Introduction: DIY Resin & Wood Comb
My best friend and I wanted to make a unique gift for a friend with an epic beard. So, we grabbed a piece of wood from my scrap pile, mixed up some epoxy resin, and made some really cool combs!
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Step 1: Prep the Lumber
Choose the lumber you’d like to use for this project and prep it by cutting it down to size. I had to run my piece through the planer a few times to get it to the thickness I needed (but, this is optional).
Step 2: Build the Mold
After cutting your pieces to size, build a melamine mold for your resin pour. I did this by marking how big my pieces were and then cutting the melamine on the table saw to fit the pieces.
Step 3: Prep the Mold
Next, prep your mold using Tyvek tape. This will help prevent the resin from sticking to the melamine.
Step 4: Assemble the Mold
After the mold has been prepped, attach all of the pieces together by pre-drilling holes and inserting screws.
Step 5: Seal the Mold
Once the molds has been prepped, it’s time to get ready for the pour! Use a vacuum to get rid of any debris leftover in the mold, and then seal up the edges using caulking.
Step 6: Prep & Place the Wood
Once the caulking has dried, prep the piece of wood for the pour by sanding the edges that will be exposed to the epoxy resin. Then, install the wood into the mold.
Step 7: Mix the Resin
Next, prep your epoxy resin by following the mixing directions on your particular bottle. Make sure to add some fun pigment and colors to your resin!
Step 8: Pour the Resin
Pour the resin into the mold (one trick I've found is to seal the piece with a thin coat of resin prior to pouring in order to keep bubbles from forming while the resin cures). I used a clamp to keep the pieces from floating up during the pour.
Step 9: Clean It Up
After the resin cures, remove the piece from the mold by removing the screws first and then using a chisel to pull the melamine away from any tough spots. You may need to flatten your piece after this (but, using a planer is totally optional).
Step 10: Sand
Next, sand your piece to the desired thickness of your comb.
Step 11: Apply Your Template
Once your piece has been sanded and trimmed to its final size, use a stencil to figure out the shape in which you’d like to cut your combs. I found my stencils on Google by searching "Comb Clip Art" and then attached my stencils using spray adhesive.
Step 12: Cut & Shape the Combs
Cut the combs using a scroll saw or jig saw and then to sand, shape, and fine-tune your combs. I bounced back and forth between sanding and engraving bits on a rotary tool to get mine to their final shape.
Step 13: Finish the Combs
After your pieces have been shaped, sand the piece to 400 grit (and don’t forget to wet sand as well to help polish the resin) and then finish with a food safe finish!
Step 14: Admire Your Work!
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