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    Much better!

    A while back I Posted a saw I resharpened that needed a new tote.
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    My first attempt failed while chopping the mortise.
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    Chose another piece of hard maple from my cut-off pile.
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    This is what I ended up with. Notice how the grain changes direction. Don't notice how I got the screws backwards.
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    The other side. The color change was not apparent until I put the BLO on.
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    A shot from the bottom.
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    And one from the top.
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    This pic shows how the view angle changes the appearance of the wood. Chatoyance (sp?) is a wonderful thing.
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    The fit is great, the wood beautiful, I'm a happy man (except for the grease under my fingernails).
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    I'll add this to my other rescues.
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    Comments, criticism, more than welcome. Thanks for looking.
    Victor

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    Wow, that is a great looking tote Victor. Will have to file that away for one that I have that could use a new handle when I have time.
    Darren

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    Thats sure nice work..

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    Very nice work Victor. I too will have to file this one away.
    cheers

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    That is amazing. I wonder though, how much strength is sacrificed by it being open versus a closed loop?
    Guess I am used to dull saws that require to much pushing and pulling!
    Excellent work, guys with big hands could make their own personal fit/size for more comfortable work. Very interesting.
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    well done victor,, looks like yur gettun purty fancy on this last one all the curly cues and all..and the others look like they are comfy next to each other
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    The grain is really special. Nice work
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    Great job Victor, I'm sure that it fits your hand perfectly, a thing that I can't say about my bought saws, they have hump on the back smaller that yours and they don't feel good in my hand, in fact I've been thinking about modifying them but I don't dare to.

    I like very much the handle of the middle one in the last pic. Looks really cool and comfortable.

    Thanks for posting them.
    Best regards,
    Toni

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    Thanks for the compliments everybody. I enjoyed making all three totes. Jonathan, after the first failure, which I had free drawn on the wood (not very well I might say), I figured I should see if I could find a template on line. Got to looking at some very fine old saws and picked the one shown. I've never owned or used an open handled saw but I liked the shape. When I glued the picture to the wood I was careful of the grain direction such that I took advantage of the curve around that knot that you can see. Hopefully it will be plenty strong but it's just a small dovetail saw and I don't expect it will see any heavy use.

    Toni, that big hump in the palm is a result of the board being thinner than then the others. It started out about 4/4 but I suffered some pretty bad tearout that I subsequently had to remove. The other two totes are nice and fat and rounded. Like me!
    Victor

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