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Wooden Steampunk Gear Ring (How To) – Bent Wood Ring With Watch Parts Inlay

Wooden Steampunk Gear Ring (How To) – Bent Wood Ring With Watch Parts Inlay

What’s happening YouTube, Dan Rees here from and in this video I’m going to show you how to make one of these
“Wooden Steampunk Gear Rings”. A.k.a The fiddliest god damn project I ever
did! I know your thinking that if Pinnochio made
and Etsy shop with Howl’s Moving Castle this is probably the type of stuff that they would
sell. I’ll be giving this little ripper away at
the Maker’s Central Exhibition in Birmingham on the 5-6th of May 2018. Not only will there be loads of things to
do and see, makers from all over the world to meet and greet including some of YouTubes
finest woodworkers, makers and DIYers. Makers central will be holding a prize draw
throughout the weekend and tickets are just £1 and 50% of the proceeds will go to Cancer
Research. For the opportunity to win this awesome little
ring as well as meeting some of the biggest names in YouTube DIY check out the website: to buy your tickets. Hopefully I’ll see you in Birmingham in May! You now what they say: Time flies like and
arrow and fruit flies like a banana, so let’s make us a “Wooden Steampunk gear ring”. The first thing to do was to gather a load
of tiny cogs, dials and general watch bits. The subtle way to do this would be to dismantle
the watches with a tiny screwdriver – but I opted for the least fussy approach and just
ripped the watches to bits with pliers. Turns out that destroying watches with a pliers
is actually pretty good fun and I just carried on until I had a pile of useable watch bits. To make my wooden ring I used the “Bent
wood method” with wood veneer. I sliced up a length of Tineo and sanded a
taper into one end of the wood until it was paper thin and then soaked it in water for
about 20 minutes. I
wrapped the wood up with masking tape around a wide socket to help prepare the wood for
bending. Normally I’d let the wood dry over night but
in this case I used a hair dryer to speed things up. Alright so that’s the boring bit over, I’ve
got my curly wurly wood veneers and this bag of watch bits
so now I’m going to get on to the exciting bits and actually make the ring. To make this two toned bent wood ring I started
by test wrapping the Tineo wood around a former (I.e a socket. I wrapped the wood around once then added
about a CM and snipped away the excess wood. This left me with 1 layer of wood for the
inside of the ring. I sanded the newly cut edge until it was paper
thin, wrapped the wood around my former and then applied a little CA glue to the overlapping
flap and glued it down. Forming the outside was pretty much the same
deal but I cut enough wood to for two layers. I worked slowly and steadily, applying a little
glue and wrapping the wood around the former ensuring that each wrap was nice and tight. A little bit of my glove got stuck to the
ring, but I’d rather that than chunks of my skin! Next I sanded one edge of the ring flat using
a figure of 8 motion on some 240grit sandpaper. Using a marking gauge I scored a line on the
other side of the ring so that I knew where to sand down to, this ensured that the ring
was an equal width all the way around. With my bent wood ring formed I scored lines
to mark out where to carve the channel for my inlay. Alrighty, so we’ve got a basic bent wood ring
here. Now what we need to do is carve a massive
inlay in the middle. I’m trying to get around 5-6mm worth of inlay
groove so I can stick all those watch parts in. So time to get filing I guess! I mounted the ring on to a wooden spindle
on my lathe and carved out a groove with a set of files. I’ll be honest my camera ran out of battery
and I missed most of this process but you get the idea! I cut a series of thinner grooves with a triangle
file, then just connected them up with progressively wider files. Okidoki so I’ve cut an inlay channel into
the ring and I’ve basically gone ahead and painted that channel in black. I laid out all of the watch parts and prepared
to lose an hour of my life! To set the watch parts into the ring I applied
a tiny amount of Superglue and then positioned each piece individually with a tweezers and
cocktails sticks. Some of the cogs were a bit big but I was
able to snip them to size with a clipper and file down the rough edges until they sat nicely
into the inlay channel. It was tedious but I gradually worked my way
around the ring setting the tiny gears, watch hands and cogs until the inlay channel was
filled. I am mega happy with this, check this out
… there we go. I’ve got all my cogs and watchey bits on there,
I think it looks super cool and now it’s time to finish him! Finishing was by far the most delicate and
tedious part of the process. I used a CA glue A.K.A Superglue finish to
protect the ring from the elements and make the details in the wood grain come to life. I applied small amounts of glue to every surface
of the ring using a cocktail stick and zooshed a bit of activator spray in between every
coat to help the glue to cure. The inside and edges had 8 coats while the
outside took many more (I lost count to be honest). That’s looking pretty rough right now but
we’ve got a finish on there. The final stage is polishing. To polish the ring I sanded it with progressively
finer grits of sandpaper working from a 320 grit right up to 12 billion grit. I sanded the inside and edges by hand (which
is a great way to get arthritis) and spindle mounted the ring to sand the outside. When the surface was even, smooth and rediculously
shiny my job was done. Man it must be said, I am mega happy with
that ring. I was fiddly, it was hard, I learned a bunch
of stuff, I messed up a load of times but I learned something new and I hope you did
too … if not I just hope you’re inspired to make something awesome! Come and get your tickets to Makers Central
and on the 5-6th of May 2018 at the Birmingham NEC. If you see me there please come say hello
and give me a high five! Get your tickets to the epic prize draw and
check out my Etsy shop As always thank you for watching, subscribe
and I’ll keep ’em coming! Safe.

