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My First Bow!! (Update)
Jan 9th, 2006 at 7:08pm
 
Here's my first bow! Sorry for the low quality. I'll update later when I can get my hands on something other than a webcam...

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It's kind of at an angle, the tiller isn't quite that bad. I still need to finish it. I used a 1" x 2" (which was more like 3/4" x 1 1/2", but whatever). My best calculations says it pulls somewhere above 45lbs, and might trim the ends off an inch or so to get a bit more power. It's about 60" long unstringed. I basically measured the board off at my chin, then cut it and glued the cutting into the middle with some high-strength apoxy.

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  • Handsaw w/ miter box
  • small plane
  • wood rasp
  • carving knife
  • sandpaper


Cost about $6 and took about 6 hours to make (off and on, maybe a bit more).

So what do you all think?  Smiley
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Reply #1 - Jan 9th, 2006 at 7:23pm
 
Very nice. I have you put a finish on it yet?
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Reply #2 - Jan 9th, 2006 at 7:32pm
 
Well, nevermind to this post. It just broke on the tillering stick.

Sad  Sad  Sad

It broke in two places, though, which I guess means it was pretty even, at least. Perhaps I overdid it trying to make sure it was perfect. Bah.

Before it broke, I sawed a knock into a dowel and fired it into a stump. Very straight flight, even though it was just a dowel. It worked pretty well.
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Reply #3 - Jan 9th, 2006 at 7:38pm
 
Sorry to hear that  Embarrassed  Welcome to the world of bows! Grin
It gets rather addicting....
Here is a pic of my little bow
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Reply #4 - Jan 9th, 2006 at 7:39pm
 
If you can get a piece of osage it is well worth it. Roll Eyes
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Reply #5 - Jan 9th, 2006 at 7:44pm
 
Wow, that's a nice looking one! Did you paint it by hand? What sort of bow is it? What are it's dimensions?

Yeah, I know how it becomes addictive. I was just about to run off to the hardware store right now and get another peice of wood or four.  Tongue
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Reply #6 - Jan 9th, 2006 at 7:49pm
 
Thanks! Yep its hand painted.
  hickory is also very forgiving bow wood.  Have you read the bowyers bibles?
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Reply #7 - Jan 9th, 2006 at 8:03pm
 
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What sort of bow is it? What are it's dimensions?

the demensions are 44" nock to nock, 2 1/16 wide about 3/8" thick in the flat.  I can only can pull it back 20" and thats around 60#.    The length of the limb limits how far I can draw it back.   As far as the design its a holmgaurd westcoast (made up) bow Grin.  It was going to be a proper length, but it had some serious growth ring separations that made it short and for one of the tips to be that thin.
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Reply #8 - Jan 10th, 2006 at 1:06pm
 
It looked good ! Don't be discouraged , they say it'll go easiser the second time around . The third faster yet  Smiley
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Reply #9 - Jan 10th, 2006 at 1:41pm
 
Well, technically this is my second bow, but the first one broke when I was trying to string it for the first time. So this bow is actually the first one I got to work with. This one did go alot faster, though.

Thanks for all the encouragement, you guys!  Smiley
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Reply #10 - Jan 10th, 2006 at 6:57pm
 
Try again for sure. Cause that first one was very cool

Sweet bow Roy.
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Reply #11 - Jan 10th, 2006 at 8:21pm
 
I suggest you go to a hardware store, buy a 6 foot section of 1by2 red oak, and use that. The bow you had was too short and overstrained. Looks like it was stacking quite  a bit also. A longer bow will make it a whole lot easier to tiller, you will be able to make a higher poundage bow, and it will be much less likely to break.
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Reply #12 - Jan 10th, 2006 at 9:22pm
 
kkriegg, that is too bad. My first bow broke too. I did get a years worth of service out of it first though. Good bow but it was a  little ugly and over weight. Maybe like it maker.
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Reply #13 - Jan 10th, 2006 at 10:06pm
 
I'm sure Hellfire knows a ton more about bow making than me, but just a word of warning that if you buy your oak at a hardware store and it is surfaced on all four sides (S4S) you will "pay through the nose" for it. 

Find a lumber yard (if there is one in your area) that specialises in hardwoods.  Buy the wood there (rough) and make friends with people that have a nice wood shop. (Ones with a planer, jointer and tabelsaw.) Sometimes if they aren't busy you can slip the guy in the yard a couple of bucks and he'll plane it for ya.  Or perhaps you could use your schools/colleges equip instead. (If you are still in school or college)   

If you are REALLY ambitious and have at least a handplane you could also try to surface it by hand.  Its a hell of a workout as besides.
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Reply #14 - Jan 10th, 2006 at 11:30pm
 
It was red oak, and it was about 5' long that I used. I hand planed it all myself, and rasped the handle. I just got back from the hardware store and bought two more boards (there was probibly about 20-30 of them there) that were very straight grained.

What does stacking mean?
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