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After seeing the idea on Reddit, I couldn't resist having a go at making one of
these hardwood combs.

The original used walnut and mahogany but I wanted something a little different so I used walnut and purpleheart instead.

I made the comb at Techshop SF.

Step 1: Basic shape and cutting the rabbets

Sorry, missed the photo for this step but you can see the profile and the rabbets cut out for the inlay.  Just ignore the prongs for now!

I used a belt sander to shape the basic profile. Working with the grain of the walnut, which runs along the prongs for strength, I shaped the profile you can see.

Then I used the table saw to cut the rabbets. This was tricky and I messed it up a few times. I ran the piece through on end with the saw very close to the fence. The problem I faced was that the cutout for the saw blade was too big and the piece wanted to fall down. That made the cut inaccurate as I was basically free handing it. Next time I'd use a sacrificial board with the blade raised through it but I couldn't see a way to fix that down at Techshop, where I was working.
beautiful. I just lost my favourite sandlewood beard comb in mexico, so I'm thinking of making a replacement. I have some spare pieces of Brazilian hardwood, maybe cocobolo? - sitting around that I could use. do you think the top having the grain run contrary to the tines makes it stronger overall? or could I make it out of one piece of wood and get good results?
It definitely makes it stronger but as long as you don't make the flat part too thin or too short then it should still be strong enough. You can make the comb quite thick at the flat end if needed.
<p>beautiful... Something I would like to try...</p>
<p>This is fantastic. the dowels in the corner are nice too, but I think yours looks great the way it is.</p><p>By the by, you got featured over here: <a href="http://manmadediy.com/users/chris/posts/2903-how-to-make-your-own-hardwood-comb" rel="nofollow">http://manmadediy.com/users/chris/posts/2903-how-to-make-your-own-hardwood-comb</a></p>
Thanks
<p>Beautiful job, for long haired ladies only ;)</p>
Very well done, sir.
<p>That is beautiful!</p>
<p>Thanks!</p>

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