DIY Wooden Comb

DIY Wooden Comb @themerrythoughtIf you have any small pieces of hardwood from any past projects you’ve done, this project is the perfect way to use them up! I’ve read a few articles recently about  combs helping to keep your hair healthier (they’re gentler than burshes and help evenly distribute natural oils throughout your hair) and it inspired me to try to make my own!
DIY Wooden Comb @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Hardwood (3/8″ – 1/2″ thick)
-Tape Measure
-Scroll Saw
-Belt Sander
-Sandpaper (Several grades, coarse to fine)
-Grapeseed Oil

How to make it:
-Draw out the outline of your comb. Make a line to mark the end of the saw cuts and then measure out the spaces for the teeth. (If you want 1/8″ teeth and 1/8″ spaces, make a line every 3/16″.) Remember, teeth should follow the grain of the wood.
-I didn’t want to risk cutting my fingers off trying to figure out how to do this on a tablesaw, so I used a scroll saw to cut out the main shape and then and made cuts 1/16″ from each side of the lines made for the teeth. Which should leave you with a 1/8″ space.
-Use the belt sander to taper the teeth of the comb and round out the top.
-Use medium-coarse sandpaper to smooth out the comb and in between and around all of the teeth and then repeat with a finer sandpaper. This part will take a while.
-I finished my comb with grapeseed oil because it’s good for the wood and good for your skin!
DIY Wooden Comb @themerrythoughtDIY Wooden Comb @themerrythoughtDIY Wooden Comb @themerrythoughtI think one of these would make a pretty great stocking stuffer!

xo. Caitlin

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  • Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 10:47 am

    raeoflovefromberlin - really stunning comb – this DIY is a bit out of my league but I love it!

    rae of love from berlinReplyCancel

  • Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 11:02 am

    Marisa - Definitely a lovely gift, it’s simply beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 11:09 am

    kari - I’m impressed with your woodworking skills! Such precision!ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 1:39 pm

    honestly, b. - I love this! It is so beautiful and so much better for your hair. I always use wooden combs, and love the idea of making my own. My husband does a lot of wood working so I’m sure he has some scrap wood I can use! I also really like that you use grapeseed oil as a finish—what a perfect touch! Thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Friday, December 12, 2014 - 3:45 am

    writingmonique - This just looks perfect! So natural!ReplyCancel

  • Friday, December 12, 2014 - 9:59 pm

    Annabode. - This is so beautiful! Definitely saving this, I’d love to make these as gifts next Christmas (not enough time this year unfortunately!).ReplyCancel

  • Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 11:13 am

    Bridgette - Please say these are for sale…I need two of them in my life for me and my daughterReplyCancel

    • Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 9:51 pm

      Caitlin McGrath - Aww! They aren’t for sale. You should definitely try to make a few though!ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 3:53 pm

    Megan - Hi! This is beyond Cute!! If I could rate it I would give it a million stars haha. Any who… I was wondering if you remember what type of wood you used personally?? I’m pretty new at this stuff. Thanks :)ReplyCancel

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