How to Make a Wooden Ring on a Lathe

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If you’re interested in learning how to make a wooden ring on the lathe, then you’re in the right place! First of all, you’ll need the tools that you’ll need. These include a Pin jaw, a Sanding belt, a Drill, and a Ring mandrel. Next, you’ll want to choose a piece of wood.

Pin jaws

To start, you need to prepare a blank of 3/4″ square stock and a pin with 8″ long and marked ends. Once you’ve marked and mounted the pin, you need to clamp the blank between the centers. You can use a Oneway safe driver to keep the piece from slipping out of the lathe during turning. Using a safe driver is especially useful for small items, since it prevents catastrophic failure.

To use a lathe, you’ll need a hardwood that has tight grain. Hickory or walnut would work well for this task. You’ll also need a scrap piece of wood larger than the ring. Mount this piece on the lathe and spin it until it’s dull. A larger scrap piece will hold the ring in place by friction.

Next, you’ll want to insert the ring in the chuck. You’ll need a larger chuck than the one used for turning the outer diameter. This larger chuck will allow you to turn a smaller radius than a standard ring. Then, flip the chuck so that the ring’s radius will be on the other side of the chuck.

After you’ve mounted the chuck, you’ll need to drill a hole in the center of the blank. After that, glue or screw the ring blank to the waste block and set the jaws. Once the glue has set, you’ll need to turn it flush again. If you want a flush ring, you may use a chisel to shape it. Finishing it with a thick membrane finish will ruin the grainy feel of the wood.

Sanding belt

The wood for making a ring needs to be dense and strong, because it must withstand repeated sawing, drilling, and sanding operations. Some good choices are African Padauk, mahogany, cocobolo, and Brazilian walnut. The darker the wood, the stronger the ring. Soft wood is prone to split or crack during the shaping process. If you have a metal lathe, you can use it to turn a ring. It also comes with fixture to hold the ring in place.

If the wood you’re using is very thick or long, you may want to install a roller stand on your lathe. Otherwise, you may wish to use a worktable extension. A worktable extension adds safety and accuracy to your sanding operations. To attach it, install a cap on the spindle of the belt sander and tap it into the casting. Once the belt is installed, make sure the tilt lock is not touching the worktable.

The sanding belt should be cleaned regularly, or you may be damaging the wood and reducing its effectiveness. To clean it, you can use a grease stick. Apply it to the belt before you start the lathe operation. Another way to clean it is to use rubber belt sander cleaner stick, which is available at most home improvement stores. While you’re at it, use an abrasive cleaning stick to remove any debris that’s on the belt.


To start, cut a square block of wood, commonly referred to as a “blank,” from which you will create the finished ring. If you don’t have a power saw, you can use a handsaw to cut the wood into the desired size. You will need to mark the location of the finger hole on the blank. Then, place a drill bit at the center of the wood square.

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If you don’t have a metal lathe, you can still make a wooden ring using a standard drill bit. Make sure you choose a wood species that is dense, strong, and durable. Darker woods will hold up better to drilling and shaping. Avoid soft woods because they are prone to split during the shaping process. You may need to mark a scrap piece of wood before starting the project, as you can’t drill a hole into a large scrap piece.

Always remember that using a lathe can be dangerous, since the fast moving parts can cause accidents. Be sure to wear proper clothing, remove any jewelry, and tie your hair back if possible. You can also wear a face shield, which many people recommend. The small bits of material that get splintered off a lathe can blind someone working with it. Taking these precautions will help you avoid injury.

Ring mandrel

You might be wondering how to make a wooden ring on s a lathe. While the process is fairly easy, you must be aware of the risks involved. Although handmade rings are never perfect, you will get a wide range of design options. A lathe is a great choice for concentric rings, as it carves on an axis, making the wall thickness consistent all the way around.

Firstly, cut the wood to size using a handsaw. Using wood glue, secure the wood slices with clamps. Allow to dry overnight. Next, insert a forstner bit (or any other drill bit) in the wooden ring and begin turning. For larger fingers, use a 3/4-inch forstner bit. For smaller fingers, a 5/8-inch forstner bit will do. Once the ring is finished, lock the drill bit into the tool rest and use sandpaper to bore the inside of the ring.

The finished ring should be thin and strong, but it should be durable enough to withstand intensive drilling, sawing, and sanding. A rich-colored wood, such as African Padauk, will make the best ring. Wood that is darker will be more durable and less likely to crack during the shaping process. You must also have a large work space for the lathe to function properly.

Using a drill to make a ring on a lathe

Before you begin, you will need to have a wooden blank or “blank” prepared. This is the wood that will eventually be turned into a wooden ring. If you do not have a power saw, you can also use a handsaw but it will take more time. To start, mark the location of the finger holes on the blank. Once you have marked the location, you will place the drill bit in the center of the wood square.

If you want a very dramatic ring, you can use marblewood or ebony. These are both hard to drill into end grain, but they have excellent color contrasts. You can also choose walnut or cherry. While they are hard to work with, they are also easy to burn. Maple is a good choice for small rings because it is easy to work with and does not produce the caustic dust found in other woods.

If you use a drill on your lathe, be sure to use a Forstner bit. This bit is the easiest to use on the lathe, but you can also use a variety of bits on it. Once you know which bit to use, you can advance the bit through the center of the blank. To prevent any mishaps while drilling, make sure to sharpen the drill bit.

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Making a ring from scratch

If you’ve been thinking about giving an unusual gift to someone, why not make one yourself? Not only does making something yourself have a personal touch, but it is also a great gift that will impress the recipient. In fact, DIY rings make the perfect gift for a loved one and are easy to make, too. Here are a few tips for making your first wooden ring.

The first step in making a ring is to choose a blank. The blank you choose should be no thicker than 2mm, and you should use a scribing compass to make a mark on it. Once you’ve made your mark, you can cut off the corners using a pull saw. You can also use jigs to secure smaller pieces.

To start, you need to choose a wood that has a high degree of strength and durability. A ring made of a dense wood may break easily, but it will still hold up over time. Also, the wood must be strong enough to withstand intense sawing, drilling and sanding. For this reason, you should choose rich species of wood. While lighter wood is more flexible and pliable, softer wood tends to break easily when being turned.

Once you have selected the wood, it’s time to make the rings. A good lathe will have jaws to hold the ring in place, as well as an expanding ring mandrel. A rotary tool can also replace a lathe, but you’ll need to be patient and careful. You can also use other various tools to make rings. Ultimately, your success will depend on your own skill level and the tools you choose to use.

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s written by Itamar Ben-Dor, who has 25 years of experience in renovations, carpentry, locks, creation, landscaping, painting, furniture construction, and furniture renovation, works with concrete, plumbing, door repair, and more.

Itamar Ben-Dor has been in the home improvement business for over 25 years. Itamar Ben-Dor is a jack of all trades. He's worked in the renovation field for years, doing everything from locksmithing to carpentry. He's a small repairs specialist. But his true passion lies in furniture construction and renovation - he loves seeing old pieces come back to life with some new woodwork or a fresh coat of paint.

He has taken courses on many topics in these fields at professional colleges in Israel. Over the years, Itamar has also become quite skilled in gardening, carpentry, and renovations. He's worked on projects of all sizes, from massive renovations to small repairs. No job is too big or too small for him!

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