How to Make a Jump Ring Cutter

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How to Make a Jump Ring Cutter
Cutting jump rings by hand is a thing of the past. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

People use table saws because the manual labour of cutting wood by hand is tedious and time consuming. Make a similar device to cut jump rings using a variable speed drill and a few pieces of lumber. Items needed to make your own jump ring cutter are available at a hardware store or around your house.

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Things you need

  • Variable speed drill
  • 2-by-4 wood planks
  • Wood table
  • Wood screws
  • Power drill
  • Screw bit
  • 3/8-inch drill bit
  • Vice-grip
  • Jeweller's saw blade (2-inch diameter with .02-inch thickness)
  • Jump ring coils

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  1. 1

    Stand two 2-by-4 wood planks, each 1 foot long, vertically on top of your wood table. Space the wood planks the same distance as the width of your variable speed drill. Drill through the bottom of your wood table using a power drill and screw wood screws into the ends of the wood planks by switching to a screw tip for the drill.

  2. 2

    Place a 5-inch 2-by-4 wood plank horizontally on your table. Place it between the two vertical planks. The 5-inch plank elevates your drill head. Drill through the bottom of your wood table using a power drill, and screw wood screws into the bottom of your 5-inch plank.

  3. 3

    Invert your variable speed drill. Place it between the 1-foot planks and on top of the 5-inch plank. The drill head faces inward. Drill a screw through the side of the 1-foot plank using a power drill and screw tip. Do not drill into the variable speed drill. The screw holds the tool in place with pressure from the top.

  4. 4

    Cut a 3-inch 2-by-4 plank. Drill a 3/8-inch hole through the 3-inch plank. Use a power drill and 3/8-inch drill bit. The hole is placed a half-inch from the end of the plank. You will place the jump ring coils through this hole.

  5. 5

    Place a vice-grip next to the drill holder. Attach the bottom of the vice-grip to the wood table. Squeeze the 3-inch plank with the vice-grip so the end with the hole faces the drill.

  6. 6

    Attach to the drill a jeweller's saw blade that is 2 inches in diameter and has a .02-inch thickness. Turn on the drill. The blade cuts a vertical line through the side of the 3-inch plank. Insert a jump ring coil through the 3/8-inch hole. The blade cuts the jump ring coil into individual jump rings. Place a small box at the bottom of the hole to collect the cut jump rings.

Tips and warnings

  • Various size holes can be made to accommodate different size jump rings.
  • Wear protective goggles, mask and gloves when handling a drill.

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