87 comments found

  1. You should be mega happy with that ring. absolutely beautiful work my friend. take care now.

  2. Don’t forget to add the rubies that are in the watches, they are used to seat in the moving parts 😹 I have been collecting all the rubies out of all the old and some new watches that I have been pulling apart unfortunately some of the new watches are run with batteries and as such not much in the way of moving parts. Many of the rubies do pop out easy but some will not move so I have kept them as they are for a different project in the future.
    I do like the ring I have been wanting to make one but it’s on hold while I work on my storage cabinets first 😹😹😹

  3. Lovely ring. Wicked imagination and well executed. Thanks, makes me want to give it a go. A bit more down to earth than Patrick Adair but just as clever.

  4. Looks bloody great, but there has to be a better way to carve out a recess in your ring, rather than using different shaped files? What about a chisel or lathe tools? Your finishes come up a treat and they look fantastic. Congrats bro! Cheers Sean

  5. I told my friend about this ring and said I'd try to make him one. He was VERY excited. If I do make one, I'll send you a pic of it to see what you think!

  6. This look looks fantastic 🙂 I have some tiny projects I want to use super glue on, do you have any preferences when it comes to super glue?

  7. Wow,that's a very beautiful ring!!I think I will stay here for a little longer,you have one subscribe from me and greetings from Poland. 🙂

  8. Undid what I call a "pretty f**king great job" … I usually say that so it sounds different than whatever I wrote for the young or over sensitive (vaginas) in the comments

  9. hi great rings where do you get your vineer from and can i get it local ( Swansea ) I want to make wife one, ive made rings from steel nuts but want to make wood rings now. Griff

  10. Hi!
    I just love this ring!!! My son would bee so happy if he got something like this. Unfortunately my fingers dont allow me too things like this. Sadley so. I also cant come to makers central just becouse I live in Sweden and cant afford traveling there right know. Also sadley.
    I just found Nicks You tube page and is just so I have so much inspiration of al this. I'm sewing many different things in al different formats and also doing bookbinding from the start of just pappers to finished. So everything craftmanship gives me idee's.
    I'm gonna keep looking at youre things and it's gonna be fun. Whising you a good time at makers central. Also thanks for sharing youre incredible talant with us al!!!
    Hugs from Sweden

  11. Hi Dan, AGAIN what an amazing, awesome and beautiful ring. I've been watching you video now for 2 years plus and your ring and bracelet ideas are so impressive.
    My question is, how the hell you know what socket you use for the right ring size… lol everytime I try, the ring ends up to small or to large. Have you got a document or can you do a video of getting the right size ring.
    Thank you mate and also a huge thank you for your entertaining videos.

  12. Yo, Patrick Adair Designs sent me your way, and this is my first video. Totally subscribed. Great project, and your humour is refreshing. Thanks for the video!

  13. Where did you get your inspiration? This looks strikingly similar to my design from 2016. You can find my little store SteamWoodworks on Etsy and Facebook. Let me know what you think.

  14. i didn't watch this and i'm going to tell you everything without knowing how to. take wood, cut it round, carve groove in middle, get old watch, gut the watch, take cogs put in wood rings groove, pour resin, let it set 24hrs, sand ring, wear ring, done.

    100 other videos you can watch doing the same thing, nothing new here. i bet somewhere in this video he ask for money or some fake charity for some kid? am i wrong? same thing been going on youtube for years. be original.

  15. Patrick Adair sent me your way. Entertain me. Ok, I watched the video a couple of times and I was entertained. Good job. 👍 and subscribed.

  16. This sure is an AMAZING Ring for sure!!!ps….YOU KNOW That I am already a subscriber of yours….:-),,,,however, I wanted to tell you that Patrick Adair Designs shouted you out in a video and sent his viewers to you….YEA FOR YOU….Your channel is a Gold Mine if I dont say so myself 🙂 Honestly, the BEST Ring Making Channel on the Internet….I think its just a matter of time before the rest of the world knows about your channel too….HAHAHAHA…..Anywhoo…watching THIS Specific Video….sure has given me some ideas pertaining to my SADUSDO Venture….hahaha….I promise you that I will for sure let you know the day I publish my FIRST Ring Video :-)….I know I can do it cause I have a GREAT Teacher Indeed 🙂
    Thanks for your time creating and teaching…..I super appreciate you indeed!!!

    Shelly Cole
    aka "MOM" 🙂

    SADUSDO~The NEW Woodworking Sawdust Art System

  17. I tried this 3 times, each time i add the ca glue, it either doesn't dry, and if i spray with activator, it turns everything white, then the ring is ruined. I tried thin, and thick ca glue. Both doesn't dry. Seems impossible to fill this big gap with ca.

  18. Brilliant job, would love to see same ring made again but with small silver skulls in. That would look awesome 😊😊

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