Bentwood Ring - Rosewood and Birch

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Project by FrankLad posted 05-24-2009 03:49 AM 11051 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a wearable wooden ring made in the “bentwood” fashion.

No powertools are required in the process. It involves carefully bending strips of wood into a sharp circle.

The resulting ring is very durable – even moreso than the layered / cut-out rings.

The inside layer or lining is made of Birch and the outside is Rosewood.

It was sanded with 320, 400, 800, 1000, and finally 1500 grit sandpaper to achieve a natural lustre. It was finished with Land Ark penetrating oil.

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#1 posted 05-24-2009 04:06 AM

Very impressive! I’ve seen several rings here on LJ but none of them looked as wearable as this one. It looks like it could be wearable by both women and men. Would you be interested in sharing the process or is it a closely guarded secret?

I think everyone on LJ should have one of these. We could be a super-secret woodworking society symbolized only by the ring. OK, I went and saw Angels and Demons yesterday so secret societies are on my mind.

All that aside, a wonderful piece that you can be proud of!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#2 posted 05-24-2009 04:12 AM

Great job. How thin was the wood when you bent it and how did you keep it so round? I would like to learn this too if you would be willing to post a blog on this subject.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 05-24-2009 05:20 AM

I’m really impressed by this. I’d love to see exactly how it was done.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 05-24-2009 05:30 AM

very nice…. when I saw the pictures, I started thinking what was the method to attached those together, but never thought it was veneers laminated together… looks great.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 05-24-2009 06:33 AM

neat !!!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 05-24-2009 07:32 AM

I agree ! I’d really like to know how you did this ?

Very Cool & Great job !!

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

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#7 posted 05-24-2009 08:36 AM

Great ring. How was it done. Can you do a blog please?


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

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#8 posted 05-25-2009 01:04 PM

Yes a blog would be nice…I’m very interested in seeing how that is done.

-- Vince

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#9 posted 05-26-2009 03:52 AM

Hey guys! With regards to the technique… it’s not really something I have down to an exact procedure yet.

It’s an area I researched for a few months (and am still looking into ways to streamline).

It’s pretty much the same in theory as how maple drums are made – just on a smaller scale. A strap is used to support the back of the steamed/wet wood while it is bent around a small cylinder. The difficulty is in hiding the seam. That involves creativity in trying to match the grain from one end to the other, and often means not simply doing a straight cut at the overlap, but an irregular one – and feathering out.

I don’t know of a way to do it other than by hand. ...and it requires lots of time and patience (hence the price on the bentwood rings.)

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#10 posted 05-31-2009 04:30 AM


That is truly amazing. I must have missed this last week, sometimes there are a lot of projects that go by between my visits, and I simply do not have the time to devote to looking around on the site like I should.

I can only imagine the difficulty of hiding that seam, especially on something so small. Have you ever thought of doing something to accentuate the seam instead of trying to hide it? How to do it? I am unsure right now. However, it might make things easier.

Just a suggestion, could you post a picture showing the seam? I am sure if people could see how you are doing it now, someone might be able to think up a better way.

Thanks for sharing this amazing piece. Keep up the good work.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#11 posted 06-05-2009 06:09 AM

Best looking wooden rings I’ve ever seen. Great designs. Thanks for sharing….............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#12 posted 06-05-2009 03:44 PM

Thank you so much, mtnwild!

RobH: On the next bentwood pic I upload, I’ll try and remember to take a pic of the seam. Thanks!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#13 posted 01-15-2010 07:35 PM

Frank, What a beautiiful work of art and a lot patience! I have been looking to make a bentwood ring for some time and the process seems very tedious but very rewarding. I have been following Dale Randles work and he also has some extremely beautil rings with inlays, carving (celtic knot) and various other. His web site is might be worth a look see.
I like the lamination process which seems rather simple comparing it to the bentwood method. So maybe, would it be possible to use a segmented process as one would use on bowls or pens, consequently all would be long grain as opposed to end grain. In the bentwood process what exactly are you bending the strips around? and how thick do the strips have to be? or does it really matter? Do you have to use a steaming method to bend the wood, or can one use thinner stripes?
Just some thoughts, but anyway your rings are really fantastic, Great Work, I’m a newbie at this site and it is very addicting. Thanks again, and keep the artistry flowing!

Augie, Colorado Springs, Co

-- Augie

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#14 posted 01-16-2010 03:39 AM

Hi, Augie! Thank you!

I’ve seen Dale’s website. Really nice work! I think he has some neat ring holders as well.

I’ve got a bit of info here about the cross-grain-laminated ring process, if you’re interested:

There are a few places where I’ve discussed the bentwood method (should be mentioned in at least a couple of my other Project threads.)

Thank you again!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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