Weekend Projects – Ring Stand

Monday 9 July 2018

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.

The base

The turning of the bowl section is quick and easy once the tool is mastered. It will work as a scraper if presented in trailing mode. The toolrest can be angled in to allow good access for the solid spindle or a round-ended scraping tool. I tend to do this section in conjunction with an arm rest; this saves moving the toolrest, a significant time saving in a production run. Mastering an arm rest is a useful thing to do, as it will be necessary in thread chasing, and can often provide a solution to difficult tool access on small projects.