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Picture of Wooden Wedding Ring Made With Basic Tools
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I decided that I wanted to attempt to my my own wooden wedding ring, however since I don't have a lathe, I wasn't sure how easy or hard it would be. Turns out it only took me about an hour or so of actual working time to knock out my first ring. I've made several since trying out different patterns and wood types. If you have never had a chance to make something out of a pricer exotic wood, now's your chance since you don't need too much of it.

Materials Needed

  • Any hardwood - amount will vary depending on how many you want to make. I bought some mixed packs of (Zebrawood, Padauk and Ebony, varying in thickness from veneer to 3 inch).
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper ranging from 100 - 500grit
  • Finishing - Any Polyurethane clear coat, or you can use an oil/wax finish, it's up to you.
  • Cloth rags to apply clear coat or oil/wax

Tools Needed

  • Drill
  • Spade bit or hole saw (slightly smaller then your ring finger)
  • Dremel
  • Cut-off wheel for Dremel
  • Sanding wheel for Dremel
  • Buffing wheel for Dremel (optional)

Step 1: LAYER and BOND WOOD

Picture of LAYER and BOND WOOD
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My layup consisted of 1/8" thick Zebrawood, 3 layers of vaneer Panauk, followed by a top layer of 1/8" Zebrawood. I rotated the grain 45 degrees with every layer to add strength.
  • Take your wood and layer it, adding an even coating of glue in between each layer and clamp until dry (24hrs)
  • If you want to use a solid piece of wood, then instead of layering, cut your wood down to the desired thickness of your ring. (mine was about 3/8" thick)
АхмедА3 months ago
good job Congratulations to the groom
stevereiser (author)  АхмедА3 months ago
Thanks!
Mount Oread3 months ago
I want to begin by saying your ring is beautiful. I have wanted to try my hand at this, but don’t have a lathe also. So your instructable is inspiring. One question, how did you acquire the wood that you used? Great job!
stevereiser (author)  Mount Oread3 months ago
Thanks, I purchased it from Woodcraft. They have local stores, but I ordered mine off their website: https://www.woodcraft.com/categories/wood
Thanks
Awesome! I've been interested in making wooden rings for quite some time now, and this looks like a good way to do it. I do have a couple of questions however; How strong are these rings? Also, do you find it hard to sand evenly?

Overall, great job, great instructable thanks!
So the first one I made ended up breaking after about 6 months, but I also didn’t put poly on it. The next few have lasted for longer so far. I’ve tied different laminating techniques and different types of wood. My latest one is ebony I made that one wide then the others. It’s usually easy enough to make a few at a time and see what holds up and what you like.
The rings definitely aren’t perfectly round but no one can tell.
Moats Custom Woodworking made it!3 months ago
I didn't use veneer, just solid wood. I have tried to make rings in the past, but this is the only one that didn't break.
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jessyratfink3 months ago
That's really gorgeous! Great instructable too :D
stevereiser (author)  jessyratfink3 months ago
Thanks!