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Project by BTimmons posted 02-05-2014 08:54 PM 13870 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

6 – They’re polished smooth using a three part power buffing system, so no film finish has been added. I’ve had a few people ask for process pictures and video on my earlier combs.
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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





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Oldtool

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#1 posted 02-05-2014 09:00 PM

Nice combs, good luck with the on-line shop.

-- "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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McCoy's Woodworking

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#2 posted 02-05-2014 09:37 PM

Awesome! I’m pretty sure I need a couple of those!

-- "Well Done is better than Well Said." ~ Benjamin Franklin

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NinjaAssassin

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#3 posted 02-05-2014 10:19 PM

McCoy, that beard is majestic. I’m a ways away from that sort of glory.

-- - Billy

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BTimmons

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#4 posted 02-05-2014 10:33 PM

Majestic is right. I’ll never be entirely clean shaven, but I don’t think I could pull off that look.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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tefinn

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#5 posted 02-05-2014 11:21 PM

These are pretty cool Brian. Think of the marketing possibilities. Duck Dynasty and ZZ Top for starters.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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McCoy's Woodworking

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#6 posted 02-05-2014 11:29 PM

I didn’t make them, I just think they’re awesome.

-- "Well Done is better than Well Said." ~ Benjamin Franklin

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#7 posted 02-06-2014 09:55 AM

Great adaptaion Brian! When you say ‘no film finish’ do you mean you didn’t put BLO on these? Do you use any kind of polishing compound? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Roger

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#8 posted 02-06-2014 01:07 PM

Ditto what McCoy said:

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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NinjaAssassin

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#9 posted 02-06-2014 01:14 PM

Sorry, BTimmons. Apparently only shared my opinion of your work via thoughts. They’re really nice looking. Do you sell these?

Roger and McCoy clearly the wisest among us. You can always trust that a man with a big beard knows what he’s talking about.

-- - Billy

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McCoy's Woodworking

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#10 posted 02-06-2014 01:22 PM

Well, it’s official, Roger wins.

-- "Well Done is better than Well Said." ~ Benjamin Franklin

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BTimmons

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#11 posted 02-06-2014 04:21 PM

Candy - No BLO on these. They’ve been sanded to 180 and then I hit them with the Beall Wood Buff, which I just bought and got to try out on these. It’s an amazing system! It doesn’t apply or build up a finish, all it does is actually polish the fibers of the wood itself. For small items like these, I can’t imagine using anything else, and the appearance it leaves is really exceptional.

NinjaAssassin - I do plan to sell these very soon! I’m starting to make these in quantity and I’m shooting to open a store on Etsy.com within a few weeks. Of course, the temperature in my corner of Texas is about 3 degrees Fahrenheit at the moment, so any shop time is pretty much out of the question for now. Darn it.

Some really impressive beards around here.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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BTimmons

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#12 posted 02-06-2014 04:33 PM

I should also mention that after I do the rough shaping on the belt sander, I use a sanding mop like this to clean things up. No way I’d be patient enough to work around all these curves, nooks and crannies by hand! The “fingers” of the mop bend around curves and get deep down between the teeth of the combs and do all that work for me.

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I’ve made a couple of these, in 180 and 400 grit. But using the Beall buff, I don’t even need to do any sanding beyond 180. The buffing does all the rest quickly, and takes the wood to a mirror finish in seconds.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#13 posted 02-06-2014 05:57 PM

Those are real nice and should be good sellers.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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lanwater

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#14 posted 02-06-2014 07:12 PM

These look great and definitely handy.

I have been toying with the idea of a beard on and off… Who knows, I might be needing one.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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kiefer

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#15 posted 02-08-2014 04:08 AM

The selection gets larger and they are getting nice and nicer with every batch .
I really like the designs and wood combinations .

-- Kiefer 松

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