Bent Wood Ring

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Project by that1wood posted 03-05-2012 09:20 AM 8848 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started out making the “sandwich” laminated style. After much trial and error I made a few that held up for a couple of months and one that has made it about a year now. But I still was not happy with the strength of the laminated ones though I prefer the look so I found an easy way to make the bent style ring using steam and super glue. The first few turned out pretty good, but I eventually got tired of the mess of the super glue(getting it on my clothes, but mostly sanding it off of my fingers.) but the advantage of super glue is that it can be a finished product very quickly and that it makes a strong bond and a great finish for any small wood project. But my dad always provides me with more wood working wisdom. I heard about people “impregnating” these rings with super glue, making them stronger. My dad pointed out by asking me this; “Do you think that the glue is stronger than the wood?” I don’t think it is. So I started using normal Elmers white which worked pretty good, but I soon got Gorilla Wood Glue and that seems to do the trick. With the trial and error portion out of the way and a decent quality with a classic and “lined” or 2-tone ring, I am looking to begin inlaying and making hybrid rings. I see alot of wood rings on here and they are all very good! So I am looking for some input on where to begin with inlaying. What are some easier inlay projects for rings?

Also, you can see some of my bent wood rings here, and I have some more small jewelry projects I will post soon!

Thanks a bunch for checking out my first post on here!


-- that WOOD be cool..... JL

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CrossGrain (Josh)

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#1 posted 03-05-2012 01:14 PM

Well done, those rings look really good!

I had found an instructable for making bentwood rings with a couple of simple inlays of crushed stones—could probably be adapted to dowels or strips of a contrasting wood pretty easily. I haven’t gotten around to making them myself yet, but the instructions are very clear.

Welcome to LumberJocks! I look forward to seeing your future projects!

-- Josh, Virginia ,

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#2 posted 03-05-2012 11:27 PM

Those rings looks great! I’ve only done a few turned rings and know the patience they require which is the reason I’m afraid to attempt the bent wood. Something simple to inlay with is a thin piece of copper wire and I think it would look great with some of the ones you have pictured.

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#3 posted 03-05-2012 11:38 PM

Here’s a link to what I’m talking about. Not on a ring and if you don’t have a lathe it may prove difficult to do on a ring so small but as you can see the effect is stunning.

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Terry Miller

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#4 posted 03-06-2012 01:01 AM

Beautiful! Do you use a regular ring mandrel to make different sizes?

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#5 posted 03-06-2012 03:44 AM

Yes turnips I use a mandrel taper to measure sizes and I also have a ring of plastic rings, 4 of each size that i received as a gift from someone. Probably redily available. I may try cutting a small portion out for a wood inlay like in the bentwood ring instructable

-- that WOOD be cool..... JL

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#6 posted 03-06-2012 06:44 AM

Very Nice looking rings!
Great job!

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

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#7 posted 03-07-2012 06:04 PM

Sorry Terry I didn’t understand the question right away! I first used anything I could find anything near me to wrap them around. But I made a few maple dowels on a lathe that work nicely. But really if you look at the finger you are gonna make it for and find something similar in size that it round, you can use it. I stopped worrying about it getting the rubber band or and anything else stuck on it because I sand it afterward, cleaning it up as I go. Cant let it glue to whatever you wrap them around though!

-- that WOOD be cool..... JL

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#8 posted 04-25-2013 03:28 AM

What Gorilla glue did you use? The just for wood one or the superglue like one? What was the dry time like?

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