Osage Orange and Cherry Ring

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Project by scottb posted 06-11-2009 02:42 AM 2798 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A thin band of Cherry bisects the continuous grain of this Osage Orange ring. (pictured on the piece of wood it was cut from. From, or near my BILs house in TX. Thanks Rob!)

Beautiful, durable, and strong, the heavy, close-grained yellow-orange wood is very dense and is prized for tool handles, treenails, fence posts, electrical insulators, and other applications requiring a strong dimensionally stable wood that withstands rot. Straight-grained osage timber (most is knotty and twisted) makes very good bows. In Arkansas, in the early 19th century, a good Osage bow was worth a horse and a blanket.

This might not get you a horse, but it’ll surely get some attention. This ring (US size 9 or 9 1/4 – approx 19mm inside diameter, 21.5 mm outside), is the lightest, thinnest ring I’ve made yet. I started out making a smaller ring, (Inside dia), then with sanding the inside got closer and closer to fitting my finger perfectly. So I kept at it until It was perfect, and it was!... (at least while the ring was, literally, HOT of the lathe, all the sanding and buffing.) Now it’s just a wee bit to tight for my ring finger and loose on my pinky. I’m wearing it as I type this, and it’s like it’s not even there, so thin and comfortable!

Like the others, the center band is glued perpendicular to the grain of the outside for increased strength and stability. Finished with (bathed in) walnut oil, (which seems to have darkened it a tad more than I expected… but in the right light, Oh the grain and chatoyance!) and buffed with “bowling alley” floor wax.

This is the 10th project in my 30 projects in 30 days challenge

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-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#1 posted 06-11-2009 02:44 AM

this is just as nice as the others.
you should make yourself a ring display/holder!

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#2 posted 06-11-2009 02:57 AM

Great Idea darryl. I like this one too. Wish I could find some of that Osage orange. I really like the projects I see made with it.

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

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#3 posted 06-11-2009 03:04 AM

Scott, beautiful ring !!
I was wondering if you applied any sanding sealer before applying the walnut oil ?
Bowling alley wax makes this ring a 300 game. LOL


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#4 posted 06-11-2009 03:10 AM

Scott a great looking ring. Nice job on the wood selections.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 06-11-2009 03:27 AM

I love the Osage too, It’s probably my favorite wood. The color, grain, chatoyance perfect combination of strength and beauty… If only it grew up here!

Sanding sealer, didn’t occur to me. I have a sister blank to this one ready to go,... lets see what a difference that makes!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 06-11-2009 04:03 AM

Not sure if oils will penetrate the sanding sealer though. I read somewhere to put oil first, then sanding sealer, then wax. Not really sure about this either.
Looking forward to your results !!


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#7 posted 06-11-2009 12:06 PM

These rings are really nice. If you keep posting them, I’m going to want to try to make one. I really like the detail and color combinations.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 06-11-2009 04:27 PM

Sweet and from my backyard too! FYI, I just sent a few chunks back with Dad, hopefully it is something you can use. I’m a big fan of the wood too, mainly the strength-beauty combination.

All your rings seem wider than others posted here, is that a result of the lathe method versus the more hand cut process? Of course on the flip side, the wall thinness of this one is amazing. No need to worry about breaking as with age it will turn to stone.

Nice work, as usual.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#9 posted 06-12-2009 04:16 AM

Yep, thanks for them there chunks… Re: the width, you must have been reading my mind. I started off making them a bit wider than my wedding band, and am slowly coming down…. or at least I thought so, my first was the narrowest. Working with such huge tools compared to the work makes everything seem so small. I couldn’t even fit my skew inside of them! Once they’re turned and smoothed, its pretty quick business to take them down with a little time spent sanding. Stay tuned, I’ve got a few more blanks (and back up blanks) glued up and ready to roll. Umm, I mean turn.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#10 posted 06-12-2009 07:03 AM

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#11 posted 06-12-2009 12:37 PM

I bought this mini set of turning tools from woodcraft. They work very nicely, and they are more sized for the smaller turnings. I recommend.

How did you make out with sealer? I’m going to try it today.


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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