Harmonica case #3: commissioned harmonica case - grouting the brick

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Blog entry by gurnie posted 08-03-2011 06:38 PM 1957 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Part 2: How to make wood look like brick Part 3 of Harmonica case series Part 4: How to grout wood »

So it took me two weeks to chisel out the bloodwood to make it look like patterned brick (you know, doing some here and there not to drive myself crazy). Then i mixed glue with maple dust and grouted the piece. Then it was sanded with a sander. here’s the results.

I think the next thing to do is glue up the box and then shape the legs. I am a bit afraid that applying a finish will darken the grout, hopefully it won’t be too much.

Whatdaya think?

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#1 posted 08-03-2011 10:20 PM

I must say that it looks gorgeous and I have no criticism to make, only praises! How is Bloodwood to carve? I just picked up a couple of Bloodwood boards about 5’ long for $20. from a guy selling his deceased dad’s things. I thought it was a steal cause he also threw in a few pieces of Beech wood and a walnut plank about 7 ft long x 8” wide.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 08-03-2011 10:29 PM

it’s a bit of a PITA, but that’s because i used a chisel to do it. I sharpened once during this carving and i was ready to sharpen again at the end of creating the wall.

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#3 posted 08-04-2011 03:19 AM

A water based poly like Polycrylic from Min Wax wont darken your ‘grout’ at all. Very cool project!!!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 08-04-2011 07:51 AM

Great Project and Blog Miss G!!
As a Harp player from way back, and a Box maker, I strongly approve!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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