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Sandblasting Ash

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by TimboZ, Mar 13, 2014.


  1. TimboZ

    TimboZ

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    I am thinking about sandblasting an Ash body for my next build. I want to get the warwick look.

    Any idea what to use for sandblasting media?
    glass, soda, walnut shell, ...etc
     
  2. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member

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    Good luck i tried it and the blasting material stuck in the swamp. Wasn't happy.
     
  3. LightGroove

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    If your thinking of this as a grain enhancer why not use a dark grain filler and then sand back the body a bit?
     
  4. Hopkins

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    You would want the least abrasive material possible. Walnut shell would probably be your best bet of the three.

    LightGroove, You cant get the look that he is talking about by staining and sanding back. The sand blasting knocks down the softer grain and leaves the harder part standing proud. It is a really neat look

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  6. LightGroove

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    I see...thanks for the clarification.
     
  7. TimboZ

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    Thats the look I would like to end up with.
    Heading to Harbor Freight today (closest one is about 80 miles away) to pick up 25# of fine Walnut Shell media.
     
  8. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member

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    cool do all the stores carry it? Never been to one and i just fond out there is one near me
     
  9. TimboZ

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    I will let you know it they have it.
    If you do go to one do a google search for coupons. you can always find a 20% off one.
     
  10. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member

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    Thanks
     
  11. Ironfingers

    Ironfingers Supporting Member

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    Please let us know how it goes. I've also been interested in this process for a build I'm planning.

    Tom, what blasting material did you use that stuck in the body?
     
  12. Larry Davis

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    This is an old savvy wood worker/turner trick providing sweet aesthetics. Knife maker Chris Reeves did a run of ash handles this way and it's in my plans to do this with wenge.
     
  13. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member

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    I am sorry it was several years ago so I am not sure but I believe it was Walnut shells
     

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