How to Make a Wooden 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

how to make a wooden ringRings 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

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

fitting a wooden ringThere 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”

Roughing out Your Ring Blank – Ring Making Tips

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

ring making tips roughing out your ring blankAlmost 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”

How to Flatten Wooden Ring Faces

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

how to flatten wooden ring facesStart 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.

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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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Wooden Rings: How to Make Wooden Rings By Hand

Wooden Rings: How to Make Wooden Rings By Hand is my second book. After seeing wooden rings for sale online, I tried to make a few in the shop. It turns out that the process is fairly easy, and I ended up making hundreds of them. Once I made my wedding ring, I knew that I had to share the process with other woodworkers.

wooden ringsMy book Wooden Rings: How To Make Wooden Rings By Hand shows how to make wooden rings in an easy to follow, step by step manner. The book begins with a discussion of the tools and materials that you will need to be successful. I designed the instructions to minimize the number of tools needed, so that the most people could use the book.

Once you understand the tools, the materials section showcases some of the most beautiful and exotic wood species available. One key design element in wooden rings is wood selection. You can dramatically change the look of a wooden ring just by changing the wood.

After the tools and materials come the step by step instructions for making a wooden ring. The book assumes you know very little about woodworking, and explains each step with pictures and text. Once you understand the basic process for making a ring, you will be able to make several more using that same method.

Later in the text, wood lamination, grain direction, and using metal inside the rings is explained. These design elements allow you to do more with your wooden rings. They also broaden your ability to make an interesting and unique ring.

The text shows many example rings for inspiration. I made over 50 rings just to show in the book, and they all came out really well. It was a pleasure working with new lamination techniques, creating new designs, and showcasing my work.  The book is available on Amazon, and is full color. You can see it here: Wooden Rings: How To Make Wooden Rings By Hand

Wooden rings are a traditional item that makes an excellent gift. A handmade wooden ring is a step above, because your time and energy went into making the piece. When you put yourself into your work, the owner of the ring will be able to feel it.

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9 Great Ways to Make Better Wooden Rings

Wooden rings are very popular, and they are a fun project for any woodworker. What I am going to show you here is how to make better wooden rings. There are several things you can incorporate into your designs that will make your wooden rings stand out. Focus on a few of them in the beginning, and then branch out into the others as your technique develops.

9 Ways to Make Better Wooden Rings

  • Wood Selection. The more you know about available wood, the more choice you have.
  • Grain Direction. Paying attention to the grain gives you more design options.
  • Using Veneer. Any time you need a thin line of color, veneer is a great option.
  • Different Shapes. Rings don’t always need to be round.
  • Lamination Techniques. Making several different woods work together.
  • Inlays. Inlaying a wooden ring is easy, and adds a nice touch.
  • Metal Cores. To make a truly long lasting ring, a metal core can’t be beat.
  • Different Looks. Size norms can be challenged, and a beautiful ring can result.
  • Alternative Materials. Try out a different medium, or combine it with wood.

Wood Selection for Wooden Rings

wooden ring makingWood is the standard medium for wooden rings, for obvious reasons. When you decide to make better rings, you really need to start with the basics. There are hundreds of species of wood in the world, and yet most woodworkers are really only familiar with around a dozen.

If you want to make better rings, you need to become familiar with more types of wood.

The hardware store is not the best place to learn about wood. A great resource is a woodworking store or a hardwood store. If that is not an option, then a good book on wood identification is another great step. Look for one with color photos, which is a great way to see what is available in the world. The internet is also another great resource, and you can see the results right on your screen.

Do a search for exotic wood, and see what comes back. Look at the types that you like, and then find out their names. Once you know that, you can search their names and see if they have the right properties for building with. Most wood is perfectly fine for ring making in at least some capacity. Finally, after you find a couple new species that will work, buy a piece of each to begin working with.

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wooden ring makingOne way that I have learned more about the types of wood available is through researching projects that I have made. I learned about Mahogany, East Indian Rosewood, and Goncalo Alves from making acoustic guitars. Then, I learned about Briar and Cherry from making tobacco pipes. I was working on making wooden rings when I learned about Ebony, Wenge, and Kauri, which are all a pleasure to work with.

