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    Post by Todd the archer Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:56 pm

    Hi everyone, looking for ideas to cover up a flaw on a tiller of another crossbow I am building. It is the round knot hole near the center. It is about 3/4 to 7/8" diameter and maybe 1/4 to 3/8" deep.
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    Like to turn a negative into a positive some way. Perhaps a coin or scrimshawed piece of antler.
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    Post by Gnome Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:43 pm

    I'm a big proponent of "found art" so I like the idea of a coin better than something you would obviously need to put a lot of work into, like scrimshawed antler. I'm thinking a silver coin, just the right size to fit the knothole without hiding what it is. Looks like another Workingman's Crossbow? If I wasn't tripping over all my own crossbows already I'd place an order!
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    Post by chaz Sun Mar 17, 2013 4:25 pm

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    You may go to your local trophy/engraving shop and have a small brass medallion about that size engraved with an inscription of your choice ( limited only to your imagination ) and inlay in the knot. As for the experience on a very expensive front door ( the trim carpenter drilled a 1/2 inch hole that didn't belong there. on the interior), yet rather than replace the door, ( which I offered to do of course at no expense) the home owner challenged me with an alternative remedy. I went to the trophy shop and had a brass medallion made with the owner and his wife's name and year the house was built, thus, personalizing the house to them. He thought it was great and she loved it and it brought tears to her eyes. He told me years later that when visitors come to their home they all enjoy the medallion, but he hasn't the heart to tell them it hides a mistake. Now every house I build , at the finish I present the owners with a medallion. It only cost a few dollars and makes quite an impact.

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    Post by Gnome Sun Mar 17, 2013 4:43 pm

    Chaz, that's better yet! A maker's mark and maybe list a limited edition number? I don't know if Todd will run with that or not but I think I will. I recently decided to make public to my friends and family that I've named all of the weapons I've built for beautiful and interesting women I know. This came about because the dear friend whom I namesaked my first unit for died unexpectedly and prematurely, and I don't think that I ever mentioned it to her while she was alive. In case you're wondering, I will probably never name one for my wife, because my humble skills could never approach that level of perfection. Anyhow- brass plaques with the name inscribed, brilliant!
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    Post by ferdinand Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:20 pm

    Or u can go freaky and put an eye in?!
    If u are asked why u did it u can tell them it helps u to keep an eye on things.
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    Post by Todd the archer Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:59 pm

    Thanks for you ideas, I am leaning towards a coin. Would be neat if I could find one that features a crossbow or maybe a deer/stag.

    The eyeball seems a little too exotic to me, but I appriciate the suggestion.

    Yes Gnome, it is another working man's crossbow. Something about the utilatarian aspect that is appealing. For the person who see's it as a tool to be used and not just something pretty to hang on the wall.

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    Post by kenh Sun Mar 17, 2013 6:54 pm

    What about a nice brass inlay like those put on muzzleloading rifles. Or inlay a shape (diamond, circle, square) sawn from a slice of holly wood, which would look like ivory without the expense.
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    Post by Todd the archer Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:09 pm

    Interesting, clever idea with diamond shape to get away from the round and make it more purposeful shaped (Yeah, I meant to do that).

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    Post by Hotspur Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:59 pm

    I like the idea of etching and inlaying a medallion...maybe it pivots out of the way for your spare string?

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    Post by chaz Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:46 am

    How about a contrasting wood or metal in the simple shape of a medieval shield .

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    Post by chaz Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:59 am

    Should you use metal as in steel , how about a simple rust and oil finish so that it is there , but does not jump out at you and would be in line with the simple beauty of the stock,

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    Post by Rizzar Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:42 am

    You could simply make a dowel from the same dark wood (with the same or similar grain) and I´d bet it would not even be noticeable on a first look especially when you use a dark finish.

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    Post by Taxus Tue Mar 19, 2013 4:56 pm

    May need toning down for a working man's crossbow but you could try something along these lines..

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    Post by kenh Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:20 pm

    Could be done with drills and dowels of various sizes a saw and a bottle of wood glue.
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    Post by stoneagebowyer Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:11 am

    Todd, why not just leave that area alone, work on sanding it a bit, and incorporate it into the final design as is? These kinds of situations remind me of the Japanese concept of the controlled accident, where the final work is more pleasing than a "perfect" product.
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    Post by Todd the archer Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:29 am

    I just may do that, I think the Hopi indians did something thing like that with their pottery deliberately putting a flaw in believing the only God could be perfect.

    Also if someone else takes possession of it they have the option to personalize it the way they want.

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