Where to buy ring making supplies. This is something that new woodworkers run into as they learn about making wooden rings. Thankfully, there are a lot of places that you can buy ring making supplies from. Here are a few to get you started.
Where to Buy Ring Making Supplies
So, you are getting into ring making, and you need some stuff. This is where finding a good supplier or a few good suppliers is very handy. Thankfully, there are a lot of different ways to find ring making supplies.
One of my favorites is your local woodworking store, but you can buy online as well. Some craft stores have a small wood selection, but they are good for other reasons that I will tell you about later.
You can also forage for supplies, which will be very fruitful especially if you are already a woodworker. In this case, you might already have everything you need.
Either way you go, having a good supplier for your tools and materials is very important. You can read about ring making online to see the tools and the materials that you need, and then you can use that information to find your supplies. Let’s take a little deeper look into the options… Read more “Where to Buy Ring Making Supplies”
Can Wooden Rings get wet? This is a common question, and one that I answer frequently for people making wooden rings and for people thinking about wearing them. It largely depends on the finish, and the type of exposure, but the long answer is that I don’t recommend it.
Can Wooden Rings Get Wet?
Most people that have traditional rings rarely take them off. This is mainly because you can do just about anything to a traditional ring. These rings get wet, they get dirty, they get bumped against things…and we just keep on going.
We have been conditioned that we can treat our metal jewelry a little on the poor side, and we have the same expectation for wooden jewelry.
The problem with that expectation is that the materials are completely different. Wood is naturally a material that absorbs and lets out water. As the water or humidity level changes around the ring, the wood will take in and expel water.
This can happen in a humid place, and it can also happen while washing your hands. It’s a property that metal does not have, which means it’s a little unfair to compare the two as equals. Thankfully, you can do a couple things to help prevent you from damaging your ring by getting it wet… Read more “Can Wooden Rings Get Wet?”
Ring making for beginners. This is a brief explanation of the wooden ring making process, and what you will need to get into the hobby. Ring making is fairly easy, and with the right start you can be making rings very quickly. Here is how.
Ring Making Guide for Beginners
As a beginner, you may not have a ton of woodworking experience, or you may just be looking for another project that you can do with your scraps.
Either way, the ring making process is fun, and you can find success no matter what your current skill level. That’s the beauty of this easy beginner level woodworking project.
Wooden rings are really straight forward at the most basic level, but you don’t have to stop there. The real beauty in ring making is that you can make it as challenging as you like.
For less experienced woodworkers, you can follow a simple process, like the one I outline in my book on ring making. This will give you everything you need to get on the path to making really nice rings right away. If you are a well seasoned woodworker with more projects under your belt, then you can use that expertise to push the boundaries of what a wooden ring looks like. You can get really creative, and produce some truly excellent work… Read more “Ring Making for Beginners”
How durable are wooden rings? This is a question that I get asked by nearly everyone that sees my rings. The answer depends a lot on the user, but wooden rings are more durable than people think. Here are three great ways you can get the most wear from your handmade rings.
Are Wooden Rings Durable?
I get asked a lot of questions about making wooden rings, and one of the most common has to do with durability. Obviously metal is a lot stronger than wood, so the first thought is that wooden rings are brittle and breakable.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. Yes, metal rings are stronger, but wooden rings that are made well can last a very long time.
There are a few factors that go into how long a ring will last, but they are mostly controllable. The first is how the ring is made. There are many methods of making a wooden ring, and the best produce really durable rings.
Another factor in how durable your wooden ring will be is the finish. Some finishes are going to protect the ring more than others, but through good handling practices you can give your ring a better chance even if you use a more natural finish.
Finally, handling. This is the most important factor in how long your wood ring will last. It’s up to you how you treat your ring. The better you treat it, the longer it will last… Read more “How Durable are Wooden Rings?”
It’s fun to make and sell wooden rings, and you can get started for a very low cost. It’s even easier than it looks to make a wooden ring, and if you are looking for a project to make and sell, this might be the one for you. Here is how you can get started.
Making and Selling Wooden Rings
The first thing you need to do in order to start making selling wooden rings is to learn how to make them. My book shows the entire process for a beginner, and uses the smallest tool set possible as well.
Being brand new, expect to spend some quality time in the shop learning your skills before you can start successfully selling your wares.
It is possible in the beginning to sell what you make for a reduced price due to you being new to the craft, but don’t plan on it until you see what kind of work you are capable of at first.
If you already know how to make wooden rings, then you are slightly ahead. Knowing how to make them gives you a bit of an advantage, and from there you just need to find customers. Depending on how much exposure you already have, there are options. Read more “Make and Sell Wooden Rings”
There are several reasons why I made my own wedding ring. The project itself is very special, and the cost savings over buying a traditional ring is well worth your time. I’m glad that I made my ring, and here is how you can do it too:
Why I Made My Own Wedding Ring
A wedding ring is a very personal item, and I always knew that I wanted to make my ring instead of buy it. Having been a woodworker for a long time, the natural choice was to make it from a piece of wood.
When you wear a wooden ring, you run the risk of breaking it through normal daily activities. For a wedding ring, especially one that you would want to wear all the time, wearing something breakable is not an option.