Spend some time reading and learning about wood. It’s the most basic medium for making wooden rings, and thankfully it’s very diverse. You can find wood in many different colors, even red, purple, yellow, green, and black. You can also find wood with many different types of figure, like flame, quilt, curl, and burl. The variety is just about endless, and you will always find something that looks interesting to work with.

I wrote about 5 great woods for ring making, which will introduce you to several fun and exciting species. This will get you on the path right away, and hopefully make you more curious about wood types.

Grain Direction for Ring Design

Paying attention to the grain direction when making wooden rings is an often overlooked design element by woodworkers. Most woodworkers pay attention to the grain direction when they are laminating a ring, but it’s more from the strength aspect than the design aspect. If you really want to make better wooden rings, start looking a little deeper at the woods you use. This includes the grain direction.

wooden ring makingThe grain direction is the general pattern of the grain, and how it appears to travel across a piece of wood. For most pieces, a clear grain direction can be easily seen. Some are a little less obvious, and some look like clear lines that you could see from outer space. Either way, the grain direction can be used as a design element.

I have a Cocobolo ring that I made a while ago, and I have featured it a couple times before on my website. The piece I used for the center of the ring was straight grained, and tightly lined, which looked great in between the Olive Wood faces.

Had the grain ran in the same direction as the Olive Wood,which was kind of a swirl, it would not have looked as nice. On this ring, the grain runs up and down, giving the piece a different look. It’s more than a difference in color that makes this wooden ring stand out.

complex laminated ringHad a different piece been used, the color arrangement would have been identical. However, the look would have been somewhat less.

The fact that you see bold straight grain lines running in a different than expected direction makes this ring stand out.

For more about grain direction, I wrote about it at length and show examples of how paying attention to grain direction on a wooden ring is a good technique. It can take a simple piece of wood and make it more interesting. It’s also an easy thing to incorporate in your designs.

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Using Veneer for Your Handmade Rings

wooden ring makingWood veneer for wooden rings is a huge design helper. Many times, you really just need a thin line of color. A piece of veneer is perfect for this. Whether you are breaking up two similar looking species, or making an entire lamination from veneer, the versatility of wood veneer cannot be overlooked.

Veneer is a thin sheet of wood that is sold in most woodworking stores. They come in just about every species, and are sold in small packs. One of the best things you can do is get a veneer variety pack, or a wood identification pack, which will instantly give you several different colors to choose from.

When you are working with veneer, it’s really not meant for the faces of the ring. The place where veneer shines is when it’s hidden inside a lamination. A simple three piece lamination takes on a new look when you add a couple layers of veneer. It’s only a simple addition, but it makes a visual difference.

Working with veneer is pretty easy, and your wood lamination rings can have more detail and dimension to them. Use wood veneer to break up two similar looking species of wood, which provides a heavier boundary. If you are making a Maple and Kauri ring, you can add a slice of Walnut veneer in between, and you instantly create a boundary between the two woods. You also show their differences more clearly, even though they are similar in color and grain type.

I show a nice example of using veneer for more than layering in another article. Veneer is a great material, and gives you more design options.

Different Shapes For Wooden Rings

Wooden rings don’t always have to be round. Sometimes, different is better. A way to make better rings is to not become trapped in what you have been told a ring looks like. There are far more shapes you can make than circles, and each one presents its own challenges.

wooden ring makingOne of the easiest ways for you to make a different shape is to try a flat top ring. This shape does not deviate from the standard too much, and that makes it an easy transition for most wooden ring makers. Simply create a round ring with a little extra space at the top. This space becomes a flat area, and changes the shape of the ring.

Flat top wooden rings are not the only shape out there. You can try geometrical shapes like octagons, squares, and hexagons. There are wooden rings made for three fingers at once, and they are only a little more difficult to make. If you look at the different shapes that you can see online, you will find inspiration, and you will be on the way to making better wooden rings.

