Wooden bangles are bracelets made from one or more blocks of wood, often turned on a lathe. They are decorated using a variety of wood dyes, varnishes and other finishes to preserve them, so they will last for many years. Using a few woodworking tools, you can learn how to make wooden bangles of your own.
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Things you need
- Wooden block
- Band saw
- Parting tool
- Scraping tool
Fix the pencil into your compass and draw out a circle on one side of your wooden block. Turn the block over and draw another circle with the same dimensions. Cut the excess wood from the block using a band saw, so you are left with a cylinder of wood with a diameter matching your original circles. Draw a smaller circle on each end of the cylinder, denoting the inside diameter of your bangle.
Mount the cylinder on your lathe. Cut a deep groove in the cylinder using the lathe and a thin parting tool. When you have cut approximately halfway through the cylinder, stop and turn the cylinder around. Cut another deep groove into the cylinder until the centre comes loose. Replace the parting tool with a scraper to clean up the inside of the bangle.
Remove the scraping tool and replace with the parting tool again and shape the bangle, removing the squared-off edges. Remove the bangle from the lathe and sand down to a smooth finish. Coat with lacquer and allow to set. Decorate as desired, or leave bare for a more natural finish.
Tips and warnings
- Experiment with different wood dyes and shades of varnish to give your bangles a truly unique look. Different kinds of wood can also give you a multitude of different finishes to play with, so be sure to choose a type of wood that suits you. For the truly adventurous, consider fixing different wood types together to form the blocks you make your bangles out of. This will give you an interesting multitextured finish.
- Remember to wear goggles when working with wood and always follow the safety instructions of your lathe. It is easy to get loose clothing caught up in the machinery, or for wood you thought was solid to fracture and send shards flying everywhere. Following the safety instructions will ensure you do not get hurt even when things go wrong.
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