|Project by KnotCurser||posted 02-21-2016 04:00 PM||774 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
I’ve made a few of these combs in the past and almost all of the comb tines break after a few months. No matter what I used it seemed that the tines were just too weak and brittle. I even tried using LP Vinyl which wound up either too flimsy or too thick if I doubled it up.
I then came across a bunch of videos on micarta – basically taking pieces of fabric and impregnating them with resin – and wondered if I could do this with REALLY thin sheets of wood. I thickly coated five sheets of veneer with resin, sandwiched them between two slabs of melamine and put the clamps to them.
After an overnight of curing, I pried the boards apart and IT WORKED! Five sheets of cross-plyed wood less than three millimeters thick and super strong! I am calling this stuff Wood-Carta!
I KNOW what some people are going to say – “it’s PLYWOOD”. Yeah, I suppose, but plywood isn’t totally impregnated with resin and this strong.
Into the laser cutter to create the comb part and the center of the case. The rest of the case is solid walnut.
After a bunch of shaping, sanding and a tad more laser embellishments here’s the result! This will be going to a friend who paid for a much earlier version of one of my combs and had the tines break. Gotta make things right!
Finish consists of just orange oil – I’ve found that with regular use, the oils in our hands and beard tends to keep the wood treated and looking great.
I’ve got quite a few ideas for this “wood-carta” for future projects. :-)
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