My Ebony and Briar ring is an example of changing the standard shape. I made this from scraps that I have left over after making a tobacco pipe. The Ebony was from an acoustic guitar bridge, and they went perfectly together.

Lamination Techniques for Better Rings

kauri woodWood is the primary medium for making wooden rings, and one way to increase your design options and make better rings is to laminate your blanks first. Many woods look great all by themselves, but a well made lamination is a real treat to look at and wear.

Making the laminated blank is easy. After that, the turning or carving process is largely the same as with a single species.

Lamination is the technique of gluing several pieces of thin wood together to make one thicker piece. It can be as simple as two layers of wood, or as complex as 10 layers. Most wooden rings are laminated from three to five layers, and a large piece is laminated at once so that several blanks can be cut from the one piece.

I recommend that you make a lamination worth your time. Laminate a small block that is at least a few inches by a few inches. Or you can do something wide enough to make a single ring, but long enough to get several. This way, you have quick access to the same lamination the next time you need it.

There is no limit to your imagination when it comes to laminating wooden rings. I tell people to pick up several thinner pieces of wood in a few different species. Then, play around with them and see how they go together. If you have a thickness planer available, you can mill your own thin stock, and use any species you like for your ring.

If you do not have a thickness planer, it’s ok. Look for pieces already thinned down from a wood store. They are a little more expensive, but they will give up many wooden rings since such a small piece is used for each one.

grain directionLastly, pay attention to color agreement when you are laminating wood. Most good designs have lighter and darker pieces next to each other. This contrast makes it easy to identify the layers in the ring. If you used Maple/Ash/Maple in a ring, it may be hard to tell. However, if you used Maple/Cocobolo/Maple, it would be very easy.

I show how to make a laminated wooden ring in another article, and it explains the process well for someone that has never done it before. Once you start working with lamination, your design options will expand. It’s a fun process, and it makes better rings.

Using Inlays for Better Wooden Rings

Another way to make great wooden rings is to use inlays. Inlaying is the act of cutting an opening, and then making a piece fit inside. The surface is sanded flush, and the inlay is complete. If you incorporate basic inlays into your work, you will make better looking rings.

wooden ring makingInlaying can be a very complex exercise. There are woodworkers that spend their entire careers getting very good at making extremely intricate designs. Thankfully, if you want to work on basic inlays, it’s easy to learn.

The easiest inlay type is a round inlay. All you need is a drill bit of the same diameter as your inlay material, and you can do the inlay. For example, if you are inlaying a 1/8″ diameter round brass dot, all you need is a 1/8″ diameter drill bit.

First you drill the hole in the part of the ring that will be inlaid. Then, you cut a small piece from the end of your brass rod. Next, you apply a little two part epoxy in the hole. Finally, insert the brass into the hole, and let it dry. Once the epoxy has cured, sand the brass flush to the surface of the wood.

how to make fret dotsThe same thing can be done for larger round inlays, and with almost any material. Plastic, Brass, Copper, and Aluminum rods are available in hardware stores and online. They come in many different diameters, and are inexpensive. Pick up a few of these, and make sure you have the corresponding drill bits.

Practice the inlays on scraps. Once you get the hang of it, then try it out for real on one of your rings. You will be surprised at how much better your wooden rings will look with this one simple technique.

I cover making exotic wood fret dots in another article, and even though it has to do with guitar making, the inlay method is the same. I have inlaid fret dots on rings before, and they give the look of a large center stone.

Using Metal Cores inside Your Wooden Rings

Even the strongest pieces of wood are no match in durability for metal. Metal just has a strength that wood does not, and it’s a limitation that wooden rings have. Thankfully, there is a way to overcome that limitation. By combining materials, a wooden ring can be given a better chance at making it through a lifetime of use.

wooden ring makingPlain metal bands are very inexpensive. Found online, they can range in price from as little as $1, and up to around $20 depending on the material. They come in several types, including titanium, stainless steel, and other cheaper metals. They also come in Tungsten Carbide, but it’s too hard to shape on the lathe, so avoid buying that material.

