Wednesday, June 19, 2019

How to make an epoxy resin and wood ring

Tools and materials I propose:

I made my ring using clear casting resin and niangon wood. 

First of all I had to break my wood on the vise. I pressed it against a few metal parts. I found that if you break the piece from both sides, you get a nice broken edge for this kind of job.

Then I mixed some resin and coated the picks on my wood. I let it dry over night and the next I was ready for my casting. At this point the first layer of resin was not fully cured, so the two layers will bond really nicely. 

I mixed my resin and degassed it on the vacuum chamber. 

In a plastic mold I secured the wood with tape so it can’t float in the resin. Then I poured the resin into the mold. I degassed it again on the vacuum chamber.

I used a fosrtner bit to make the hole for the finger. Then I cut the ring on the bandsaw and roughly shaped it on the belt sander.

I sanded the ring starting at 100 grit all the way up at 1000. At 320 I begun sanding with mineral oil.  I then used my micro mesh sanding pads which go from 1500 to 12000 grit.

Finally I buffed the ring on my buffing wheels. The wheels were mounted on the lathe. 

This was my first ring and I am really happy with the way it came out. It’s not perfect but it was a really rewarding process to make it.

But that was it, I hope you liked this one because that was it, see you soon with a new project video.

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