Wooden Combs

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Project by gepatino posted 08-18-2012 01:42 AM 3777 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This a project I made with some leftovers from the pull dog (cedrillo is the dark one, and lenga).

I’ve resawn the 1” lenga to something like 1/4” putting my jigsaw in a homemade table support. I was inpired by this video ( and by not having enough money to buy one.

The teeth were cut by hand with a cheap miter saw.

I made two combs:

When doing the first one (4th pic) I tried to do it quickly and of course it wasn’t a good idea. The picture looks awfull, but when you have the comb in your hands it feels like something old and very crafty (if that word exists). I gave it to my sister for her birthday and she was really happy with it. In fact some of her friends asked me to do some combs for them.

After that odd feeling of having done something quite poor, I decided to make a better attempt with the second one. Couldn’t find much info on the web about combs, but somehow I figured out how to make the jig in the 3rd pic.
Basically, I do the first cut, then put the jiw into the slot, cut the next one, move the jig, and so on.

This time the teeth are much more consistent in size. I’ve cut too much at the begining and the comb broke, but fixed it with some glue.

In both cases the theeth were rounded by hand sanding, and that was a lot of sanding.

The second one went to my wife and she is really happy about it. Every time her friends come home, she shows off her comb :)

The finish in both cases was one coat of shellac as prefinish, some more sanding, and then several coats of pure olive oil. I’ve read in this cases olive oil is good since it’s not toxic, and it’s easy to find at home. This way the owner can apply some more oil after using it for a while, or if it gets wet (taking into account that a comb is usually used in the bathroom, after shower, etc)

I still have some more wood from that resawn, so maybe I make a little comb for my daughter at some time.

Hope you enjoy.


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#1 posted 08-18-2012 02:26 AM

Very cool. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 08-18-2012 02:45 AM

Something very different. Thanks.

Welcome to LumberJocks.


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#3 posted 08-18-2012 02:51 AM

I really like these. They are so pretty and doubtless much easier on the hair than plastic ones. They will makes great gifts for any female friend – you wife will be asking you for more. Most guys do not understand how important it is to have something nice like this for our hair. A winner!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#4 posted 08-18-2012 03:17 AM

Neat idea ! Your second comb is definitely a lot better !

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#5 posted 08-18-2012 12:45 PM

I like your combs a lot.

I’ve attempted at making combs too, but I found the spacing between the teeth and the thickness of the teeth to be a little tricky. Any recommendations?

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#6 posted 08-19-2012 02:02 AM


For the second comb, I made the gig with the idea of having the theet twice as thick as the spacing between them. I have a 2mm thick saw, so the teeth are around 4mm.

When trying the comb, it didn’t comb that much until I rounded the teeth, and I should have sharpen them more than rounding.

For the next ones, I’ll try 2mm teeth. The thinner the teeth, the better it combs. I guess it should also work with thinner spaces, but I don’t have another saw yet.

Hope it helps.


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#7 posted 12-20-2012 11:59 PM

This looks good. I’ve been thinking about trying to make some combs of my own – this will be some good inspiration.

-- Seth Newsome, CA,

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