that will be retiring this year, and this ring was the perfect choice.

She has worked for the High School for many years and she is about to start a new chapter of her life and is moving away from a town that she has grown up in and been part of for more than 50 years. She went to this school, her husband went of this school and all her children went to this school. I wanted to make her something very special, she is a awesome caring person.

Many years ago the High School Gym was getting new bleachers and I had an opportunity to salvage many hundred board feet of beautiful clear yellow pine. This ring’s center band is made from those old bleachers that this lady sat on to watch her children and relatives play many games.

This year the school is replacing the gym floor and I salvage some of that material to create the outer most bands. All of her children have played many different sports on this floor.

There is also two thin Paduck rings to separate the materials and also to represent the schools colors.

My next rings will be a couple of wedding bands, for my wife and myself


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View a1Jim's profile


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#1 posted 05-18-2009 10:19 PM

That’s so great that not only did you make the rings but the material has history


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#2 posted 05-18-2009 10:32 PM

Love the ring! Love the history more!!

I’m sure she will not only appreciate the ring, but the sentimental value of the school woods and colors bein used.

Very touching.

Keep it up.


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

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#3 posted 05-18-2009 10:38 PM

Great ring and a great story for them! Did you turn the ring or work on it by hand?

-- Mark, Florida,

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#4 posted 05-18-2009 11:11 PM

After looking at your nice ring I decided to see your other projects, and I have to say I am certainly impressed with the diversity and quality of of your projects. I think your sawhorse is especially ingenius. I favorited it right away. Thanks for your generosity in sharing it ith the LJs.From the various comments I understand you will be selling plans for it. I wish you the best of luck with it!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 05-19-2009 01:44 AM

Great Save! Great Story! Great Ring!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#6 posted 05-19-2009 03:09 AM

Mark, I turned the outside and hand worked the inside. I also forgot to mention that the old gym floor was hard maple. It is really hard to tell from the picture, the picture turned out really dark. I was very impressed on how well the end grain of the yellow pine turned out. Thanks for everyones comments.


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#7 posted 05-19-2009 12:19 PM

Lovely ring and the story behind it is also good. I am sure the person will love it too for a long time.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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