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My New ERC bow
Mar 9th, 2013 at 9:51am
 
I decided I needed a 35 pound bow. I had a 50 inch piece of ERC in the garage, so I split it. I cut it about 4 months ago, and split it in half, then split it into 4ths for bows.
I then tillered it.. and put a nylon cable back on it. now its about 35 pounds, about 2.5 inches of string follow, and shoots pretty fast.
here are some pics-
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Click on them to see fullsize.

Shoots good...
Any comments?
-Squirrel
And yes, I am aware it looks like crud.
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Re: My New ERC bow
Reply #1 - Mar 10th, 2013 at 11:27pm
 
If it looks stupid but it works, it's not stupid.  If it looks great and it doesn't work, it's stupid.
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Re: My New ERC bow
Reply #2 - Mar 11th, 2013 at 2:24am
 
Bill Skinner wrote on Mar 10th, 2013 at 11:27pm:
If it looks stupid but it works, it's not stupid.  If it looks great and it doesn't work, it's stupid.

I tell people that- my stuff generally doesnt look good. but it works good.
I want it to look good, but if it works, that is the main concern.
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Re: My New ERC bow
Reply #3 - Mar 11th, 2013 at 8:52am
 
What Bill said, Working bows are the best kind.

Also, Full draw pics are the best.  Smiley

We can really help you out when we can see the true f/d curve, tiller wise.

I've never regreted 'cleaning up' a bow. Just take your knife and use it like a scraper along the belly and some of the back. It'll get rid of almost all the tool marks. Then add a little sanding and you are set.

Is the bark on?
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Re: My New ERC bow
Reply #4 - Mar 11th, 2013 at 4:08pm
 
Dan wrote on Mar 11th, 2013 at 8:52am:
Is the bark on?

Yes, the inner bark is on.. I might actually scrape it off. I will full-draw it... and take pics.... I dont have a simple way to weigh it, I just put a weight on the bowstring and draw it until the bow lifts the weight. you draw the full length.
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Reply #5 - Mar 12th, 2013 at 1:22pm
 
DO NOT SCRAPE THE INNER BARK OF!!!  The inner bark you are reffering to is sapwood, that is the elastic part of the bows' back, it's what is keeping the bow from breaking.  Always tiller on the belly side.
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Re: My New ERC bow
Reply #6 - Mar 12th, 2013 at 3:31pm
 
Bill Skinner wrote on Mar 12th, 2013 at 1:22pm:
DO NOT SCRAPE THE INNER BARK OF!!!  The inner bark you are reffering to is sapwood, that is the elastic part of the bows' back, it's what is keeping the bow from breaking.  Always tiller on the belly side.

No. I know what the sapwood is, and it is not what you are thinking. there is sapwood- it is a light, maple-ish color. There is heartwood- dark red-purple, some parts pink- medium hard, strong. there is inner bark- very, very fiberous, very soft, white, weak.
I did tiller only on the belly, ERC is supposedly weak in tension!
-Squirrel
Also, I cable-baked it!
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Reply #7 - Mar 13th, 2013 at 12:01am
 
squirrelslinger wrote on Mar 12th, 2013 at 3:31pm:
I cable-baked it!


Can I make cakes doing that?
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Reply #8 - Mar 13th, 2013 at 4:34pm
 
Thunder Chief wrote on Mar 13th, 2013 at 12:01am:
squirrelslinger wrote on Mar 12th, 2013 at 3:31pm:
I cable-baked it!


Can I make cakes doing that?

Sorry, I ment Cable-backed...
Stupid keys....
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Reply #9 - Mar 14th, 2013 at 12:10pm
 
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Reply #10 - Jun 1st, 2013 at 11:06pm
 
I like it. What is ERC??
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Reply #11 - Jun 1st, 2013 at 11:31pm
 

Eastern Red Cedar.
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Reply #12 - Jun 2nd, 2013 at 12:36am
 
Ahh, thanks David.
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Reply #13 - Jun 2nd, 2013 at 12:43am
 
I gave this bow to a young friend after repeatedly overdrawing it to see if it would go KA- BOOM. There was 3 knots in the back. One at mid limb, where I tore off a small branch, tearing the grain of the wood... and the other 2 much smaller, one in the handle, one in the tip.
I couldn't break it with the cable back, I drew it to 36" before I realized that I could put it to better use.
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Reply #14 - Jun 2nd, 2013 at 1:47am
 
So think about using a piece of that cedar for a crossbow like we talked about. Around here, cedar was commonly used for what's now called an 'Appalachian crossbow'. Google that if you haven't seen one before. Something to think about bro : )
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