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    Handle/knob selection for bowsaw

    Hi gang,
    I finished making (2) sets of handles/knobs for the bowsaw (along with the toggles) I'm making for my buddy and wanted to get some feedback on them from y'all.





    I turned one set from Cherry and the other from Walnut. I know my buddy likes both. However, just be be different I went and Ebonized the walnut using a mix of steel wool and vinegar. The finish on all items is multiple layers of garnet shellac and a coat of wax.

    I think the ebonized walnut will look awesome because of the contrast. But I know that once the cherry ages it will also provide a nice contrast. I can't really ask my friend without spoiling the surprise. So some input would be appreciated.

    I'm supposed to bring this bowsaw with me when I go over to his house on Saturday. Decisions, decisions, decisions!
    See ya around,
    Dominic

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    I vote for the ebonized walnut. Like you I think the contrast will be great! As always, very nice work Dominic.

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    Dominic...Let him choose when you bring it over...send me the other one

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    My vote is for the ebonized walnut ones. The contrast would be awesome.
    cheers

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    Dom,

    I concur with what looks to be the majority. The added contrast of the ebonized walnut is striking. Good job on both.

    Regards,
    Lee Laird
    Austin TX

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    I like the Walnut not just because of the color I also like the size. In the pic it looks a little smaller.
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    You could paint them, yes, PAINT them PINK and I'd be happy with them

    I think they both look great, the ebonized one would be my pick, if I had one
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    Fancy handles on common working tools.
    Seems a contradiction.
    Go for the ebonized.

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    Thanks! choice has been made

    Thanks for all the input everyone. I appreciate the responses.

    While a tally of the "votes" (here and on another ww'ing forum) clearly indicates a preference toward the walnut I've decided to use the cherry knobs.

    During a discussion today I learned that my friend favors cherry. So I guessed that gives me an idea what he'd like.
    See ya around,
    Dominic

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