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After the successful launch of my Etsy store, I've been cranking out the combs left and right. Trying new woods and streamlining my processes has been interesting and quite fun. I've determined that I absolutely love cocobolo. Black & white ebony and claro walnut burl are also extremely nice.

I want to easy my way into larger pieces like furniture, but for now this is doing pretty well for me. I basically tried doing combs on a lark, because not many others are doing them and it looked like fun. Turns out people really love them, and they buy the things. Who knew?

The combs pictured in order, are as follows.

1 - Fine tooth beard or hair comb - Bocote with cocobolo grips





2 - Hair comb - Cherry with cocobolo grips





3 - Hair comb - Cherry with black & white ebony grips





4 - Hair comb - Cherry with claro walnut burl grips



5 - Fine tooth beard or hair comb - Bocote with rosewood grips







6 - Fine tooth beard or hair comb - Bocote with maple burl grips

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Those are some very nice combs, excellent choice of woods.
So, while you're work'en all the live long day, are you whistling too?
Great luck so far, keep up the good work.
 

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Brian, those are some of the coolest combs I've ever seen. Fantastic work. Congrats on the Etsy store. Did you ever decide on a branding/labeling method for them?
 

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7Footer, I didn't want to bother with the time and expense of having a custom electric iron created. And all the other methods I've tried detracted from the overall aesthetic rather than added to it.

I may reconsider that position in the near future, though.
 

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Brian-Very nice work. +1 on the wood choices. Are you using some sort of box joint jig thingy for the spacing of the teeth? How do you sand the insides of the teeth to prevent splinters in the 'stache?
 

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Don, Thanks! I use a homemade spacing jig to cut the teeth. It's just a secondary fence clamped the back of my cross cut sled. Sliding the index pin either towards or away from the blade sets the distance between cuts. Once the first cut in a blank is made and the spacing is set with the auxiliary fence now in place, it's a completely brain-dead process of cut, move, cut, move, etc.

Then comes a bit of the really careful work of using a round needle file to round over the areas between the teeth. Those are easiest to see on the ones made from cherry.

After that it's a a quick trip through a few increasingly finer grits of sanding mops like this one here. It takes all the fuzzies off and digs in between the teeth. After that I get out the Beall buffing wheels and go to town.

 

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Can you size one up for this bush on me face??? lol. These are mighty fine combs.
 

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I liked them before, and I like the new ones too.
These are really nice. Good idea, and great execution.
You should be proud.

Steve
 

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Roger, in your case I might need a rake!
 

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Those are great looking, unique item too. Glad they are selling.
 

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I love these do you think you could do a blog on these?
 

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Bondo, thanks!

Jay, been thinking I need to have a friend follow me around the shop with a video camera.
 

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I thought your first combs were great, Brian. These are even better! Congratulations on the Etsy shop doing so well!
 

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Great work and good luck with your etsy venture
 

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Great work man, I love the sanding mop idea too. I am in serious need of something like that for my work, I may have to take that idea and run with it.

Isn't creating products awesome! It's really fun when you realize that you are solving a problem/need for others with your inventions. Keep up the good work Brian, and keep us in the loop. Oh, and I'll second the idea of videotaping. You'd be amazed at what a good video will do for promotion.
 

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I made a couple after picking up one in a Dubai hotel. They are very neat. Yours are great!
 

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If you were closer I would come over and follow you around with a camera. :)
 

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Beautiful craftsmanship! May I suggest a tiny set of your initials on the side end as your logo? Seems a shame that such beautiful work remains anonymous.
Thanks for posting.
 
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