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Project by Lee Barker posted 12-19-2012 04:37 PM 787 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little gizmo was for sale one year in the commercial exhibits section of the county fair. I recognized the metal part. I didn’t care much for the plastic handle or the $20 plus price tag (though I am certain it was a “special fair price”).

“I can do that,” I said, and I did, and you can too. The metal part is the comb, the fixed bottom plate of electric hair clippers, which I see frequently at thrift stores for a few bucks. I have made several of these for family members.

I cut the angled kerf in the wood when it is wide, then rip several handles to width and shape them. I cut the kerf to be snug for the comb and then glue it in with CA glue or epoxy. A little sanding, a little rounding over, a little rattle can lacquer and you’re done.

The tool does a great job of pulling out the downy undercoat that some dogs sport. I’d like to know which breeds these might be. Our pound hound, mostly terrier, loved it. And wads of the stuff came out, particularly when she was molting.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"





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#1 posted 12-19-2012 04:48 PM

Pretty silk Lee. Forgive the distraction but I was wondering where you got the rule with the holes in it ?

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 12-19-2012 05:00 PM

Do you recognize the rule, Jim? I was smiling when I chose it for the images, wondering if anyone would.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#3 posted 12-19-2012 05:02 PM

You got me Lee ,it looks like a combo 6”rule and drill guide?

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 12-19-2012 05:17 PM

Way more esoteric than that, Jim. It’s a surgical tool—6” and mm scales. Reverse: Drill size and screw size (ok, so you were right there), then Kirschner wire sizes (3) and seven holes showing Steinman pin and twist drill sizes.

You can search Wikipedia for those two metal items and learn what they do. I haven’t found a use for them yet in my shop, but I’m sure we do some of the same process these are used for, especially when we’re trying to square up a non-cooperative something or other we have built.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#5 posted 12-19-2012 05:21 PM

Thanks Lee, I guess I won’t be running down to my surgical supply store to pick one up for $250 :))

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#6 posted 12-19-2012 05:42 PM

I already emailed them Jim. It’s waiting for you in will call. And I said you wanted the whole set. It will be slightly more than $250.

But hey, it will make your work more accurate, right?

: )

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#7 posted 12-19-2012 06:11 PM

wow Lee I didn’t know there’s a whole set maybe I want a 1/2 dozen set’s ,but first let’s see if I can get a mortgage on the house that way I can order a couple of the surgical cordless drills at $3800 ea too. :)))

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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