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Old 12-09-2008, 09:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Well I would like to try my luck at making a few rings for the wife and I am having difficulty with a good method of rechucking it after I part it off. Does anyone have any other tips for me besides this link.I see some great wood rings out on the net but I have not been able to figure out the secret method.


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I don't know if you picked up on it or not but the guy finished the inside, parted it off, then slid it on a tenon on the waste block. It's just pressure fit into place. I've done one before just playing around and there's an art to it for sure.
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I haven't done rings, but I have done a few centerbands by making some bushings with very narrow tenons and just mounting on a pen mandrel. Works for me.
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That link is a wealth of knowledge for making rings . He uses a jam chuck to hold the parted ring for finishing , pictures 9 and 10 on the second page . This is the only way I know of to this . I guess you could use the step jaws on your chuck .
That is a great idea Bruce , I never would have thought of that .
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I just found these on youtube.

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I do mine from a solid block glued up from 3 pieces, and turn the outside first, followed by the inside and part it off. I use an expanding aluminum mandrel to grip on the ring to finish the inner corner for side 2. A tapered scrap of wood can work well there too.
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I do mine from a solid block glued up from 3 pieces, and turn the outside first, followed by the inside and part it off. I use an expanding aluminum mandrel to grip on the ring to finish the inner corner for side 2. A tapered scrap of wood can work well there too.
I've always been curious how you make the ones with the inlaid wood Don't answer if you don't want to give out any trade secrets
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I do mine from a solid block glued up from 3 pieces, and turn the outside first, followed by the inside and part it off. I use an expanding aluminum mandrel to grip on the ring to finish the inner corner for side 2. A tapered scrap of wood can work well there too.
Bruce, those are amazing rings. When I get time after Christmas I'll have to give that a try. I doubt if they'll be as nice as yours. At least not at first ; )
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I do mine from a solid block glued up from 3 pieces, and turn the outside first, followed by the inside and part it off. I use an expanding aluminum mandrel to grip on the ring to finish the inner corner for side 2. A tapered scrap of wood can work well there too.
Dang man, what do you finish those with?
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I do a CA finish. I sand them with a drywall sponge, maybe 220 grit then a fine yellow sanding sponge, probably around 320 grit and polish from there. When I sand, I don't spin them on the lathe. I sand at a 45 degree angle, and that does a better job of smoothing the surface. The metal rings with the inlay are done by a proprietary method that I came up with. I'll keep those a secret.
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