Bracelets for Mothers Day

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Project by Ron Henricksen posted 05-10-2010 07:15 AM 1446 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing a post by ScottB for his bracelets, I really wanted to figure this out and have something to put in my boxes when I give them away. My first few attempts got to thin and broke. I found that 1/4 inch is about the right width to maintain the bracelet. The small bracelet is made from a piece of African Mahogany. I cut an oversized square of material, then trace the outer circle with a compass on it. Round it on the sanding drum on my drill press, then do an inner circle about 5-6/16ths thick. Cut out the center with a jigsaw and then using the sanding drum to clean up the inner circle I then shape the overall bracelet with hand sanding from 100-800 grit.

The African Mahogany bracelet is 2 6/16 on the inside, 2 13/16 on the outside and 1/4” thick.

The larger bracelet is Walnut on the outsides and maple on the insides. The dimensions are 2 10/16” on inside, 3 3/16” on the outside and 1 1/16” thick (from hand to elbow). The finish is 8 coats of wipe on polyurethane gloss.

I have asked several women to try on the bracelets and find that 2 6/16” will fit a small women but that the larger 2 10/16” is required for a fuller framed women.

Next time: I am planning to do the center lamination using triangles of the wood so that on all four sides there is no end grain showing. That is one of the problems with the walnut and maple bracelet the maple is much less figured and a different color on the end grain. Perhaps even include spokes of the contrasting wood at the lamination points of the triangles. I have seen this used on some rings here.

They were a big hit with both my wife and my daughter-in-law. In the process several friends who tested them have also asked for one. So I have some blocks in the vise already clued up. Great way to use up small scraps and avoid giving someone an empty box.

-- Ron, Aptos, CA

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#1 posted 05-10-2010 07:52 AM

Well done, those are nice bracelets.

-- Vince

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#2 posted 05-10-2010 08:26 AM

Great job on the bracelets. Nice color combos. Good info on the sizes. Thanks.

Keep it up.


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

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#3 posted 05-10-2010 09:10 AM

Looks very nice. I also wanna try that some day.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#4 posted 05-10-2010 12:25 PM

Nice bracelets. Also thanks for the info.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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