How To Make Wooden Rings On A Lathe
The wood lathe is a prime machine to work with all types of wooden projects. No matter how much skill you have at woodworking, you can never deny the utilities of a wood lathe after using it. Working with a wood lathe makes your project a lot faster, and the result can be very smooth.
Wooden rings are nice and attractive pieces that look aesthetic to put on. You can make them on hand. But making them on a wood lathe is a highly better choice. So, let’s go through the process of making wooden rings using a wood lathe.
Reason for Using a Wood Lathe to Make a Wooden Ring
Even though we mentioned the necessity of using a wood lathe above, some other reasons using a wood lathe on this project can benefit you.
As a means of preparation, you will need to gather some instruments and complete some steps. This part of the project is important as it will decide your outcome. Complete these steps properly-
Preparing the Wooden Piece
You will need to prepare the wooden piece with the right measurements. First, cut off the wooden piece to a suitable square size. An ideal size will have a length and width of 1.5 inches and a thickness of 0.5 inches. Cut the softwood with a 2 by 2 inches size. You will use it later to hold the ring as a jam-chuck.
Drilling the Whole
It is time to put a hole in the wooden piece. Remember that the hole will not have the exact size of your finger the first time. You will make a small hole and make it bigger from there. But the first task is to measure the size of the finger that it will be put on. After that, you can follow one of these two ways-
Watch this video to have a clearer idea on this matter
Prepare the Jam-Chuck
It kinds of look like this
Do not make the spindle too long. If you mount the ring too loosely on the spindle, it may come out. On the other hand, if you mount too tightly, it may tear once the ring is thin enough. So, do not mount it too tight.
If it comes out, you can easily shut off the lathe to place the ring again. Make sure that the ring blank goes properly on the spindle while making it. Sand it roughly for a precise outcome.
Once you have completed all the steps up to this point, the rest is comparatively easy. Mount the ring properly on the jam-chuck and rotate it at high speed. Take a suitable chisel that provides light cuts. Use it to gradually carve out the outer part of the ring until it has the perfect shape and size.
Do it carefully not to snap it. There you have your nice little wooden ring. Follow this link for a video description of the whole process
Since it is made of wood, you can apply some finish to it. Wax is a nice element for wood finishing. You can also try adding some color to make it more appealing. It may take a few tries to get the perfect shape if you are a novice. Once you get used to it, you can also put grooves on the rings.
Last Updated on February 20, 2021 by Richard Boyer