What’s happening YouTube, Dan Rees here from
www.ZebranoWoodCtraft.com 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:
www.MakersCentral.co.uk 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 www.MakersCentral.co.uk 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 ZebranoWoodCraft.Etsy.com. As always thank you for watching, subscribe
and I’ll keep ’em coming! Safe.