|Project by BTimmons||posted 02-05-2014 08:54 PM||15512 views||8 times favorited||15 comments|
1 – Here’s a selection from my first batch of beard combs showcasing different woods for the grip. I have one more in wenge, one more in African mahogany, and two more in curly maple. I’ve quickly fallen in love with bocote, which makes up the main body for each of these. Each one is shaped a little differently. Making these in batches allows for little experiments between pieces.
2- Bocote with wenge. The shape of this one, my favorite of the bunch, was completely unintentional at first. When I was shaping the grip, I went right through to the bocote underneath. So to salvage it, I just sanded hollows into the grip to remove the flawed portions. It’s what Bob Ross would’ve called a happy little accident.
3 – Bocote with curly maple. On the next batch I plan to make these into more of an apple seed convex shape, rather than the concave curves seen here.
4 – Bocote with African mahogany. I like the very dark and the very light with bocote, but I’m not sure about this combination.
5 – They’re pretty beefy, ranging from 5/8” to 3/4” at their thickest. The teeth are ridiculously strong. Bocote is a very hard wood. The teeth are cut on a table saw jig, and points are hand filed, along with the inner portions between the teeth. Main shaping is done by stationary belt sander and then I hit them with a 180 grit sanding mop chucked in my drill press.
But prototyping and getting ready to set up an online shop for these has been keeping me busy. Soon!
-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com