Folding beard combs

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Project by hobobanned posted 04-07-2017 04:19 PM 1025 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had the good fortune to be temporarily unemployed last year and took that time to make some sawdust. I made two different styles of beard combs. One is a black walnut case/handle with maple tines and teak lamination with a cherry pin. The other is cherry with maple tines and cocobolo lamination with a walnut pin. I had a great time designing them and fine tuning it as I developed more efficient techniques. I laminated both sides of the comb to sure up the lateral strength as the maple grain is in the direction of the tines. Getting a snug fit in the handle was a bit tricky but I was ultimately happy with the results. The most time consuming part was shaping the tines. I used a dremel with various grinding and sanding disks to form and polish the four sides of each individual tine into a smooth rounded tooth and then hand sanded them with folded sand paper with the grain between each tine. I gave away half of my first batch to some bearded friends to test for comfort and durability, and I am happy to say that after more than a year every one of them is still in use. The remaining stock I have are up for sale on Etsy and at my wife’s hair salon. I never intended to quit my day job, this was just a fun project and challenge while I had some extra time on my hands. Unfortunately, just as I started to get proficient at making them, I got the call to get back to work. If you are at all interested you can check out my Esty store at

and my instagram @manifesto.woodworks

-- hobobanned

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#1 posted 04-07-2017 05:18 PM

Very Nice! You have a really good design – well thought out.

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#2 posted 04-07-2017 09:51 PM

nice! I may have to pick one up…

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#3 posted 04-07-2017 11:20 PM

Those are very beautiful and unique. What a great job developing them on your part. Should be great gift sellers.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 04-08-2017 01:07 AM

These are sweet! I’ll add this to my birthday wish list!

-- Matthew 13:53-58

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#6 posted 03-22-2018 03:49 PM

Wow mann these are great

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#7 posted 03-22-2018 04:01 PM

makes me want to grow a beard oh wait i got one, nice job

-- Terry Uncle Buck Carvins "woodworking minus patience equals firewood "

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