If you have access to a lathe, then buy any simple band. Once you get it home, you will turn the outside diameter flat, and then epoxy wood over it.

If you do not have a lathe, or do not want to turn your own ring, then look for a ring with a flat outside profile. Also, look for one that is a little thinner, so that when the wood is added it’s not too bulky. Since the outside is already flat, all you need to do is epoxy your wood around the outside.

The size of the ring is determined by the size of metal ring you buy. Select the right size and fit, and have them shipped to your shop. I have a set of homemade carbide lathe tools, so that’s what I use to flatten the metal rings. You can also use them to thin a flat ring before you add the wood layer.

When I made my wedding ring, I knew that I was going to need something amazing. I also knew that a wooden ring would not last under the type of use that I would be putting it through. The solution was to make a Briar ring with a titanium core. The Briar on the outside gave me the look I wanted, and the metal on the inside gave me the strength.

Experimenting with Different Looks and Sizes

wooden ring makingA wooden ring does not have to fit the accepted norm. We covered that with looking at shapes other than round. For this way to make better rings, it’s all about proportions and sizes. After all, these different looks attract attention, and are still easy to wear.

I really like making taller rings. These look really attractive, and let you showcase several species of wood all in one place. They take up a lot more room, but since they still fit between two knuckles, they don’t interfere with natural hand movement. This means they are easy to wear, and still fun too. They also stand out.

wooden ring makingA taller or thicker ring makes a statement. Especially a taller ring. Thin rings tend to hide on the wearer, where larger sizes beg to be looked at. Try out a taller lamination and see what it looks like after shaping. If you find a design that you like, you can make a larger ring that really shows off more wood design.

I have a ring that I really like, and I used this technique to create it. It’s made from Bubinga and Bocote, and it a very tall example. Even with the size, it is not cumbersome to wear, and it attracts attention because it’s different.

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Using Alternative Materials for Rings

Wooden rings don’t have to be made from wood only. There are tons of materials out there that can add to your design choices. If you know where to look, a world of inexpensive choices await you. Besides, combining wood and other-than-wood materials is a great way to get the creative juices flowing and make better wooden rings.

wooden ring makingOne of the best places to find good ring making material is from a wood turning supplier. If you have ever turned wood pens, then you know what I mean. They have so many different types of materials available that you will get lost for hours looking at it all.

Pen makers use plastics quite a bit. They are typically acrylic, though they come in a few other names as well. Take a look at bottle stopper blank size pieces, as they will give you the size you are looking for when making a wooden ring. The pen blanks tend to be too small, but they can always be laminated into another design.

Another material that wood turners use is called Tru Stone. This is a man made stone like product that has a nice heavy weight. They create the product, and make it look like natural stone. When you work that into a wooden ring, it really adds beauty. Also, this material turns and sands much easier than actual stone, so it’s fun to work with.

wooden ring makingLastly, metal sheets are an interesting material to work with. These come in several thicknesses, and the soft metals cut the easiest. You can use this almost like you would use a layer of veneer.

The hidden benefit is that it adds strength like a metal core. If you use a nice two part epoxy, the wood and metal will hold together really well.

Depending on how you decide to make the ring, the sheets can be on the inside or the outside, and it will look differently. If you bury them on the inside, they will be less visible, and you can benefit from the strength without having to see more than the edge of the metal. If you do them on the faces, they can showcase more of the metal, while still framing the wood on the ring.

For More about Making Wooden Rings:

wooden ringsMy book, Wooden Rings: How To Make Wooden Rings By Hand explains the entire process of making wooden rings for beginners. It has step by step instructions, as well as examples of nearly 50 wooden rings. If you are interested in learning how to make a ring with very few tools, this book is very helpful.

Many of the examples that are on the cover are shown in the book, and they are all fun to make. If you are brand new to making wooden rings, the book focuses on using very few tools and basic techniques.

If you have been a woodworker for a while but just want some good instructions, the book works too. It’s easy to see what tools to use by the descriptions in the step. It was a pleasure making all of these rings for the book, and working with new and different lamination techniques. I also cover rustication, some inlays, and working with metal cores for your rings. Take a look by following the link above.

