Hand carved anniversary ring

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Project by chris1228 posted 09-19-2011 04:44 AM 2282 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am always trying to find “outside the box” gifts for my wife, so with our 13th anniversary immanent I decided on trying to replicate her engagement ring. At first, I wasn’t even sure that I could do anything that delicate and small. Knowing that the band would be thin and some of the areas of the ring had openings in them, I went with the hardest piece of wood that I had in my shop at the moment. That happened to be a piece of red oak. I began by cutting out a piece 2”x2”. I used a forstner bit to drill a hole slightly smaller than the finger hole in the middle of the piece. Then I drew the outline of the original ring onto the piece, rough cut it out on the scroll saw. I then cut the thickness down on the bandsaw, then went to work with knife, drimmel, drill, and a whole lot of work. It is hard to see all of the detail from the pics, but I was pleased with the outcome. I am going to put a high gloss clear finish on it, and I am making a ring box for it.

-- Chris - Tallassee, AL.

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#1 posted 09-19-2011 04:54 AM

That’s a beauty, nice work!

-- I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.

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#2 posted 09-19-2011 05:16 AM

I’m astonished at a number of things: How you got to use the original, how you thought of it, how you had the nerve to try it and how well you did with the build. Wow. It’ll be a little delicate for sure but I sure see some big smiles in your future.

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#3 posted 09-19-2011 06:21 AM

Wow…I’m majorly impressed…and you know what? She WILL be too!! Beautiful (and delicate) work. I carve myself, so I know how easy it is to break off those small delicate areas, but you made this look like a piece of cake! :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#4 posted 09-19-2011 07:50 AM

very niice :-)
well having the guts to borrow her ring ... do you walk around with a dead wish … LOL

about the highcloss …. ask shipwright if epoxy wuold add some extra strength to your ring
just a thought since I have heard some is using it for finish


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#5 posted 09-19-2011 02:10 PM

WOW That is really something. Amazing the detail and with such a small piece. You have really out done yourself. Would love to see a repost hen you do the ring box for this.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#6 posted 09-19-2011 02:11 PM

Cool, very, very cool!

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#7 posted 09-19-2011 04:00 PM

Thanks everyone for the positive comments. vipond33: The ring was in her jewelry box and I only had it for about 3 hours, so she didn’t even know. The idea just popped into my head one day, and I really didn’t think that I would be able to do an acceptable job. However, the more that I worked the wood, the more I could see the shape coming out. So I kept moving to smaller and smaller tools, and this is the result. Dennis: Thanks for the epoxy tip. Michael: I will repost after I complete the box.

-- Chris - Tallassee, AL.

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#8 posted 09-20-2011 04:18 PM

Ooooo, very nice!!!!!

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