I have been researching wool combs on the net (and apart from seeming really difficult to find) – they also seem to be very expensive (as in $200+ expensive). Now, as a newcomer to spinning, I don’t have that kind of money to go throwing around, especially when I really don’t know what I’m talking about yet 🙂
So, this afternoon after work I decided to have a go at making my own wool comb. Note that this is a prototype – I haven’t been able to try it out yet…
It’s made out of scrap timber that was lying around – but I plan on making a prototype 2 when I have a little more time and will use a better quality timber that won’t split when drilled.
I used an epoxy glue which will take at least a day to dry properly, so I will post an update when I have had a chance to try them out. Also, i’ll post an update very soon about the results of my wool washing experiments – they were very successful! 🙂
- Timber (approx 2 x 8cm and at least 20cm long)
- Nails (approx 6cm long)
- Timber hand saw
- Right-angle rule
- Punch & Hammer (used for marking wood before drilling)
- Drill with drill bits to match the size of the nails
- Cut the timber base to size using saw (approx 2x8x10cm)
- Mark a line along the top of the 10cm edge (approx 1.5-2cm in from the edge) using your pencil.
- Use the punch and hammer to make small indents along this line (spaced about 1cm apart) – this will stop the drill from slipping when you begin to drill holes.
- Choose a drill bit that is approx the same size as the diameter as your nails and drill even holes along the line.
- Make sure the nails fit into the holes – it should be a snug fit.
- Using your adhesive, glue the nails into place – follow instructions on glue packet on drying times