Here are my 9 Ways to Make Better Wooden Rings one last time:

  • Wood Selection. The more you know about available wood, the more choice you have.
  • Grain Direction. Paying attention to the grain gives you more design options.
  • Using Veneer. Any time you need a thin line of color, veneer is a great option.
  • Different Shapes. Rings don’t always need to be round.
  • Lamination Techniques. Making several different woods work together.
  • Inlays. Inlaying a wooden ring is easy, and adds a nice touch.
  • Metal Cores. To make a truly long lasting ring, a metal core can’t be beat.
  • Different Looks. Size norms can be challenged, and a beautiful ring can result.
  • Alternative Materials. Try out a different medium, or combine it with wood.

I hope you enjoyed these nine ways to make better wooden rings. If you have any questions about the article, please leave a comment and I will be glad to answer them. Also, please share my work with your friends on Pinterest! Happy building.

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Making Rings With a Belt Sander

Making rings with a belt sander is an easy alternative for woodworkers that do not have a lathe in the shop. A lathe is a great tool for making rings, but the belt sander can be very helpful. A good sander removes material quickly, which allows you to get your rings close to final size faster, and more efficiently.

One Tool for Making Rings Faster

making rings with a belt sanderMost people that are making wooden rings are doing so with a small tool set. If you want to start making rings with a belt sander, the expense is small. A basic belt sander can be found online for as little as $90. This one edition to your shop can help reduce the time it takes to make a wooden ring.

A small belt sander can be used after you cut off the waste from your ring blank using a saw. Once you remove the bulk, you typically switch to a sanding block and finish the shaping by hand. With a belt sander, you can simply rotate the ring against the belt and it will quickly come down to size.

The only thing you will have to do after you sand the ring to shape is to remove the cross grain scratches. The belt sander will leave scratches in the same direction as the moving belt. All you need to do after sanding on the belt is to sand with a block, following the direction of the grain, and remove the marks. If you use a less abrasive belt, like a 100 grit or 150 grit, you will minimize the scratches. This makes them easier to remove.

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I cover the complete process for making wooden rings in another article, but adding a belt sander to your routine can make a big difference. Some power tools are versatile enough to be used for many things. A belt sander is one of those tools. It’s a relatively inexpensive tool, and you can really streamline your process in the shop. The belt sander works well for making laminated wood rings as well.

My book, Wooden Rings: How To Make Wooden Rings By Hand explains how to make rings with very few tools. If you only have a small tool selection, you can make a ring. I give step by step instructions and over 50 examples of great wooden rings. The book also explains how to use metal inside your rings for more strength.

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Complex Laminated Ring

A complex laminated ring is made by gluing together several pieces of wood. The goal is to make something that looks very complex and interesting when the ring is made from the blank. You can do several things to form a complex lamination. The important part is that is causes people to wonder how you made it.

Making a Complex Lamination for a Ring

complex laminated ringCuriosity makes people notice your work. If you can make people stop and look, then you have a much higher chance at exposing them to your designs. You then have an even better chance of turning them into a customer.

For example, the ring on the left was made in a few steps. First, the ring body was laminated from Walnut with a few sheets of veneer in the middle. After it dried, the top was cut flat, and more wood was glue on. It was a couple more veneer sheets, and then a piece of Padauk. Once it was drilled and shaped into a ring, it almost looks like a large topper being held up by the thin veneer banding. The look is nice, and it took a complex lamination to make it happen.

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Experiment and Make Unique Designs

complex laminated ringAnother example of a complex laminated ring can be seen here. This one was a little more simple. First, several sheets of thin wood were glued in an alternating pattern. Then, a pair of contrasting faces were glued to the core.

Once turned, the alternating segments in the middle create a nice look, and the lighter faces of the ring frame it all in.

Try out a few complex laminated ring ideas next time you are in the shop. Glue up some wood, and try seeing what happens when you turn them into a ring. The more interesting and creative you get with your lamination the better. Once it’s made into a ring, it can become a challenge to see how it was done.

