Hair Comb #2, Cherry & Walnut

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Project by BTimmons posted 01-27-2014 03:19 PM 2434 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second try at a wooden comb, this time using cherry with walnut. The grain on cherry is tighter and its pores aren’t as big, which makes it better suited for running through hair compared to walnut, which I used on my first try.

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This piece of cherry has a dark mineral streak discoloring one of the teeth. Didn’t know it was there until everything was cut. Guess I need to get more select material. The little dark dots you see in the cherry are from my needle file, when I slipped while filing between the teeth and ended up poking the wood. Oops. Despite the wood’s additional “character” and my little mistakes, I still like this one a lot better.

All it’s had in terms of finish is a good soak of boiled linseed oil. What I’d like to do in the near future is invest in a good buffing system to really shine it up.

I tried using a belt sander for shaping the curves, which kind of got away from me in a couple of spots. I’m thinking that a small roundover bit in a router table is the way to go in order to ensure consistency.

Just a little over five inches (~13 cm).

-- Brian Timmons -

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#1 posted 01-27-2014 04:48 PM

I like the comb! The project seems pretty straight forward but a tutorial of your process to make these would be fun to check out. It is definitely a unique project. I don’t anyone that owns a wooden comb!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 01-27-2014 05:16 PM

A tutorial would be great, I’ve made a couple of these in the past, but cutting the teeth by hand, not so even but not so bad either.


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#3 posted 01-27-2014 05:26 PM

That looks great. What a fun project.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 01-27-2014 06:12 PM

Beautiful combination

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 01-27-2014 06:46 PM

Thanks everyone. There seems to be some interest in how these are done. It’s surprisingly easy, at least where it concerns cutting the teeth. I’ll probably do a video on this soon.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#6 posted 01-27-2014 07:25 PM

It’s fantastic. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a comb posted but it’s a great idea. Perfect use for those small cutoffs of good wood. Thanks for posting.

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#7 posted 01-27-2014 07:32 PM

Yes! Consider the video please, these are little seen nowadays.

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#8 posted 01-27-2014 09:05 PM

The cherry finished up really well Brian! Another winner! Did you cut this one on the table saw or were you daresome and try the scrollsaw? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 01-27-2014 09:24 PM

Candy, thanks. Don’t own a scroll saw yet, so table saw it is.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#10 posted 01-28-2014 01:22 AM

Nice work, but ya know I cannot recall the last time I used a comb. (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#11 posted 01-28-2014 02:56 AM

Nice comb. Have you considered one with a long handle on the side as a woman’s comb?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#12 posted 01-28-2014 07:20 PM

Looks really nice. I’ve made a few African and far eastern comb thingy but not a comb, comb. Will wait for the video. Thanks.


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#13 posted 01-28-2014 10:51 PM

nicely done and the wood combination looks great .
I don’t see defects just a well made handcrafted comb with a little character .

-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 01-30-2014 03:33 PM

I like it

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#15 posted 04-28-2015 01:52 PM

I like the comb!

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