Make a wood bracelet


Last weekend I was watching the movie Atlas Shrugged which features a metal bracelet. I love the angular and geometric simplicity of it and decided to make one out of wood.

I’ve made a few wood jewelry projects in the past and have discovered that no matter how simple the project appears to be, it always seems to come with its own set of challenges, mostly due to the small scale. If, when building a three-foot wide storage cabinet, a measurement is off by a 1/8″, I don’t get too worried. On a one-inch wide bracelet link, an eight of an inch is unacceptable.

This bracelet and earring set can be made with just a hand saw, a hand drill, and a plane. As with any jewelry project, you want the wood to be thin and lightweight. If you happen to have wood that is already 1/8″ thick or less, you are good to go.

I used a piece of Yucatan Rosewood for my bracelet. It’s got a beautiful reddish color and a dark grain. The nice thing about making wood jewelry is that is requires very little wood, so it’s a great opportunity to use some scraps you’ve been saving. It can also be a good excuse to splurge on some exotic lumber. Just make sure the wood is hard. Soft woods such as pine are likely to break.

The biggest problem I ran into with this was that it simply didn’t look right when I first assembled it. The rings I bought were just too big. It was a case of something that could only be discovered in the “real world”. On paper, the rings looked good. I made another trip to the craft store and bought some 10mm rings, which worked out perfectly.

If you would like to experiment with this design, here is the cutting template I made for the earrings and the bracelet.



  1. The first photo is what I was basing my wood version on. But the little peg just slides through that square on the other end. I actually picked up one like that for mine, but decided against it.

    • The Dude: why does this project frighten you so much? When you start a woodworking business and crank out a show week after week, you can decide on your own projects that will strictly address your specific masculine insecurities and appeal to a narrow audience.

    • Actually, this may be the most masculine project Steve has ever made.

      It appears that, “the dude” has never successfully offered a woman his wood.

      Steve, on the other hand, has a son, so clearly he has impressed a woman with his wood before.

    • Actually Steve you disapoint me. I thought you had wider shoulders then that, obviously not. I actually do have a very successful woodworking business. I build and sell reclaimed wood furniture up here in Ontario Canada.
      I specialize in harvest tables and benches. And as far as an audience….I don’t have an audience, I make money. I have customers and clients. Love the videos Steve, just try not to take jokes too seriously.

    • well, I for one like the project. I don’t see me making this anytime soon, but it gives me ideas for an interesting way to layout asymmetrical shapes and joining them as well. sometimes it isn’t the project as much as the methods and skill sets. Thanks Steve. -to “the dude” and all the other naysayers get real. even my 5 year old nephew learned if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it. I am curious what kind of comments you would receive on your videos.

    • To ‘the dude’, down here in the South (Louisiana), we say, “Thought you had thicker skin than that.” LOL (lots of gator-related sayings down here) By the way I’m not the same anonymous as the previous posts, I’m retired & decided not to get too intense about much. I just don’t have an account anywhere to have a name. Not everyone gets Canadian humor though. I married a lady from Minnesota, so we both have had our culture shocks. Way I see it, Steve was tired when he read it & responded while tired. “Anonymouse” responded like a true groupie, but it’s not the 1960’s any more, and you were just being Canadian-humor you.

    • Now, now, dude. Everyone has seen the thickness of Norm’s glasses. I can tell you from the 50 years of wearing mine that some things are better left to others when it comes to detail ! I bet a dollar to a hole in a donut that Norm Wouldn’t, Didn’t, cuz he Couldn’t cuz it takes a lot of Focus Power! Again, this isn’t Anonymouse.

  2. I apologize as well, sorry for taking it so seriously and as a personal attack. Let’s keep this place fun and to Steve. How about a country harvest table ? You built new furniture for your living room how about the dining room?

  3. Thanks the dude, no worries, that’s cool. 🙂 Yeah I love all the rustic projects too. I’m a big fan of those!

    Actually, the more I think about it, the more impressive it seems that Steve keeps these projects coming each week. There are other great woodworkers out there, but none that I know of that are so diverse! From using exotic hardwoods to plywood, to 2″x4″s, garden logs and even Pallets. From more complex stuff like a 7-part instructional video on making a refined chess board/case, to much quicker projects. Some can be made with just a very small selection of basic tools, while others use the full workshop. Some outdoor, some indoor. The list goes on. To date, I count 224 WWMM videos excluding Mere Minutes, blog posts, keeks and other things! That’s pretty amazing really!

    Steve, from us all, thanks!

  4. Nice project “Woody”, I mean Steve. How do you come up with a new project that you can complete every week? Me, I spend a lot of time in magazines and online for my inspirations. Keep up the good work, you are appreciated.

  5. Steve
    My wife and i enjoy your projects and videos keep making the various kinds of projects it keeps new ideas for us all thanks again Steve

    • A harvest table is a place for women to cook food after bringing it in from the garden.

      It’s a very feminine project that “the dude” was requesting.

      I think “the dude” is hiding something about himself… his secret desire to wear a nice floral apron and cook.

  6. Makes me want to learn more about wood and wood cutting: if you polish it right, wood is as beautiful as semiprecious stones! I’m experimenting with jewelry making and wire sculpture, using dark annealed steel. I bet it would look awesome with some polished wood accents.

    (I don’t see why making jewelry wouldn’t be considered manly. Like you said in a recent post, “What century are we in?”


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