Return of the (Teeny Tiny Osage) Ring

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Project by scottb posted 06-30-2009 03:58 AM 2872 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now this tops the scale… or rather whatever the reverse of that is, as the smallest ring made to date. Smaller in diameter than a dime, (barely larger than the power button on my Powerbook)
(something like 17mm outside diameter, 15mm inside)

This asymmetrical ring design has two outside bands of gen-u-wine Texas Osage Orange, and a center band of Yellow Heart. Sanded to 600 grit, ( I had to use dremel sanding drums to get the inside, nothing I’d previously made was small enough!) and finished with bowling alley wax. This ring was to replace the quasi-broken, unfinished one my wife claimed regardless of those, umm, qualities.
This one however is too small for her. I’ll have to try sanding the middle a bit more… otherwise there’s a little someone else in the house who really wants this one.

The other issue I’m encountering with these supersmall rings, you’ve probably already noticed, I can’t quite get the camera to focus on them, even with the macro setting. Now you know that’s small!

This is the 29th project in my 30 projects in 30 days challenge

cross posted on Facebook: B C Woodworking
this? and other projects, for sale on Etsy: B C Woodworking

-- 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 06-30-2009 04:04 AM

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#2 posted 06-30-2009 04:22 AM

congratulations on your continued success in your challenge!
the ring looks great, and I’m sure your daughter will love it!

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#3 posted 06-30-2009 04:22 AM

Very nice Scott,
Did you try using a tripod?
When set at macro, the slightest shake will blur things up.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 06-30-2009 04:50 AM

I love osage orange and have always suspected that it is hard enough to use for pipes. Ever done that?

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#5 posted 06-30-2009 04:52 AM

Nice precision work, Scott.

I assume you are using an auto focus camera. Try shooting outdoors, or at least in brighter light. This will cause the camera to choose a smaller aperture and/or higher shutter speed, and you’ll have fewer focus problems.

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

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#6 posted 06-30-2009 05:06 AM

tripod, indoors with 3 lights really close. I do get better results outside, but we’re on day 40? of rain here, so the sun is not an option this month. I used to live in the darkroom back in High School/College, but I’ve since joined the digital revolution. I miss the old SLR sometimes, but not enough to keep lugging it around with all the accessories, and the fortune I spent on film. I imagine I could ask Santa for a new digital camera come Christmas that is at least 5 times better than mine, for 1/2 what it originally cost.

I hear we might have a nice-ish day come Sunday. I suppose I could retake some pix then… or whenever the Sun remembers it’s summer in these parts.

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

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#7 posted 06-30-2009 07:37 AM

Nice. So A won’t let you finish her’s? Or you are afraid to crack it more? Great job usual

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#8 posted 06-30-2009 03:58 PM

Nice work, Scott! That is quite tiny! Smaller rings are my least-favorite to build. LOL!

With regards to macro photos… I was able to get one of those cheap (in terms of price – but not quality) macro adapters for my Canon Rebel DSLR. Basically, the adapter sits between the camera body and the lens. You could theoretically build something like this – just a spacer tube (which I’ve done before – but I don’t recommend, as you have more chance of getting dust on the sensor) but I found this one on Ebay for less than $20 (including shipping). It has stackable rings, depending on how close you want to get to the subject.
Try searching “Macro Extension Tube” on Ebay.

Hope that helps!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#9 posted 07-01-2009 06:38 PM

It looks like your macro isn’t able to get as close as you’d like. Notice in the first photo how the top of the picture (the lid of the box) is more focused, because it’s slightly further away. Try this: Move your camera back until the ring is in focus, use a tripod to get the crispest image, and then crop the photo afterward so the ring is the spotlight.

Beautiful ring!! I’m going to check out your Etsy shop now.

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#10 posted 07-02-2009 03:39 AM

Wow Scott, another beauty. Really tiny…..............LOL

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

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#11 posted 07-02-2009 03:45 AM

Scott a great job. Nice turning.

-- 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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#12 posted 02-22-2010 10:30 PM

very neat… I always wondered if rings could be done this small… thanks for answering my curiousity…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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