First go at wood rings

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I’ve tried to make a few wood rings in the past, mostly by cutting using a hole saw and then taking it to a drum sander to shape it. Well, for my birthday I bought myself a nice bench top lathe and figured I would give turning rings and other jewelry a go. Never having used a lathe before, this has been a bit of a learning process, but one that I absolutely love.

I’ve been using olivewood, cocobolo, wenge, black walnut, and paduak. I started using a BLO and wax finish, but have started playing with blo+CA finish that some pen turners use. The results are nice so far, but I’m going to have to go buy some disposable gloves once my fingers become unstuck. Piece of advice – CA glue + paduak sawdust looks like dried blood on your fingers!

Let me know what you think… My sweetheart seems to think they’re turning out well, and her friends all want one. My next step is to try to bend a lining into the ring. Advice or suggestions on that would also be appreciated.



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#1 posted 07-18-2011 09:08 AM

They look great,
I thing, CA and Cocobolo don’t mix well. the oils in the cocobolo will make the CA chip off. And one last thing, unless your Better half has long fingers those rings to me seem to be a bit large. I would make them about a 1/3 less narrower – IMHO.

All in all, Outstanding work.

-- If A equals success, then the formula is, A = X + Y + Z, Where X is work, Y is play, And Z is keep your mouth shut." -Albert Einstein.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 07-18-2011 01:34 PM

Those are some great rings. I especially like the one on the far right with the fine white stripe in the middle…..............Jim

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

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#3 posted 07-18-2011 09:58 PM

Thanks Andrew and Jim. I enjoyed making them. I agree, Andrew, they are a little larger – my sweetheart likes them that way, but I do plan on turning some narrower ones. Thanks for the advice on the CA+coco.

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#4 posted 07-20-2011 01:50 AM

looks great. been wanting to try my hand at this as well. keep on turning.

-- Dano Kaiser

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#5 posted 07-20-2011 01:27 PM

Very nice go at those rings I’d say. Well done!

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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