Below is my video on how to drill wooden rings. It covers bit selection, sizing, and makes it easy to drill the finger opening correctly. The fit of the ring is very important. A customer will not wear the ring if it does not fit well. Making a well fitting ring means the customer will wear it more often, and enjoy it far more than a poor fitting ring.
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There are a few tools that can help when drilling wooden rings. A ring mandrel makes it easy to find out the size of an existing ring. Many times, people do not know their ring size, but they have a ring that fits well. Measure this ring on the mandrel, and you will have the size.
Another useful tool is a dial caliper. This tool precisely measures down to a thousandth of an inch. The measurement from the dial caliper is used to find the closest drill for the ring blank. After the initial drilling, the inside can be sanded to final dimensions by hand or on the lathe. This ensures a great fit, and a happy customer.
My video on how to drill wooden rings is below, and it shows the easiest way to drill your ring to be perfect fit for the customer. Enjoy the video.
A carbide lathe tool is great to have when making wooden rings on the lathe. My article on Making a Carbide Lathe Tool explains how you can make one in the shop. This will save you lots of money over a store bought tool, and it works just as well.
Finishing rings is a simple matter of following the instructions in my Free PDF guide called the 10 Step Guide to Wood Finishing. This guide makes an expert finisher out of anyone, and covers hand applied finishes.
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