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Project by PurpLev posted 08-29-2010 03:38 AM 2787 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked me to make her a ring holder in the shape of a pyramid or some sort to have a dedicated place for the rings as sometimes they need to be searched for 8o) .

At first I thought I’d rig my drill press to turn something, but thought it may be too much trouble at the moment while I’m still trying to organize the garage, plus I didn’t feel like messing around with jigs and fixtures – although in the future I may set something up. I ended up shaping this entirely with my block plane and a HD rasp. I kinda like how it came out.

Someone posted a while back how small a cutoff needs to be to be trashed. This ring holder was actually made of a cuttoff piece of curly maple that I used to make my #6 plane tote It’s made from the cutoff piece behind the tote where you can see the initial curve that I used as a base for this holder:

I chiseled the waste as close as I could to my planned shape, and rasped the rest while also rounding it all off. the bottom was then chamfered to give it a distinct looks like it’s a free standing piece.

Finish is 1 coat of BLO, and 2 coats of oil poly (minwax)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 08-29-2010 03:41 AM

It is downright painful to throw away even the smallest piece of wood that is special. My hat’s off to you for this piece. Thanks for sharing. Jack p.s. funny, I was the first to comment on you hammer too! ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#2 posted 08-29-2010 03:56 AM

Very neat solution. Reminds me a bit of a Rhino horn and certainly has great character.

-- Gary D.

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#3 posted 08-29-2010 05:26 AM

Sharon A great piece and a nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 08-29-2010 06:00 AM

Nice job! Looks a bit like an ancient fertility symbol to me. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 08-29-2010 07:30 AM

Great accomplishment! You fulfilled the desire of the most important person in your life, created a beautiful and useful item, and did it all with a piece of special wood. Bravo!

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#6 posted 08-29-2010 11:02 AM

Hmmmmm… Since this looks much like a raised digit and is meant to act as a stand in for one, and since she liked the gift, I guess you could say you gave her the finger and she was happy about it! ;)

Seriously, really nice idea and a great use of what many people would think of as scrap. As long as you can see it, it’s too big to toss out.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#7 posted 08-29-2010 11:26 AM

Never, ever throw anything away!!!
You have proved that point beautifully!
Great piece of wood… very nice ring holder!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#8 posted 08-29-2010 02:31 PM

What a clever and well executed idea. I have a bunch of curly maple cut offs in the shop I just didn’t have the heart to throw away…. Think I know what I plan on doing with them now. I know a bunch of women in my life who would love something similar.

Thanks a bunch for sharing…..

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 08-29-2010 04:39 PM

Very neat idea! Great use of scrap wood. Great work.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#10 posted 08-29-2010 05:03 PM

Nicely sculpted. Thnaks for posting

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 08-29-2010 06:51 PM

My first thought was also the Rhino, and my French girlfriend was saying a strong finger, so I can see we were not all of.
Nice little ring holder, and I’m sure it made you popular.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#12 posted 08-29-2010 11:35 PM

I fully agree.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 08-30-2010 02:58 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone – indeed it looks like all those things mentioned. on a side note – I trashed a 32 hallong bag of scrap wood today – just can’t hold onto scrap anymore, it’s over filling the garage :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#14 posted 08-30-2010 03:12 AM


Nice work – short project with value and sentiment, too.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#15 posted 08-30-2010 03:50 AM

fantastic design

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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