Cocobolo Rings V2

15 February 2014


I’m not going to go into detail on how I made these ones, as the process is very similar to my previous version. I will, however, explain things I did differently and extra tips and techniques I’ve discovered.

The first and possibly best thing I did for productivity is clamp a stop block on the miter saw so I could easily reproduce similar width rings without measuring. This was extra important this time as I made four rings instead of two, and I broke one blank while drilling.

Another thing I did was purchase some name brand Norton sandpaper, the cheap stuff simply doesn’t hold up, especially when using it for turning. Better sandpaper resulted in much less paper used and far less time sanding.

I made the rings probably twice as thick, as the first two ended up breaking during normal use. To avoid the appearance of a thick wood ring, I rounded the edges significantly on these. Much more round on the outside edge than the inside, of course. This gave the appearance of a thin ring, but the strength of a thick one.

I couldn’t find any micro mesh locally, so I decided to try out some plastic polish I found in the automotive section at Walmart. This actually worked remarkably well. While I still need to find some micromesh, these came out much shinier. Also, I love the colors on these. The pink and orange are very nice.

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