Hair Comb - Cherry and Rosewood

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Project by BTimmons posted 02-26-2014 05:11 PM 2711 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a few previous attempts (which can be seen in my earlier projects), I think I’ve settled on a design that I really like. I decided to forgo the buttons on the grip, in favor of a more sleek, minimalist approach. Higher resolution images can be seen here. In particular, I’m pretty proud of the hand filing between the bases of the teeth, and how I’m able to get better results quicker the more I practice.

One big thing I did differently is that the splines aren’t flat, but rather flare out towards the back. It makes for a nice comfortable grip that feels great in the hand. Of course it also makes the comb extremely strong and resistant to flexing. The profile on the teeth is also more refined. I used a triangular file in between all the teeth to make them ever so slightly more rounded, rather than completely square in cross section at the tips.

And while I previously had doubts about whether I liked cherry on account of its plain appearance, the rosewood makes for a beautiful contrast, and I think that they work really well together. I’ll undoubtedly try a few more combinations, but this one is definitely a keeper.

Teeth are cut on a table saw jig, then profile sanding is done on a belt sander, followed by sanding mops chucked in the drill press, in 180 and 400 grit. Earlier I had used boiled linseed oil for finishing, which didn’t do much besides make the cherry dull and somewhat blotchy. But here I went straight to my new Beall buffing wheels. So this is finished with a friction polish alone, with a quick buff of carnauba wax. I have to say, it feels amazing in the hand and in the hair of course! I’ve been testing it on my rough-and-tumble four year old daughter’s long hair, and even the toughest tangles don’t stand a chance. I used to struggle to get the knots out of her hair, but now it’s like bringing a machine gun to a knife fight.

I’ve made three like this one so far, with blanks to make nine more in the next couple days. Pretty soon I’ll be able to open up on Etsy and start selling!

Thanks for looking, everyone.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#1 posted 02-26-2014 05:34 PM

Now there is a comb!!!!! I like the cherry / Rosewood combination it works!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#2 posted 02-26-2014 05:48 PM

but now it’s like bringing a machine gun to a knife fight.

That made me literally laugh out loud Brian! Another great comb.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 02-26-2014 06:22 PM

Nice design changes, make for a very nice comb.
I kinda liked the buttons on prior posts though, why did you remove? Too much extra work?
I’m sure you’ll sell more of these than you can mass produce, and you’ll find yourself wondering where all your free time went too.
Good luck on this venture.

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#4 posted 02-26-2014 07:31 PM

Very nice… If I had some hair I would make one…

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#5 posted 02-26-2014 09:59 PM

LOL-Candy.. Very nicely done. I like the 2-tone woods.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 02-27-2014 04:48 PM

Wonderful work on this comb Brian with a lot of nicely done details and beautiful wood.

I’m surprised that more woodworkers, especially those wanting to sell their work, aren’t specializing in wooden combs. They can be made in so many beautiful types with and without handles and from a lot beautiful woods, and of course they don’t make static electricity while combing, a big advantage, especially for the ladies.

I have a very interesting article in an old routing book from FWW on wooden comb making with some very efficient and interesting methods to speed up and simplify the production process. I have thought about making some wooden combs for the gals in my extended family, but I never seem to get around to it. I wish you success with yours.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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