|Project by BTimmons||posted 02-26-2014 05:11 PM||1517 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
After a few previous attempts (which can be seen in my earlier projects), I think I’ve settled on a design that I really like. I decided to forgo the buttons on the grip, in favor of a more sleek, minimalist approach. Higher resolution images can be seen here. In particular, I’m pretty proud of the hand filing between the bases of the teeth, and how I’m able to get better results quicker the more I practice.
One big thing I did differently is that the splines aren’t flat, but rather flare out towards the back. It makes for a nice comfortable grip that feels great in the hand. Of course it also makes the comb extremely strong and resistant to flexing. The profile on the teeth is also more refined. I used a triangular file in between all the teeth to make them ever so slightly more rounded, rather than completely square in cross section at the tips.
And while I previously had doubts about whether I liked cherry on account of its plain appearance, the rosewood makes for a beautiful contrast, and I think that they work really well together. I’ll undoubtedly try a few more combinations, but this one is definitely a keeper.
Teeth are cut on a table saw jig, then profile sanding is done on a belt sander, followed by sanding mops chucked in the drill press, in 180 and 400 grit. Earlier I had used boiled linseed oil for finishing, which didn’t do much besides make the cherry dull and somewhat blotchy. But here I went straight to my new Beall buffing wheels. So this is finished with a friction polish alone, with a quick buff of carnauba wax. I have to say, it feels amazing in the hand and in the hair of course! I’ve been testing it on my rough-and-tumble four year old daughter’s long hair, and even the toughest tangles don’t stand a chance. I used to struggle to get the knots out of her hair, but now it’s like bringing a machine gun to a knife fight.
I’ve made three like this one so far, with blanks to make nine more in the next couple days. Pretty soon I’ll be able to open up on Etsy and start selling!
Thanks for looking, everyone.
-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com