The crowning glory must always be kept clean and properly laid down so we always want to have a comb in our pockets. Because the usual size of combs is pocket-sized, we usually lose our combs along the way. Good thing to know that we can actually make our own combs at home, through recycling from the woods around us.
To help you save money and personalize your things, here are the 5 easy steps on how to make a wooden comb. Hope you enjoy this short and easy tutorial!
What you need:
- Walnut and Purple Heart, or Walnut and Mahogany (whichever is available)
- Crosscut sled
- Tablesaw with thin kerf blade (Alternative: Dovetail Saw)
- Sandpaper in different grades
- Belt or disc sander (if available)
How to make a wooden comb:
Choose a hardwood.
There are a lot of hardwoods that can be used in making a comb. The most used type is the mixture of walnut and purple heart, or walnut and mahogany. In case those types of hardwood are not available in your area, you may look up for the following alternatives: zebrawood, bird’s eye maple, rosewood, cocobolo, and teak.
Shape the hardwood and make evenly-spaced rabbets
Shape the wood according to the size and shape of wooden comb you would want to make. Also, make the spacing of the rabbets depending on your preference.
To be able to have perfect rabbets, use either a table saw with thin kerf blade or a dovetail saw. If you are confident with your hands that you think you can cut perfectly, you can use as simple as a hand saw.
Make fine prongs.
To be able to fine prongs requires a good sled. Cross cut sled is the most used type in making a wooden comb because it can make fine prongs without breaking the whole wood. To make evenly spaced comb, some would use nails or screw holes in the intersection of the rabbets as a guide.
To have fine screw holes, you can use pocket hole jigs to make it easier and well-shaped. You can check the best pocket hole jig here:
Glue the handle with the modified piece of wood.
You are almost done with your comb, so it is fine to glue the comb with the handle. Use all-purpose glue that can paste woods; you can easily find them in bookstores. After applying the glue, leave it for a while before proceeding to the final step.
Clean the corners, and polish the comb.
Use the different grades of sandpaper to clean the edges of your comb. If you want to fasten the cleansing, you can use either a belt or disc sandpaper. Check if the comb is good, and if it is, you can start putting polish on it to make it more vintage and classy.
To see if you are doing this properly, you can check this short video:
The Wooden comb is one of the things that can keep us remember our roots. Vintage combs are now on our hands, and materials are made accessible to us by our existing environment. Did you get the short tutorial? For inquiries and insights, speak your mind in the comment box below. Do not forget to share this article with your folks!