Small Wooden Ring Box

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Project by FrankLad posted 10-13-2009 03:57 AM 28562 views 30 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little wooden ring box was made from Austrailian T&G Flooring off-cuts. It has a 1/8” wood hinge and magnets to keep it closed.

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#2 posted 10-13-2009 04:07 AM

Definitely different. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#3 posted 10-13-2009 05:27 AM

Thanks, fellas! :)

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#4 posted 10-13-2009 07:04 AM


-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 10-13-2009 09:47 AM

How nice! This is definitely what you need when you give a wooden ring to somebody as a gift. Very good.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#6 posted 10-13-2009 12:58 PM

I llike the rustic look. A very unique little box. The magnets were a good idea too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 10-13-2009 06:48 PM

Wonderful Franklad. I especially like the back view #3. The surface finish just suits the whole style. Any more smoothing would be wrong.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#9 posted 10-13-2009 10:02 PM

Thanks, woodworm!

Junji: Thanks! ...and they aren’t too difficult to make.

stefang: Thank you! The magnets were easy to install, I might add. Found some online that are 1/8” and drilled an appropriate size and depth hole. They are quite strong! I had apprehensions about installing them where I did because the point furthest from the hinge would be ideal in terms of the box staying closed better. BUT I didn’t want to put them right at the front of the box. ...and now, I’m thinking they are so strong that putting them at the front would have given it a bit “too much” hold.

Jahar100: Thanks! :)

YorkshireStewart: Thank you! I did some shaping with a belt sander and carving knife. I decided to smooth over the whole thing with fine grit, but to leave those underlying marks and scratches.

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#10 posted 10-19-2009 10:49 PM

Nice design.


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#11 posted 10-26-2009 05:31 PM

love these boxes!

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

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#12 posted 02-22-2011 07:53 AM

I love your design! How did you go about setting the magnets into the wood? The work looks flawless!

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#13 posted 02-22-2011 11:50 PM

Thanks, lazar and scottb! (Sorry for the delay. Ha! Must have missed the email notifications on you guys’ comments.)

UPwoody: Thank you! I just used an 1/8” drill bit. If I remember right, I think I just went by the grain pattern on each piece – since they were a matched cut – to align the magnets.

In the hickory boxes, I drill through from the bottom and THEN cut the pieces. That way the hinge and magnet holes line up just right. ;)

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#14 posted 02-24-2011 02:03 AM

Ah, that makes perfect sense about the grain patterns. I see what you mean about the magnets being quite strong after reading about them. I’ve read how some use epoxy or glue to hold the magnets in the wood, and it seems as that would be the best method considering they’re only 1/8”, is this correct?

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#15 posted 02-24-2011 02:45 AM

Epoxy should work just fine. I use a thick viscosity CA glue and have had no problems.

The magnets are quite strong indeed. I’ve wondered about using only magnets (no hinges) at two or so points, but it seems like there could be issues with opening the box (ie. the ring could fly out somewhere).


-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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