My book, Wooden Rings: How To Make Wooden Rings By Hand shows several examples of a complex laminated ring, and has step by step instructions. There are examples of over fifty rings, and the directions are shown with very few tools. This way, even someone with a small tool selection can still make an excellent ring.

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Ebony and Briar Wooden Ring

This Ebony and Briar wooden ring is an example of how you can create a design that is not as common looking, and still have a great looking piece. Most rings are round, so doing something different can make a ring stand out. In this case, a flat top style draws attention to the ring, and it’s not so over the top that people wouldn’t wear it.

Ebony and Briar Make a Great Pair

ebony and briar wooden ringI made the ring from Ebony and Briar. The Briar is the lighter wood, and the Ebony is on the top accent. To make the Ebony and Briar wooden ring, I glued a smaller piece of Ebony to the top of a larger piece of Briar. Once dry, I drilled the finger opening and then cut the ring to shape.

After initial shaping, I sanded the ring to remove all scratches and round the corners. Then, I switched to finer and finer grits until I sanded the piece very smooth. After that, it was on to the buffing wheel.

I have the Beall Wood Buff System, which allows me to put a nice shine on bare wood. It’s a three buff system, with two buffs for compound and one for wax. Most of the time, the pieces of wood already look great right off the first wheel.

The real beauty of this system is that you can finish a piece in just a couple minutes. It sometimes takes longer to switch the buffs than it takes to polish the wood. This made finishing the Ebony and Briar wooden ring very easy.

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Try Something New on Your Next Wooden Ring

When you are making your next ring, try something new. If you have made tons of round rings, it may be time to try another shape. Flat top rings are still a traditional look, and they date back a very long time. If you want something that is a little different but still has traditional roots, a flat top may be perfect.

Also, if you are designing something different, consider what your customers will wear. If you design a ring that only a Paris fashion model would wear, then you had better hope to sell it to a Paris fashion model. For most people, coloring a little outside the lines is good…but not too far.

My book, Wooden Rings: How To Make Wooden Rings By Hand explains how to make beautiful wooden rings without many tools. There are step by step instructions, and examples of over fifty wooden rings. Anyone can make a nice wooden ring, and the book makes it easy.

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My Wooden Wedding Ring

I knew for a long time that I wanted a wooden wedding ring. I also knew that it needed to stand up to a lifetime of use. Wood by itself is not that durable. If you take care of a wooden piece very well, it can last a long time. However, a wedding ring is not something that is safe all the time. It can get wet, snag on things, and become scratched. This is a preview of my solution to having a wooden wedding ring that I could wear forever.

Making My Wedding Ring

wooden wedding ringI explain the process for making my wedding ring in another article, this is what it looked like in the beginning. I decided to epoxy a titanium band inside a piece of wood. This solved the strength problem instantly. The only thing I had left was the moisture problem.

Briar has long been a favorite among tobacco pipe makers. This wood is great at getting wet and drying out over and over again. For this reason, and because Briar is gorgeous, I chose the wood for the the outside of the ring.

My wooden wedding ring was made on the lathe. This is entirely optional. Most people who will be reading this won’t have a lathe, and will be working the project by hand. Do not worry. Making a ring by hand is not harder, it just takes longer.

Look around online for a ring that has a flat outside profile. Buy one in your size, and then epoxy a piece of wood around it. After the epoxy dries, you can shape the wood to a thin ring around the metal. Once shaped, it can then be stained, or finished in the natural color.

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Briar makes an excellent ring, and if you contrast stain the piece it will look amazing. I have been wearing my wooden wedding ring for years now, and it still looks as nice as the day I made it. From the picture above, the ring did not start out looking like very much. However, once it was turned and finished, it came out nicely. You can see the finished product here.

You can make a wooden ring from almost any species. I chose Briar because I really like to work with the wood, and it stains well. If you have a particular love for a certain species, you can just as easily use it.

When you put a metal band inside the ring, you are creating a structure that will support the wood for a long time. Some woods will wear better than others, but if you care for your ring, you can get a lifetime of use from it.

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