Making your own wool comb – prototype 1

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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…

Wool Comb Prototype 1 Finished

Wool Comb Prototype 1 Finished

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Materials

  • Timber (approx 2 x 8cm and at least 20cm long)
  • Nails (approx 6cm long)
  • Glue/Adhesive

Tools

  • Timber hand saw
  • Right-angle rule
  • Pencil
  • Punch & Hammer (used for marking wood before drilling)
  • Drill with drill bits to match the size of the nails
  • Sandpaper

Method

Preparing the begin working on the combs

Preparing the begin working on the combs

  1. Cut the timber base to size using saw (approx 2x8x10cm)

    Using the timber saw to cut the comb base to size

    Using the timber saw to cut the comb base to size

  2. Mark a line along the top of the 10cm edge (approx 1.5-2cm in from the edge) using your pencil.
  3. 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.
  4. Choose a drill bit that is approx the same size as the diameter as your nails and drill even holes along the line.
  5. Make sure the nails fit into the holes – it should be a snug fit.

    Finished comb not yet glued together

    Finished comb not yet glued together

  6. Using your adhesive, glue the nails into place – follow instructions on glue packet on drying times

    Mixing and applying the epoxy

    Mixing and applying the epoxy

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2 thoughts on “Making your own wool comb – prototype 1

  1. You’ll get more joy out of using these wool combs than you would have if you bought them. I can’t wait to hear and see pics of the wool washing. If you can’t tell, I’m living vicariously through you!

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