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Did-It-Myself Combs!

They’re all done :)

The ‘how to’ is HERE

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I’m happy with how they turned out!

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I even managed to get the handles on a slight (and shockingly almost uniform) slant even though I was working with the drill freehand, LOL.

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I think I love tool making almost as much as knitting – maybe more!

Have a great day, my spinning wheel is calling…

The Second Set

I wanted to try to make another set of wool combs.

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This time, I used some scrap needleword framing wood (no idea what type but it seems really light) with bamboo handles (from the dollar store wooden spoons) and again the 3.5 inch finishing nails but I bent them this time.

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LOL, not easy but possible. I used a large wrench, a set of pliers and traced the original on paper to match the rest with.

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I used the 5 minute epoxy again and left them to set for almost 24 hours.

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They seem to work a bit better than my first set because of the curved ends. Really happy with them!

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Since I Don’t Have An Extra $120

I’m working on building my own wool combs!

After much research (looking at wool combs on the net, different styles and types) and after reading these instructions , generously provided by a like minded soul —

There was the first attempt…

I tried using some old pine I found in the basement but it was too weak and tended to crack along the lines of nails – not to mention that this is my very FIRST time using a drill, lol, so there was a lot of learning to drill straight!

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Not really very pretty. I scrapped the first few.

I regrouped. So far I had spent zero dollars since I got the nails (3.5 inch finishing nails) at Canadian Tire with Canadian Tire money (love that) and didn’t want to spend a lot on wood.

So! My husband and I decided to check the dollar store and found these lovely things…

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5 minute epoxy – $1
2 4″ paintbrushes – $2 (I’m thinking these are fabulous candidates for comb-i-fying, great handles, great width and I think I can drill through the metal sleeve which I’m thinking will help support the wood. We’ll see!)
4 bamboo sets of utensils – $4 (The spoons will go in the kitchen and the spatulas are what I wanted for the first set of combs)

So, I’ve spent $7 (and I have four new wooden spoons) in total!!! Very exciting, lol.

Ok, and a day and half but I’d be knitting anyways :)

Here are some pictures as it went…

I drilled holes with centres approx 1/4 inch apart and a second offset row about a 1/4 inch away, in two of the spatulas (sanded it down when it was done but the bamboo drills beautifully)…

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I fitted the third and fourth spatulas to fit underneath the nail heads, held by epoxy (maybe I should have added screws, we’ll see in time). First I used a larger bit to make halfway holes that the heads of the nails could sit in. I clamped the two pieces together and marked the holes first.

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I then fitted the nails into the holes, cut the handles off the third and fourth (backing) spatulas, on the marked lines, and mixed the epoxy in an old cup. I spread a thick layer of epoxy onto the nail heads and their side of the first and second spatulas and fitted the backs on. I could have done a better job but I’m giving myself high marks for a first try :)

Now they’re clamped and drying for a bit…

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See the holes on the far one? I got a little excited it was going so well and drilled a little too far on that backing :) I’m thinking it will fill in nicely later with putty, if I want to go that far.

And VOILA! The finished combs, yet to be tested on actual fibre…

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I may yet get fancy and use the sander to smooth them out around the joined edges – maybe even stain them :)

Next up…the paint brush wool comb project :)