Handcrafted Wooden Ring!!! (EASY)

Introduction: Handcrafted Wooden Ring!!! (EASY)

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How to make a Handcrafted wooden ring! This project was very fun, and I enjoyed every bit of it. The purpose of this project was to turn a bit of trash-to-treasure, and what better way to show that then to show the Before-and-after photos of how it looks!

So without further ado, let's get started!


Dremel (rotary tool)

• Dremel bits (sanding drum)

• Drill

• Drill bits (5/8 in.)



• Tape

• Sandpaper

• Vise

• Walnut Oil

• Paper Towel

Step 1: Find and Cut Your Wood.

Now you will cut your wood to size. Here i'm trying to get a 1/4 piece out of it. The wood I used is Manzanita, and it's commonly known for fractures; so I had to work around that when cutting this up. So the first thing I did was find my wood; typically for my own taste I like to use very figured wood. So, here I cut the wood directly in half, and then cut a small slice off of it on my ScrollSaw. I tried to keep it at 1/4 in., but if you have a table saw to do this that works as well. I also tried to get a piece of wood no smaller than 2 x 2 x 1/4, so keep that in mind as well.

Materials/ Tools used in this step.

ScrollSaw (or any saw of your choice)

• Wood

Step 2: Drill Your Piece.

Now that your piece is cut, it's time to drill the ring hole. I used a 5/8 in. Forstner Bit to do this. I started by drilling half way into the wood, and then flipping it over and drilling on the other side. What this does is it prevents the wood from chipping, and gives you a professional, crisp, hole. Make sure to go slow, you don't want to split your wood; especially if you're using Manzanita.

Materials/ Tools used in this Step.


• Spade Bit (5/8 in.)

• Drill

Step 3: Cut Out Your Ring.

Now that your hole is drilled, it's time to cut out your ring. I did this on my scrollsaw, but you can use a coping saw if you want. I tried to cut about 3/8 away from the hole, this way I have plenty room to work on it once it's cut out. You don't want to cut too close to the hole or else it'll be more likely to want to crack when shaping it later on.

Materials/ Tools used in this Step.

ScrollSaw (or coping saw if you'd like)

• Wood

Step 4: Shape It to Fit.

Now it's time to shape it so it fits you or someone else's finger. You can use a Ring-Sizer if you'd like, but I just tested it on my own finger until it fit. I used my dremel/ rotary tool here to do this. I started by slowly removing material on the INSIDE of the hole, and frequently checking to make sure it fit. I also tried to remove all the minor scratches in the wood from drilling, while still getting it to fit.

NOTE: It's super important to frequently check to make sure it's the right size, because if you go a little too far into the wood it could change how your ring fits on the hand. So you always want to keep checking it.

Materials/ Tools used in this step.

• Dremel (rotary tool)

• Dremel bit (sanding drum)

Step 5: Fit the Ring Unto the Dremel.

Now that your ring is shaped to size, it's time to start shaping your ring. What I did here was I took some Making Tape, and started rapping it around the sanding drum. What i'm trying to do here is make the drum wide enough that the ring fits snug on the dremel. Make sure to rap it real tight, and make sure it's sticking to your drum. Once it's big enough, fit the ring to the drum and you're ready for the next step.

Materials/ Tools used in this Step.

• Tape (masking)

• Dremel (rotary tool)

• Wood

Step 6: Shape Your Ring.

Now that your ring is fit to the Dremel, it's time to shape it! What I did was I took some heavy grit sandpaper and started sanding down the excess of the ring. (see images above) And once the final shape is worked out, I took some medium grit sandpaper and started working out the scratched from the grit before. Then, I took some fine grit sandpaper and started polishing the piece.

NOTE: Take your time when working the scratches out, because if you decide to move to the next grit before you worked out all the scratches; it will look very bad in the end because all of those scratches will pop out on a polished finish.

DISCLAIMER: This is a bit dangerous, so I hold absolutely no responsibility for anything that happens to you, your equipment, or anyone else around you while performing this step or any other step.

Materials/ Tools used in this Step.

• Dremel (rotary tool)

• Sandpaper (100, 200, 400, 1000, & 2000 grit)

Step 7: Final Shaping.

Now your piece is practically done! All you need to do in this step is sand down the top of the piece until it's relatively thin. All i did here was take some 120 grit sandpaper and started sanding it down. (see images above) Then, I slowly worked my way up to 2000 grit.

Materials/ Tools used in this Step:

• Sandpaper (120, 200, 400, 1000, & 2000 grit)

• Ring

Step 8: Oil Your Ring.

Now it's time to oil your ring! What I used in this step is Walnut Oil. You can use any oil you like, but I went with Walnut Oil because it is not only good for your skin; but it brings out the true color of the wood as well. I applied it with a Paper Towel, but a piece of Denim or Wool would work just as good.

Materials/ Tools used in this Step:

• Walnut Oil

• Paper Towel

• Ring

Step 9: Finished!

Now your ring is finished! This was a very fun project to do, and is relatively easy. This ring is made of Manzanita Wood, and was 100% handcrafted. This project is a great example of how to turn trash-to-treasure, and a great way to show the Before-and-After of your piece! I really enjoyed this project, I hope you found it as interesting as I did. But until next time, thanks for watching and 'Create Something'!

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18 Discussions

Very cool choice of wood for this well executed instructable. Just one thing, you show that you used a spade bit to make the finger hole but say and list a Forstner bit. A minor name difference but a huge quality of cut difference.

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yeah, and....? Here is a copy from the text: "I used a 5/8 in. Forstner Bit to do this. I started by drilling half way into the wood," so what did u say?

anyway...which gives a better cut?

Do you know of a good source for the Manzanita wood? Do you know of other types of wood that would be strong enough and have a tight enough grain to make rings?

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Hello! I live in Arizona in the U.S., and where I live it's pretty common. If you wanted some of this you can get some on eBay for pretty cheap if you can find some. Other woods that are pretty dense work pretty well too. Such as: Walnut, IronWood, Cocobolo, Rosewood, Mesquite, Maple, Snakewood, etc... You want VERY hard wood to make a durable ring. There's many different woods you can use choose from. Thanks for viewing!

yeah, tyry Brazilian Cherry or walnut. if ure in Southern California then try Georgia cherry. These trees grow all over the place. nice hard wood.

very fine grain and both are very hard. they will not split etc.

proyecto interesante, muestra un excelente producto final y además se ve relativamente fácil, gracias por enseñar

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The final product is beautiful! The project is presented in a very nice manner that makes me feel 'I too can do it!'. Thank you for sharing.

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Awesome! I wouldn't have thought to fit the ring to the dremel for that step. Great instructable.

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