After a lot of looking around, I decided to use a metal ring inside a wooden exterior. This is the ultimate union of function and looks, and gives you the best of both worlds.
A wood and metal ring allows you to take advantage of the strength of the metal, and ensures that your ring is going to last a lifetime. The wood on the outside lets you show off the beauty as well as the different look of a wooden ring. There are many more reasons I made my own wedding ring, and even if you are new to woodworking, it’s easier to make than you think… Read more “Why I Made My Own Wedding Ring”
Today I am going to show you the basic process for how to make a wooden ring. This is an easy way to make a ring for a beginner, and it requires very few tools. Wooden rings are a lot of fun to make, and they are also great gifts. You can really let your imagination run wild and create some beautiful rings.
How to Make a Wooden Ring – Step 1
Rings are made from either a solid piece of wood or a laminated blank. Whichever way you decide to go, you need to create a blank and drill it.
Most ring blanks are anywhere from 1/4 inch thick to over 1/2 inch thick. Purchase wood from a woodworking store in thin pieces and create a small blank for your ring.
Make sure that it is large enough to drill safely by hand or on the drill press. I use hold downs for my drill press, but if you are using a hand drill just make a larger blank that you can clamp down to the bench while drilling. Use a good Forstner bit to drill through the wood. Read more “How to Make a Wooden Ring”
Fitting a wooden ring for comfort is one of the most important things that you can do for any ring you sell. Even the most beautiful wooden ring in the world will end up in a drawer if the fit is not right. Fitting your rings well ensures that they will be worn, enjoyed, and showed off by the owner. It all starts with the fit.
Checking the Fit With a Ring Mandrel
There are a number of good ways to fit a wooden ring. There are tools available for the task, and they are not expensive.
I recommend buying a ring mandrel online or from a craft store. Get a metal one if you can, just because it will last longer.
When you are given a ring size from a customer, all you need to do is double check it against your ring mandrel. It’s a small step to sure that the fit will be right, and that you didn’t accidentally drill the wrong size hole. That can happen by mistake, and you may never find out until you get a call from the customer. Read more “Fitting a Wooden Ring For Comfort”
This ring making tip is all about roughing out your blank before sanding. Roughing the blank to the point where it can be turned on the lathe or sanded is an important step that removes most of the waste wood. Once the excess is gone, the rest of the shaping process is much easier.
Ring Making Tip No. 1 – Rough Out Your Ring Making Blank
Almost all laminated ring making blanks are going to have quite a bit of waste material. This is the nature of the construction process.
In a laminated ring, several pieces of thin wood are glued together in a stack. This stack is drilled for the proper finger opening, depending on the customer. After that, the ring shape is refined around that drill hole.
As you can see in the blank on the left, there are large corners, and lots of excess wood. If you are turning the ring on a lathe, or sanding by hand, removing this excess first will speed the process along nicely.
First, use a hand saw or a band saw to cut off the really large corners. It can be difficult to cut a nice circle right around the ring opening, and sometimes this can damage the blank. Saws create a lot of pressure when they cut, and if you cut the band very thinly, it can crack. Take off the bulk with the saw, then move on to the next step. Read more “Roughing out Your Ring Blank – Ring Making Tips”
If you want to know how to flatten wooden ring faces, the answer is probably sitting right on your bench. There is an easy technique for making surfaces very flat, and you will most likely need to buy nothing. All you need is sandpaper, and a flat surface.
Flattening Wooden Ring Faces
Start by finding a surface that is flat. Let me clarify. This is not just any surface, and surfaces that are kind of flat will not work. The surface needs to be completely flat.
Look around for a piece of thick MDF, or plywood that is very flat, and bring it over to the bench. You only need a piece that is a little bigger than your sandpaper. Use a straight edge to check the surface. If it’s not flat, find another piece.
There are also granite plates sold for this purpose, which are ground as completely flat as possible. These are nice to have, and I have one in my shop. Before then, I used a piece of 3/4″ thick MDF that I cut down to 10″ x 12″ with a table saw.
Next, you lay your sandpaper with the grit facing up on the flat surface, and hold it still with one hand. With the other hand, slide the face of the ring back and forth on the sandpaper. Check the surface often, as you can remove material quickly depending on what kind of sandpaper you are using. Make sure to hold the piece flat and even on the sandpaper, and don’t let it tip as you sand.
Work the ring back and forth until you can see sanding marks on the entire face. Once all areas have been touched, you will know that the ring face is flat. Flip the ring over and repeat the process on the other side. Once complete, you will have both faces completely flat, and you can continue your shaping and sanding to finish the ring.
This technique can be used for many aspects of woodworking. Try it out, and see how well it works in your process. If you end up using the method quite a bit, consider investing in a granite plate. I finally bought mine a couple years ago, and I was glad I did.
My book, Wooden Rings: How To Make Wooden Rings By Hand explains the process of making rings without many tools. If you have ever wanted to make a nice wooden ring for yourself or for a gift, this book is for you. There are step by step instructions, and examples of over 50 great looking wooden rings.
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