Weekend Projects - Ring Stand archive
Friday 13 June 2014
Guy Ravine shows you how to make an elegant ring stand in wenge
This project, based on Victorian glass ring stands, is made using one piece of wood. Wenge (Millettia laurentii) is one of the cheaper, naturally dark, woods. An exotic wood version would perhaps be made in two parts: any of the rosewoods would be suitable and ebony (Diospyros spp.) was a favourite in Victorian times, when many variants of this were made.
Skill is needed to impart grace into the design of this project. I turn these between centres, for speed of production, but the parting process must be carefully done with this method. If time is not an issue, it could be held in a chuck. A 100mm length of 2 x 2 is turned into a cylinder, and 'waste' turned away with a 10mm parting tool. The spindle turning on the shaft is done with the 'solid spindle' gouge, which is a spindle gouge without the flute. In this project, I use the solid spindle as both a cutting and a scraping tool. The spindle details are cut, but the 'bowl' section is scraped with the piece between centres.