Bloodwood and Maple Ring

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Project by Chris Wright posted 04-23-2010 08:51 PM 2787 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, here’s my entry for the “Nothing New But the Glue” challenge. I’ve turned a wood ring before, but this was the first time I tried the inlay. Starting with a piece of Bloodwood I had, I drilled a 1” plug out of it as a blank and attached it to a face plate to turn. After getting the shape roughed out the way I liked I turned the groove in to the center of the band about an 1/8” wide and about a 1/16” deep. I then took a strip of 1/8” maple I had left over from a previous project and sanded it down along it width to make it just over 1/16” thick by 1/8” wide. I used a piece of copper pipe I heated as a bending iron and steam bent the maple into a ring. I had to be careful while bending and wripping it to keep it from cracking. Trimming it to the right length was the next challenge. I didn’t want to trim it to short. I used making tape wrapped super tight around the whole ring as a clamp to hold the maple in place while the glue dried. The next day I finished turning the outside shape, the inside, then sanded to 600 and applied the finish. I used about 5 coats of thin CA glue to make a nice tough finish, lightly sanded that then polised it to give it the final shine. I made a jam chuck to sand and finish the end I cut off the face plate.

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#1 posted 04-23-2010 09:05 PM

Great job!!!

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#2 posted 04-23-2010 09:15 PM

good job…

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#3 posted 04-24-2010 02:07 AM

Chris this is beautiful. Looks like it might be my size too…LOL
I love the color combo, always a good choice.
Best of luck with the challenge : )


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#4 posted 04-24-2010 08:43 AM

Great ring. Have made a couple, but not since I got my lathe. Great choice of woods. They work well together

Keep it up.


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#5 posted 04-24-2010 01:54 PM

A very nice, & unique way of making a ring.


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#6 posted 04-28-2010 02:40 AM

great work… looks fantastic

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