Mango Shavings Ring

I was planing a piece of mango wood for a coat rack I am making, when I got completely sidetracked by something.  The shavings were so pretty, the urge struck me to try making a ring out of them.  I have never made a ring before, and for the past 24 years I have only worn one ring, my gold wedding band.  I’m not exactly a jewelry guy.  Odd as this inspiration was, I stopped the actual project I was working on, to try making a ring.  Sometimes you gotta follow your muse.

I grabbed a AA battery. It seemed to be a close approximation to my finger.  Then I started wrapping blue masking tape around it until the diameter matched the inside of my wedding band.  Then I wrapped it with one small piece of cellophane tape to hopefully prevent the super glue  from sticking to it.  I looked through the pile of mango shavings and started pulling out any that were solid and had no broken sections.   Then I started wrapping one around the taped up battery.  When the shaving started to overlap itself, I added a bit of superglue… err CA glue.  I kept adding glue and winding.  I’d take a break to let the CA glue cure, then continue on.

Mango ring from wood shaving and super glue.

Wood shavings, some painters tape, an old battery and some super glue produce a nice ring.

Before long I had a fairly decent start of a ring. When I thought it was more than thick enough, I decided to stop adding more shavings and I slipped it off the battery. The ring was also plenty wide and had some pretty ragged edges. I took the ring and sanded the edges on a piece of 100 grit sandpaper attached to a flat surface. Without much effort it was narrow enough to be a ring. The edges had some gaps where the shavings were not as tight as I wanted, so I filled those in with more CA glue.

Ring on the mandrel for polishing

An old tapered grindstone made a decent ring mandrel.

To shape and polish the ring, I placed it on an old tapered grindstone and put it in my cordless drill.  With this setup I was able to spin the ring and apply fresh coats of super glue, then sand some more.  I worked my way up through the grits to 2000 grit.    The end result was a pretty looking ring… err I mean handsome ring.  The grain of the mango is amazing.

I wore the ring for a few days, then took it off and went back to being just a one ring kind of guy.  I had followed a whim and enjoyed it.  Now it was time to get back to work.


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