Simple Wooden Rings.

Today’s DIY project is by far one of my favorites that I’ve done on here. I apologize in advance to those of you that don’t have a dad with a garage full of tools that you can borrow…
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What you need:
-Scrap pieces of hardwood. I used cedar, cherry, mahogany
-Drill
-Scroll saw
-Belt sander
-Some type of finish. I tried a few different types: homemade natural stain, Minwax stain, and a butcher block conditioner.

How to do it:
-Use a drill to make a hole about the size of your finger. I made some 5/8″ and some 3/4″.
-Use scroll saw to trim around the hole a bit so you don’t have so much to sand off. Make sure you leave a bit extra on one side if you want to make some sort of design rather than just a plain circle.
-Use a belt sander to shape the ring as you wish. Make sure you don’t make the band too thin!
-Use a piece of sandpaper to smooth the inside of the ring if you want!
-Use the finish of your choice and let dry.
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I wear mine all the time and they are such a fun handmade gift to give to friends (that they will actually like!)

After I made these, I was so pumped! And then my dad brought in some rings that he has been making for his etsy shop and I died! He is so incredibly talented it just overwhelms me. The man can make anything! Check out these beauties that he made:
The Red Bird Shop Rings
I mean… seriously! *Proudest daughter ever ;) So if you don’t have the tools to make some on your own, or if you’re just looking for quality that some of us *ehem just can’t achieve… pop over to the The Red Bird Shop and buy yourself one!

xo. Caitlin

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20 thoughts on “Simple Wooden Rings.

  1. avatarzamuil

    How did you finish them? Did you use an oil, poly, or just leave them the way they were? I’ve been interested in making my own to give as gifts for a while now, and I’m trying to get as much info as I can on it.

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  2. avatardarby

    Hi. Very cool.. question, do you have trouble making all sizes? I was making some for my friends, and found that the drill bits (I used forstener bits), didn’t equal out to all sizes, there was only like two usable ones, equaled out to size 5.5 and 8.5 I think. Any suggestions? Coping saw? Thanks! Darby

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    1. avatarCaitlin McGrath Post author

      You can either sand or use a round file to make them a larger size. Or you can buy forstener bits that come in 1/16″ increments. If you want something in between a 5.5 and 8.5 try a 9/16″ or 11/16″ bit. Hopefully this helps!

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  3. avatarAshley Weed

    How durable are these rings? My future husband asked me if I’d make one for his wedding band and I’m wondering if anyone has any idea how they’d hold up over time? Thanks!

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    1. avatarCaitlin McGrath Post author

      They have held up pretty well for me as an occasional accessory but I don’t think they would last long as a wedding ring. They can be cracked from heavy lifting or hitting your hand too hard against something. And I would recommend always removing the rings before showering/washing hands/swimming.

      The layered ones that my dad sells in his shop (they’re linked to in the post) are much more durable than a ring made from a single piece of wood like these but even those are not indestructible. They list some suggestions on the listings on how to make your ring last.

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    1. avatarCaitlin McGrath Post author

      It shouldn’t be too much thicker than you want the ring to be. Anything thicker than an inch would probably be too thick unless you plan on cutting or sanding it down quite a bit.

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