Woodworking

DIY Resin And Wood Combs

wood beard comb

When my best friend Elisha from Pneumatic Addict came to visit my shed-shop a few weeks back, I knew I wanted to introduce her to the wild world of epoxy resin. So, we decided to create something fun for a friend and challenged each other to make DIY resin and wood combs! Even cooler, I got to put one of my favorite tool from Home Depot’s ProSpective program to the test, and can’t wait to tell you all about it!

How To Make Resin And Wood Combs

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

Want to see this build in action? Check it out on my YouTube channel!

Don’t forget to check out Elisha’s version as well!

My favorite thing about these resin and wood combs are how unique they are! Even though we made them in the same workshop, mine and Elisha’s designs are so different!

Want to see how we made these combs? Let’s do this!

What You’ll Need:

Tools
Table Saw
Miter Saw
Scroll Saw
RYOBI 18-Volt ONE+ Lithium-Ion Cordless Rotary Tool Kit
Planer (Optional)
DeWalt Drill/Driver Set
Sander/Sandpaper
Tape Measure

Materials
Choice Lumber
Deep Pour Epoxy
Melamine Shelving
Screws
Tyvek Tape
Food Safe/Organic Finish
Mixing Cups
Mixing Sticks
Rubber Gloves
Pigment Powder

The Steps:

1. Choose the lumber you’d like to use for this project and prep it by cutting it down to size. Elisha and I had to run our piece through the planer a few times to get it to the thickness we needed (but, this is optional).

2. After cutting your pieces to size, build a melamine mold for your resin pour. We did this by marking how big our pieces were and then cutting the melamine on the table saw to fit our pieces.

3. Next, prep your mold using Tyvek tape. This will help prevent the resin from sticking to the melamine.

4. After the mold has been prepped, attach all of the pieces together by pre-drilling holes and inserting screws.

5. Next, prep your wood pieces for the pour by thoroughly cleaning them. For this process, I used my RYOBI 18-Volt ONE+ Lithium-Ion Cordless Rotary Tool Kit. This thing rocks. It features 33 accessories, so there was easily something in reach anytime I needed a specialty bit.

6. Once your lumber and your molds have been prepped, it’s time to get ready for the pour! Use a vacuum to get rid of any debris leftover in the mold, and then seal up the edges using caulking.

7. Next, prep your epoxy resin by following the mixing directions on your particular bottle. Make sure to add some fun pigment and colors to your resin!

8. Then, insert your lumber into the molds and pour (one trick we found was to seal the piece with a thin coat of resin prior to pouring in order to keep bubbles from forming while the resin cures)!

9. After the resin cures, remove the piece from the mold by removing the screws first and then using a chisel to pull the melamine away from any tough spots. You may need to flatten your piece after this (but, using a planer is totally optional).

10. Next, sand your piece to the desired thickness of your comb.

11. Once your piece has been sanded and trimmed to its final size, use a stencil to figure out the shape in which you’d like to cut your combs. I attached my stencils using spray adhesive.

12. Next, cut your design. I used a scroll saw for mine!

13. Once the piece have been cut, bounce back to that epic RYOBI 18-Volt ONE+ Lithium-Ion Cordless Rotary Tool Kit to sand, shape, and fine-tune your combs. I bounced back and forth between sanding and engraving bits to get mine to their final shape.

Also, quick side note – I sanded for HOURS and this thing killed it. I was thoroughly impressed with the battery life, power, and performance of this tool.

14. After your pieces have been shaped, sand the piece to 400 grit (and don’t forget to wet sand as well to help polish the resin) and then finish with a food safe finish!

Now, get to brushing that hair (or beard) with your cool new comb!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I love working with epoxy resin and wood – there is just so much cool stuff that can be done with it. I mean, look how awesome these colors are!

If you like my version of these hair combs, make sure to check out Elisha’s version as well!

Want to save this project for later? Make sure to Pin It!

In the meantime, Happy DIY’ing!

I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in the promotional program described above (the “Program”). As a part of the Program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All expressed opinions and experiences are my own words. My post complies with the Word Of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.

Sam Raimondi

Sam is a full time psychologist and part time content creator from Long Island, New York.

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