How to Make a Wood Hair Brush




Introduction: How to Make a Wood Hair Brush

The idea behind the wood hair brush project was to give Amy a place to store her hair ties and maybe some other small items. The bulk of the hair brush is made of walnut and the “bristles” are made from a dowel. This is a fairly easy project and would be great for a beginner and actually quite fun for the more experienced woodworker as well.

You can get the free template from our website and make your own.

What you'll need


  • Walnut - used for the base piece
  • Dowel - used for the bristles
  • Wood glue
  • Finish (we used tung oil)


  • Band saw
  • Sander
  • Router
  • Drill or Drill press
  • Forstner and Regular Drill Bits

Step 1: Watch the Video

If you'd rather watch a video, here is an overview video of how we made it from start to finish. If not, the following steps have all the images and information. Enjoy.

Step 2: Applying the Wood Hair Brush Pattern

We always use the blue painter's tape when applying a pattern. It helps with removing the pattern later on. It was layered onto the piece of walnut and then a healthy coat of spray adhesive was added. Next, the pattern was applied.

Step 3: ​Rough Cutting & Sanding

Rough Cutting

After the pattern was secure, we rough cut the shape on the band saw. There was no need to get this precisely on the line since we will clean it up on the sander.


To get the final shape we wanted, we shaped the wood hair brush on the strip sander. A belt or disc sander would work as well for this.

Step 4: ​Drilling the Holes

Once we had the shape that we wanted we moved on to drilling all the holes. The pattern has a grid on it that can be used for the placement of these holes. For some reason our printer didn't print that grid, so we just added them on to the template in the shop. The small holes were drilled to receive a 1/8" dowel. The handle received a larger hole. This was accomplished with a forstner bit.

Step 5: ​Routing the Edges

Once we finalized all of the holes and we were satisfied, we moved on to smoothing over all the edges. We did this with a roundover bit in the router table.

Step 6: ​Finishing

Before adding in the bristles we added a coat of tung oil. We did this early on because we figured it would be difficult to get the finish down between the bristles once they were in place.

Step 7: Cutting the Bristles

We setup a tape line on the bandsaw and then cut 1/8" dowels to our desired length. Having the tape in place allowed us to replicate the same length multiple times. After making enough to fill all the holes, we finished those in tung oil as well, leaving a little area unfinished. This end will be glued into the hole.

Step 8: Adding the Bristles

We put a little would glue in each hole and tapped them in gently using a block of wood. Some of them did break, so make sure you make a few extras.

Step 9: All Done!

The large hole in the brush allows for easy hanging and the bristles are great for storing hair ties or any other small objects. The coolest thing about this project is that it only took an hour or so to make.

We hope you enjoyed this DIY project and the video that goes along with it. If you have any questions or comments please let us know, we'd be more than happy to help you out. Thanks for checking out this Instructable.

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    5 Discussions


    3 years ago

    very cleaner idea. Did anyone try using it as a brush? I wonder if it would work.


    Reply 3 years ago

    Haha, yes, we did try it. I gets tangled up pretty easy since there isn't any give in the bristles.


    Reply 3 years ago

    The tips should probably be rounded too. Maybe there is a stiff but slightly bendable plastic. I will start looking around. It sounds like something fun to try.


    Reply 3 years ago

    3d printing filament or weedeater line. The tips can be melted round with a lighter.


    Reply 3 years ago

    both are good ideas. I am going to try this.