Wooden Sand Combs

We just got back from the beach today, and had a great time.  Before leaving, I quickly made a couple of sand combs for the kids to play with.  They added a nice and relaxing element to our sand playing.


  1. Make mine Mid-Century
    May 25, 2010 at 6:13 am

    How relaxingly brilliant!

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  2. Cassi
    May 25, 2010 at 7:03 am

    You are a brilliant man!!

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  3. barbara
    May 25, 2010 at 7:27 am

    It's never too early to introduce children to zen gardening...

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  4. lilla a
    May 25, 2010 at 8:50 am

    These are beautiful!

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  5. Kickcan and Conkers
    May 25, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Lovely - fun, simple, beautiful design!

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  6. naa
    May 25, 2010 at 10:21 am

    so nice!! Your inventions are always so amazing!!

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  7. Maggie
    May 25, 2010 at 10:40 am

    what a great idea! very Japanese rock garden.

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  8. naomi
    May 25, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    you do think of everything, don't you! these are brilliant.

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  9. amberlee
    May 25, 2010 at 1:25 pm


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  10. modernmaam
    May 25, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Oh these are pretty, Joel. What kind of wood is this? Are you finishing it in any way?

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  11. Catherine Hansen Peart
    May 25, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Fab-o as usual!

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  12. Joel Henriques
    May 25, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks everybody! I can't take credit for inventing these, but they sure are fun. And yes, never too young to enjoy a little zen gardening at the beach!

    modernmaam - The wood I used is just a thin plywood. You can find small sheets of it at lumber stores, and it cuts very easy, even with a hand coping saw. Then another secret ingredient (well it's not a secret) is an awesome food grade bees wax polish by Three BEEautiful Bees. I use it on almost all of my wood toys for kids. You can buy it here. One jar lasts a very long time, and you can just rub it on with your fingers (It's great for the skin too.) and it seals the wood very well.

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  13. un hamac
    May 25, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    so great! the artful things you do for your kids remind me of a simpler craftiness my mom had raising us. now as an adult i am very thankful for it and i feel equipped with a small and special creative ability i probably wouldn't have otherwise (particularly when it comes to toothpicks). :)

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  14. modernmaam
    May 27, 2010 at 3:32 am

    eek! Thanks so much! they have some other cute stuff too! *making notes for future babes*

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  15. Erin
    May 28, 2010 at 12:55 am

    What a great idea! Looks like fun.

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  16. Flying Inn
    May 30, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Ha! Beach combing!

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  17. Mary Beth
    June 1, 2010 at 4:39 am

    Goodness, how fantastic! Awesome that you can just whip these up! Do you use a jigsaw??

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  18. Joel Henriques
    June 1, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Thanks everyone!

    Mary Beth - I have an old electric scroll saw. It's great for little things like these. They took about 2 minutes each to cut out. Then I sanded them etc. But yeah, it's nice to have a little saw like that. You can find them used for $25 quite often.

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  19. Claire
    June 2, 2010 at 5:38 am

    So much better than the usual plastic toys!

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    February 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Great post! When I read your article, I really agree with you about this. I hope you will share more with us. Thank you!

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  26. April 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing it.

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