First Ring

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Project by SailorDaddy posted 03-21-2014 04:30 AM 1332 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok LJ’ers. I am back and actually posting something after a stint on the open sea, a hardship discharge, a move across the country, a period of being unemployed, a new job, getting my own piece of property in CA, and a new addition to my big little family (a baby girl).

Here is my first ring. I do not wear my titanium ring that I now have because I don’t want to get shocked at my job wearing a metal ring at work. (I work with batteries). I broke my original gold ring then a tungsten ring after that, so I will most likely break this one but I won’t get shocked. I made it out of “Texas Ebony” that a buddy gave to me while I was still in the Navy. I don’t know what tree that comes from so if anyone knows please let me know. I used a drill press and a hole saw to get the shape, then hand sanded with 60 grit to get the comfort fit on the inside and rounded shape on the outside. It is finish sanded to a 400 grit. I then used CA glue to finish and sanding up to 12000 grit for that polished look. If anyone has any pointers on how to keep CA glue from getting attached to my parchment paper I used on the finishing jig I made, I would love to know. I think doing the outside first then inside would help. I now have a lathe so the next one will be turned. I am looking forward to that.

-- God, Family, Country, Woodshop!

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#1 posted 03-21-2014 01:05 PM

Good looking wood. Nice ring. You may want to progress to doing a bent wood ring.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#2 posted 03-21-2014 03:05 PM

Nice ring! I like the approach you took to make it! I just might try that :) As for the parchment paper, try using wax paper instead, the stuff you get from the grocery store, CA does not bind to wax! I pour a glob of CA on a strip of wax paper when I glue up pen tubes to wood blanks, haven’t had a problem yet.

-- -- Measure twice, cut once; why, did the wood grow?

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#3 posted 03-27-2014 01:28 PM

Great ring, the ebony looks great and well finished. Great job!

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