Bentwood Rings

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Project by FrankLad posted 07-01-2009 02:25 AM 6494 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s an assortment of bentwood rings I’ve made recently.

- Walnut lined with birch
- Mahogany
- Red Oak
- Bubinga
- Rosewood
- Tropical Olivewood

These are finished with several coats of Arm-R-Seal and buffed with Black Bison. (Except for the last two, which have a natural oil finish applied.)

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#1 posted 07-01-2009 03:20 AM

beautiful. The rings, and the photos. I’m going to have to try this style of ring making next… lest I make a dozen more that still don’t fit my wife!

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

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#2 posted 07-01-2009 03:40 AM

amazing rings well done


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#3 posted 07-01-2009 05:57 AM

Thanks, scottb! I’m enjoying the work you are coming out witih as well! I’m really aching to try some osage orange in the bentwood style (special thanks to your brother-in-law ;) ).

I was making all of my prototypes or “show rings” to my size, but have since started making many of them to my wife’s size (or making two of each ring in both sizes). LOL! We both have quite a handful of them now. I personally wear this one bentwood ring in particular (zebrawood finished with Mike Mahoney’s Walnut oil). Have had it on for over a month now, just to see how well it holds up to handwashing and everything else. As with my metal wedding ring, I have not removed it. So far, so good!

Thanks, a1Jim! I really appreciate the positive feedback!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#4 posted 07-01-2009 06:57 AM

All Are fantastic! Love your rings.

Keep it up.


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

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#5 posted 07-01-2009 07:59 AM

Awesome craftsmanship Frank. I can see why you are so busy with orders. Great photography skills too.

Some with the bentwood style, are you telling us there is a seam in there somewhere? Cause I can not see one….

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#6 posted 07-01-2009 03:50 PM

edit above, “So” not “Some”

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#7 posted 07-02-2009 01:50 AM

Thanks, Scrappy! :)

Robs: Thanks! They do have a seam, but I try my best to hide it. I never leave a straight cut on the ends (that would make the seam very apparent) Instead, I cut it to a point or irregular shape. Depending on the wood, I sometimes get creative with the grain to have it match up. In all cases, I feather the ends with sandpaper.

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#8 posted 07-16-2009 04:30 PM

Gorgeous! I’m inspired to try this myself.

-- Woodworking is easy as 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510...

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#9 posted 07-28-2009 05:46 PM

Thanks, Bret! If you do, I’d like to know how it turns out!

All the best!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#10 posted 08-04-2009 06:31 AM

So beautiful. Sure would like to see a video of the process

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#11 posted 08-19-2009 03:10 AM

Thanks, Gary! It would be a loooong (and maybe even boring to some) video. HA HA! I’m thinking about doing maybe a pictorial type deal to put on our website. Got lots of ideas but the orders are kinda preventing me from doing some of the neat things I’d like to do with our site (but I guess that’s a good problem – heh).

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#12 posted 09-10-2012 01:56 PM

Incredible work. I saw your rings on here and it has inspired me to try the process on my own and see what I can come up with. I don’t normally work with my hands on anything – I am a web/graphic designer and needed something to pull me away from the computer and get my mind on something else.

I do have a question for you though on part of your process. I noticed on one of your posts that you have an acrylic finish on the rings to help make them water-proof and last longer. How do you go about getting the acrylic finish on the rings?

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