Making a comb with curved mortise and tenon with hand tools

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Project by Scott posted 05-02-2016 08:50 PM 2902 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this hair comb using tigerwood and hard maple. It is 2 1/4×8 1/4, and it varies in thickness from 7/16 to 3/4. To make the curve in the handle a five gallon bucket was put to good use, which makes a smooth curve and keeps it square too. In order to add strength, there is a 1/8 inch square tenon on the curve, which was challenging to do with a chisel. Needless to say there were many iterations of trimming and fitting. I used a pull saw to cut the comb teeth, and a rasp to recess the valley between the teeth. Then rasps were used to do the final shaping. It is finished with BLO.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#1 posted 05-02-2016 09:18 PM

Great work – thanks for the images showing your process steps.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#2 posted 05-03-2016 08:00 AM

Very nice work

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 05-03-2016 08:19 AM

Beautiful work, beautiful technik.

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#4 posted 05-03-2016 03:17 PM

I love the comb and the way that it is made.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 05-03-2016 04:54 PM

that is cool. Great design.

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#6 posted 05-04-2016 12:53 AM

wow. This was a great effort and resulted in a great piece! Very fine job. Congrats!

-- AJ

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#7 posted 05-06-2016 12:38 AM

You did a wonderful job on this. I really liked your photos because I got to see a lot of the tools you used. Again, just a beautiful piece you created.

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#8 posted 05-06-2016 02:55 AM

You absolutely cannot use a bucket to do woodworking. Now cut it out and get back to work!

-- Quote from ebay tool listing: " Has nicks and dings wear and tear dust and dirt rust and pitting but in good working condition"

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#9 posted 05-06-2016 03:20 AM

You’re right! The bucket should be banished from the shop. :)

-- Scott in North Carolina

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