Introduction: Making Your Own Unique Wooden Comb
Full video of the hair comb build is below which can be found on my Youtube Channel, followed by materials list / tools list and a full set of written steps that you'll want to have to build your own version!
Step 1: Gather Materials and Get Stoked!
I always have messy hair. So in this project, I used some scrap pieces of wood I had to make a comb - it was a fun two day simple project and the result was pretty amazing.
Shout out to Mike at ModernBuilds for providing the template (which I modified for my specific needs)
- Scrap Hardwoods (I used Maple, IPE, and African Mahogany)
- TiteBond II Wood Glue: http://amzn.to/2peRFus
- Spray Adhesive: http://amzn.to/2to0Byn
- Mineral Oil: http://amzn.to/2p1hu2N
- RYOBI Stationary Bench Sander: http://amzn.to/2q1Cq8k
- Wen 12.5” Thickness Planer: http://amzn.to/2q9FYYW
- BESSEY Economy 2.5” x 12” Clutch Clamps: http://amzn.to/2oIJGVy
- RYOBI Band Saw: http://amzn.to/2rYzJF8
- Vice Clamp: http://amzn.to/2q1GfKO
- Coping Saw: http://amzn.to/2pwztQj
- Hand Sanding Sponges and Paper Strips (120, 220, 320 grit): http://amzn.to/2oHa6pP
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Step 2: Cut Your Materials to Length
Step one was to take my scraps and cut them to length - I cut them all about 12-15 inches depending on the available materials.
Step 3: Clean Up Your Surfaces
I then cleaned up everything on my stationary belt sander which had a 120 grit belt on it - this would make gluing up much easier and cleaner.
Step 4: Glue Up Your Scraps!
Once I had my strips, I could glue them up and let them cure overnight. And incase I botched the project the next day, I made a back up blank as well.
Step 5: Plane Down Your Blank(s)
The next day, I could plane it down to my desired thickness. I eye-balled this, but it was maybe 3/8" thick. You can see the two final blanks in the second photo.
Step 6: Template / Drawing Your Comb
You can totally freehand this, but I went the spray adhesive / template route for part of the project, and the free handing for the other. I attached the template I cut out to my scrap pieces of wood and then free handed a handle that I wanted for my build.
Step 7: Cut Your Comb!
I then went to cut out my shape. I was super ambitious and thought a coping saw in a vice would be the best route, but I gave up after about 9 seconds of sawing and getting no where and went with my newly purchases (used) bandsaw. It worked great - just take your time with it!
Step 8: Final Sanding / Shaping of Your Comb
I then went back to my stationary belt sander to round over all of the edges and tape the bristles. Take this slow but also be forceful at the same time. Using a rafter square to press all the bristles down at the same time makes it super easy to give you a nice taper using 120 grit paper.
I then used a strip of 120 and 220 grit to individually round over all of my bristles on each side and then fine tune all of the outside curves. Was looking good!
Step 9: Finishing!
Last up, I applied mineral oil to finish the project and bring out the grain and color. I'm sure there are other finishes, but this worked great for my case.
Step 10: Admire Your Work and Comb Your Hair!!
Then I was done! I tested it out and it worked great and I'm super happy with the result and it functions great!!
If you want to know any materials, tools, or have any general questions answered, you can check out the second step or contact me via my website, thecuttingbored.com and I would be happy to do answer them.
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