Introduction: Loss-Proof Comb
My comb sticks to the soft leather on my key wallet and my comb often falls out of my pocket unnoticed. I am tired of replacing combs. I have tried to put my comb into a different pocket, but sometimes forget and lose another comb.
I looked for a folding comb, but those often looked like a dagger, and that will not work well at airport security. I decided to make a wooden frame into which I can mount a comb.
- #6 x 1/2 wood screw
- Spray finish
- Table saw
- Drill and bits
- Half-round file
Step 1: Select Hardwood
I have some beech I can cut down to fit the size of my comb. I cut it to be just a little longer than the comb.
Step 2: Set the Saw
I set the depth on my saw's cut to be just a little more than the height of the comb. I set a tall rip fence.
Step 3: Rip a Slot in the Hardwood
I very carefully used a pusher stick arrangement to cut a slot for the comb. I had to move the fence a little and make a second cut to get the necessary width on the slot.
Step 4: Reduce Thickness
The piece of wood was thicker on one side than the other. I need both sides of the slot to be the same thickness. I could have resawn the wood, but I did not want to risk things going wrong while sawing a small piece, even with pusher sticks.
I put the wood in a vise and used a hand plane to reduce the thickness some. Then I used a sanding drum above a small table surface to reduce the thickness and be certain both sides are parallel.
Step 5: Round the Corners and the Edges
I used the sanding drum to round and shape the wood by hand. The small wood screw will hinge the comb so it folds out like a pocket knife. I drilled a hole through one corner of the comb and used that as a template for locating and drilling a hole in the wood. Then I used a countersink for the screw head.
Step 6: Give It a Test
The comb is mounted in the wooden frame. The countersink has been made for the screw head.
Step 7: Cut Away for Opening the Comb
I made a half-round cutaway so I can grasp and open the comb.
Step 8: Finish
I used a spray shellac to finish the wood. Although it does not show clearly, the finish added a nice golden tone. I should lose far fewer combs now.