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Project by bushmaster posted 11-25-2016 09:56 PM 3513 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It been a busy last four day in my shop or my shed as the Australian friends say. I needed to start a new type project and had been thinking about making something to cut rings like the Ringmaster machine. No plan but as usual just check my scrap metal supply, After thinking of several possibilities I realised a block of one inch steel would work. I had bought the cutters from ring master several years ago with the idea to mount some sort of hold mechanism in my metal lathe and use the compound feed to cut the angle. One inch steel just fits in the tool holding clamp and the height position of the cutter would give room for set screw. So this is what it looks like with the cutters in place.

Milling the slot for the cutters.

That wasn’t all that hard, wish I had done it years ago as the rest was fun. In use.

A few pictures of finishing the first project, being that I have an actual wood lathe even if it is homemade I can do a few extra thing like a solid base and flared rim.

That was so much fun I cut several more and glued them up, will be busy next week finishing them up. Even made a bread board and knife for a Thanksgiving gift yesterday too (thumbnail) also picture taken yesterday for Roman

If interested in seeing this work I made a demo video. Here is the link.

Thanks for looking and comments appreciated. Also looking for information or chart for the proper angles to thickness of wood for setup. I am just making a diagram with the angle I use and dividing the distance in two. Any addition hints etc. on making a project.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 11-25-2016 10:07 PM

You are always thinking outside the square with brilliant ingenuity…
The bowl is beautiful,
The board a very nice gift,
And while the photo of the snow on the mountains is spectacular that’s about as close to the cold as this Aussie wants to be…. we have had a week of sunny weather ranging from 29-37deg”C” with a couple of late afternoon thunderstorms; summer downunder, got to love it…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 11-25-2016 10:21 PM

Pretty ingenious, Brian!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Mark Wilson

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#3 posted 11-25-2016 10:22 PM

Brian, you are a piece of work. (That’s a compliment, in case it doesn’t mean in Canuckleheadland as it means here.)

-- Mark

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#4 posted 11-26-2016 12:08 AM

I’ve been wanting to make something like that ever since I first saw some of the projects made with a RM on LJ. Well since I saw the price of an actual Ring Master anyway. I don’t have a metal lathe so the other challenge would be to make the screw driven carriage as well or find one I can use on a wood lathe. Thanks for the sharing.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#5 posted 11-26-2016 12:13 AM

Brian, I love that idea, oh , and the bowl and knife.
Great work Mate.
You never stop thinking outside the “Circle” do you.

Looking forward to seeing the others.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#6 posted 11-26-2016 01:49 AM

Those cutters sure seemed to cut easy and clean Brian. Good job on setting up your own holder for them. What’s next, a homemade coring tool?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#7 posted 11-26-2016 03:21 AM

As I have met Brian; do not put any project past him! Great craftsman and fine man too!

His usual extra FINE WORK!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#8 posted 11-26-2016 08:37 AM

Beautiful bowl and genious way to make it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 11-26-2016 12:02 PM

thinking outside the box ? I’m pretty sure Brian never saw the box, he obviously doesn’t need to with an imagination and execution like that. I can’t begin to express how impressed I am.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#10 posted 11-26-2016 03:45 PM

This bowl turned out beautifully.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 11-26-2016 11:47 PM

Clever stuff Mark and a great result.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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