Ryan Evans's Projects




Wooden Rings Wooden Rings
Wooden Rings. The first ring was black walnut, orange wood, and three layers of .01" brass sheet metal. The second "X" ring and the fourth were also black walnut and orange (no brass). The third was madrone burl and paduak. I had one more (not pictured) that I made out of basswood.

I had someone contact me recently and ask if I could make wooden rings. I had never even thought to try before, but it looked interesting. The person also sent me the website of a company specializing in wooden rings as an example. They were charging $250+, so my interest was peaked. I knew I could do something similar with just the scrap wood laying around my shop. So, I gave it a try.

After creating a simple tapered fixture and some trial-and-error, I was turning rings out with ease. I challenged myself to duplicate some more complex designs that I found online. That's where the "X" design from the second pictured ring came from. December 2020

Toy Tractor
Toy Tractor
. My son's first birthday is today (Monday, 2nd). Here's a tractor I made for him from scrap red oak. I turned the four wheels and the two axles. The chassis was template-routed. I created the template based on 1:16 scale of exact dimensions from a John Deere 7330 Premium Hi Crop. Finding those dimensions online was not easy. I painted it using authentic "John Deere Green" which is an actual color. That wasn't easy to find in non-toxic paint either. Finally, I coated it in polyurethane. October 2020

Dog Bowl Stand
Dog Bowl Stand
. I wanted to share the dog bowl stand that I just completed for my dog, Didymus (reference from the David Bowie movie, The Labyrinth). In addition, I created a lid for it to keep my one-year-old son's hands out the water and the dog food. So far, it's paying off. Overall, this was a fun, quick project and my first time cutting bigger circles. I used scrap red oak, cherry stain, and polyurethane. October 2020

Foot Stool
Dog Bowl Stand
. I wanted to share the dog bowl stand that I just completed for my dog, Didymus (reference from the David Bowie movie, The Labyrinth). In addition, I created a lid for it to keep my one-year-old son's hands out the water and the dog food. So far, it's paying off. Overall, this was a fun, quick project and my first time cutting bigger circles. I used scrap red oak, cherry stain, and polyurethane.
Foot Stool
Foot Stool
. Recently, my wife and I celebrated our five year wedding anniversary. As many might know, the traditional five year gift is wood. So, as a woodworker, I knew I better bring it this year. I couldn't do big furniture; we have enough. I wanting to try something totally new.
Ryan Evans wooden wine glass
Turned Wood Wine Glass
. Recently, my wife and I celebrated our five year wedding anniversary. As many might know, the traditional five year gift is wood. So, as a woodworker, I knew I better bring it this year. I couldn't do big furniture; we have enough. I wanting to try something totally new.
So, I set my mind to recreating the most used item in our house out of wood, a wine glass. I've never turned before, but I've always wanted to try. On the first attempt, I foolishly did the stem first, leaving the piece too unstable to form the inside of the cup. On my second attempt, I started with the cup, but the wood got too thin and shattered into a million pieces all over my shop. Not to sound like Goldilocks, the third attempt was just right and resulted in the final product (see pictures attached). July 2020
Ryan Evans
Planter Box
from re-cycled redwood. July 2020.
Ryan Evans
Router jig
; scrap wood; stain. February 2020.
Ryan Evans
Child's height ruler
; red oak; shellac. February 2020.
Ryan Evans
CRIB SLATS-OAK
, PINE-STAIN & POLY. November 2019.



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