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
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…
Basic Ring Making Process
At the most basic level, a wooden ring is made by drilling a hole in a flat piece of wood, and then shaping it with tools to look like a ring. The process can be done by hand, or it can be done by machines.
The more you work with woodworking machines, the faster the process will be. This is true for nearly any woodworking project. However, if you are brand new and can only afford hand tools, all you need is patience, and you can make an excellent ring.
Once you graduate from the most basic ring making, which is typically one piece of solid wood, you can move on to laminated wood rings. These are made by gluing together several pieces of thin wood, and then using that stack to make a ring.
Wood and Materials
The number one material that you will use as a beginner is wood. Handmade rings are made from small pieces of wood, and there is a lot to choose from. The natural beauty of wood is incredible, especially if you are new and just starting to learn about what it out there.
Wood comes in nearly every color, and in all sorts of different patterns, looks, and sizes that you can take years to see it all. The more you know about wood, the better off you will be when it comes time to design your wooden rings.
There are a few species of wood that I really like working with. They are beautiful, easy to work, and not terribly expensive. Take a look at them before you head into the wood store for your materials so you know what you are looking for.
Ring Making Education for Beginners
As a new ring maker, you are going to need some instructions. There are a ton of ring making articles on this site, and you can learn quite a bit. There are also lots of resources online in general. This is a good place to start your learning.
Once you are off to a good start online, then you can buy a good book on ring making. My ring making book will show you the step by step process, the tools, materials, and all the examples that you will ever need. It also demonstrates the process with hand tools, so you don’t have to buy a whole shop just to make a wooden ring.
After that, you need to practice, and you will get better. As that happens, you can start pushing the design limits. From there you will be at the front edge of making wooden rings, and you can start creating really unique and beautiful complex laminations, or incorporate other materials/designs into your rings.
Ring Making for Beginners – Wrap Up
As a beginner, you really only need some basic instruction and a few tools to start making wooden rings. This is the beauty of the craft, the cost to get into the hobby is very low, and the learning curve is low too.
Start by going through the basic ring making process, and crank out a few rings. Once you are more confident, you can look into more interesting and complex methods for making rings that may even become your signature design.
If you have any questions about Ring Making for Beginners, please leave a comment and I will be glad to answer them. Thank you, and happy building.
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