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Jan 24th, 2006 at 12:16pm
 
After all these bow questions, I've found out I wanna make one.

Here are the questions:

How thick should it be at the thickest exept the handle?
How wide should it be at the widest part, and at the end?
How do you do it at the end where the string is tied?
How long should it be (I'm about 165 cm high)?
Does it matter if it is those things after branches on the wood used?

I'll be happy if these questions are answered  Smiley

And also, arrows, how do you do that?

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Reply #1 - Jan 24th, 2006 at 3:10pm
 
depends on the wood. if you're going with a white hardwood

3/4 in before tillering

as wide as you want... 1 1/4 in for lighter bows 1 1/2 for 50ish # bows and two inches or two and a half for really high draw weights

Make two notches on either side with a file, knife,  or dremel

first bow is recommened to be pretty long 68" or longer is easier to make than a shorter bow

if by 'knots' in the wood, then yes it does. no knots, the bow will break.

http://www.angelfire.com/magic/jawge/boardbowbuildalong.html
http://residents.bowhunting.net/sticknstring/brdbows2.html#choosing

those are the bible, if you don't want to spend any money... also check out the other threads on this site to answer a lot of questions. good luck
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Reply #2 - Jan 24th, 2006 at 3:17pm
 
What sort of wood are you wanting to make it out of, what do you have available?
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Reply #3 - Jan 24th, 2006 at 5:30pm
 
How thick should it be at the thickest exept the handle?

If you are making a flatbow, then probably something like 3/8" thick. But always go thicker when roughing it out with a hatchet, bandsaw..

How wide should it be at the widest part, and at the end?

The tips should be about 1/2 to 3/8" wide, at the widest part, for a flatbow, it should be about 2" wide. Flatbows are generally 63 to 68" long. D-bows (bows with a square cross section and bend at the grip) are typically 1 1/4 to 1 1/2" wide, and 6 foot long.

How do you do it at the end where the string is tied?

Just cut a notch, take a file or pocketknife and cut a notch about 1/4" in, at a 45 degree angle from the side of the bow, and only cut on the side for the nock, not the back.


How long should it be (I'm about 165 cm high)?

If you are making a bow which works in the grip, then as tall as you are. If you are making a flatbow, then 66 to 68" will be fine. Not certain how long that is in centimeters.

Does it matter if it is those things after branches on the wood used

Yeah, try to get wood with as few knots as possible. Red oak boards at a hardware store are good to find knotless wood.

And also, arrows, how do you do that?

go to google, and type in george tsoukalas. He has a great website with instructions on bow and arrow making.
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Reply #4 - Jan 25th, 2006 at 10:38am
 
I'll get some white oak as soon as possible, red oak I haven't head about other that here really, but white oak is common here.
I might even have something in the barn (just to find it...).
Thanks for the help, this helped alot!  Smiley

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Edit: Bowstring where can I get that?
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Reply #5 - Jan 25th, 2006 at 12:25pm
 
from what i hear, white oak can make a very nice bow. my bowstring is a drawstring from the bag my ipod came in. i've been meaning to get something better but it works. Tongue Roll Eyes
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Reply #6 - Jan 25th, 2006 at 12:33pm
 
Ash is also a nice wood for bows, and I know you have it there. One of the ways to make bowstring is to make it yourself. Use either sinew or artificial sinew, and spin it together into a bowstring.
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Reply #7 - Jan 25th, 2006 at 1:50pm
 
You can buy bowstrings from many online stores and also you can make your own using sinew or flax and many other materials.
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Reply #8 - Jan 25th, 2006 at 3:24pm
 
Ash is common, but it isn't so easy to get other then for borning in the fireplace. Undecided
Someone told me that I could get bowstring in a store in the "city" (more like a big village with a couple of stores) nearby. Meanwhile I can use some nylon cord... Tongue

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Reply #9 - Jan 25th, 2006 at 11:13pm
 
nylon wont work very well. If you live in a rural area, then there likely is some livestock. Use the sinew from their legs/backs. You can also collect standing freshly dead nettle, and process that. Or you can use commercial flax, dacron, fastflight. You can even use a kind of fishing line called spiderwire.
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Reply #10 - Jan 25th, 2006 at 11:26pm
 
I've been meaning to make this for awhile. Looks good because you can use crappier wood.

http://www.primitiveways.com/cordage_backed_bow.html
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