Wooden Hair Clips

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Project by Peter Brown posted 11-13-2013 04:47 PM 4206 views 24 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First, I started by re-sawing some cutoffs and turning blocks I had around the shop. This was mulberry, walnut, sycamore, pine and some dogwood.

I passed each piece through the planer to give it a good gluing surface. Then arranged the pieces and glued them together.

After the glue dried I drew a simple surfboard shape and spray glued it to the blank. Took this too the band saw and roughed it out.

I sanded the front profile and then attached a piece of plywood with double stick tape. This would keep the piece from rocking when I brought it back to the band saw to cut off a “slice” about 1/8 inch thick.

I got 4 barrettes from this blank. I sanded the backs and then glued on the clips. I found the clips on online, for a good price:

I think epoxy would be a better choice over hot glue for the future. I had one fail, and used epoxy for repair. The other 3 are strong and I think I’ll leave them.

Finished with 4 coats of poly and shined up at the buffing wheel.

I also made a video of the process

Thanks for looking!

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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#1 posted 11-13-2013 05:07 PM

Hello kludge

Great work and a clear blog to explain

I like it
What is the dimension ?
Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#2 posted 11-13-2013 05:20 PM


I’m not positive on the dimensions. Based on the clips I would say 5 1/2” long and 2 1/2 wide. I made a few blanks and they were all different. These were the widest and my favorite of the lot.

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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#3 posted 11-13-2013 06:12 PM

Good design and well done Peter.


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#4 posted 11-13-2013 09:16 PM

Very clever. Perfect gift idea, and at the right price I bet you could sell the heck out of them at a Craft Fair.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 11-15-2013 04:18 AM

Nice design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 11-18-2013 03:00 PM

That’s pretty, I’m sure that’ll be hits to the ladies. Better than the plastic ones. Great job and video as well.

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#7 posted 12-24-2013 08:01 PM

Great Gift idea. Well thought out. Thanks for showing some How-To Photos and explanations.

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