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!

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

    You are a brilliant man!!

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

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

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

    These are beautiful!

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

    Lovely - fun, simple, beautiful design!

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

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

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

    what a great idea! very Japanese rock garden.

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

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

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


  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?

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

    Fab-o as usual!

  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.

  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). :)

  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*

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

    What a great idea! Looks like fun.

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

    Ha! Beach combing!

  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??

  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.

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

    So much better than the usual plastic toys!

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