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Feb 24th, 2019 at 6:23pm
 
My first attempt. 70 1/2" n to n oak board bow. Tips are bending 5" with 30 lbs pull; ready to string @ 4" high with full draw weight of 50 lbs. I hope Cheesy
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Reply #1 - Feb 27th, 2019 at 2:49pm
 
Looks good.  I like your tillering tree setup.  Smiley

One of my first bows was a board bow of red oak.  I ended up taking way too much off and it came out at about 23 lb @ 28".  I still have it and shoot it every once in a while.  It's fun because as you back away from the target, you really need to arc your shots.

Looking forward to see how your bow comes along.
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Reply #2 - Feb 28th, 2019 at 10:26am
 
I need to have a go at making a bow. I'm particularly liking the videos made by Mick Grewcock:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr_zw4hK5YIIcE59-iymfxg

He's really good at making his videos informative and entertaining.
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Reply #3 - Feb 28th, 2019 at 2:01pm
 
Kick wrote on Feb 28th, 2019 at 10:26am:
I'm particularly liking the videos made by Mick Grewcock


I watch his videos for the shooting I like the high draw weights. For bow making, the traditional bowyers bibles are just the best thing you can spend time on.
I don't do archery Sad don't have a place yet. so nowadays I try to figure out anchor points, form and aiming methods.
I can't find a video to explain how to draw and aim heavy poundage warbows (don't want to hurt my slinger's shoulders) . any suggestions?  Huh

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are you backing the bow?
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Reply #4 - Feb 28th, 2019 at 3:02pm
 
I haven't seen any of Mick's videos before.  I'll check them out.

Sarosh wrote on Feb 28th, 2019 at 2:01pm:
the traditional bowyers bibles are just the best thing you can spend time on

^^^Totally agree with this.  Although I would says it's good to have a basic knowledge of bow making beforehand.  Some of the information can get a little hard to follow.

Another of my favorite bow making resources is a DVD you can find here: http://www.osageorange.com/.  He also has it listed on ebay.  It's a little pricey, but the detail it goes into is great.

@Sarosh, I haven't heard anything on heavier draw weights other than you have to work yourself up to them.  Like any other kind of weight training, you need time to build up the strength of your muscles, tendons, etc.  Once you're comfortable at a particular weight, you can increase it a bit.  One thing you can do with a bow that's a little heavier than you're used to is shorten up your draw length while your strength builds.
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Reply #5 - Feb 28th, 2019 at 5:20pm
 
I'm not going to back it.  I do want to shorten it a couple inches as there is zero set so far and a 72" bow (tip to tip) is really a loongbow  Cheesy
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Reply #6 - Mar 1st, 2019 at 1:05am
 
I've had a go at a few primitive bows , morphy knows all to much .
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Reply #7 - Mar 1st, 2019 at 2:15am
 
build alongs might be a better help for a beginner but after 1 or 2 working bows i think it's a good time to read TBB vol1.
I started bow making after reading this http://poorfolkbows.com/oak.htm
my experience with fiberglass : don't ever use that again on a bow.

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Reply #8 - Mar 3rd, 2019 at 5:16pm
 
50lbs @ 22". I made a 3 ply 15 strand b50 string for it.  Forgot how much b50 stretches. A couple more times on the tiller and I think it will be done.
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Reply #9 - Mar 5th, 2019 at 4:11am
 
Nice Walter. Is this your first ever bow or just your first board bow?
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Reply #10 - Mar 5th, 2019 at 7:30am
 
First ever. Decided that 50lbs is still a little heavy for me.  Now shooting for 45@29". By the time the bow was pulling 50lbs @ 20", it had 3/4" of string follow (set?) measured  immediately after unbracing the bow at the tips. Hoping the bow  doesn't end up a 45lb bow with 50lb sf Undecided
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Reply #11 - Mar 13th, 2019 at 8:01pm
 
Got to spend about an hour  on my bow today. It is pulling 45# @ 24" now.  Bought another scale. They all lie, so now I check the weight on all 3 and divide by?  Huh   Grin
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Reply #12 - Mar 14th, 2019 at 11:58am
 
lol can't you just adjust one? Tongue
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Reply #13 - Mar 14th, 2019 at 12:15pm
 
Do you have anything of a known weight to check your scales and see which one is the most accurate?

What kind of scale are you using?  I use something similar to this: https://www.amazon.com/American-Weigh-AMW-LS-110-Digital-LuGGaGe/dp/B00OVLH548
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Reply #14 - Mar 14th, 2019 at 8:11pm
 
Sarosh, yes. It's called a hammer Smiley

Joe, two say 2 gallons of water weigh 16 lbs, but they loose it past 30lbs. Went to walmart and bought a six dollar luggage scale. It is reasonably accurate. I am also using my other inexpensive spring scale to average out the weigt. The costly digital scale reads what it wants when it wants. .

I can already tiller a bow (for me) by feel. If I can draw it 28" for hours at a time, it's just right Smiley
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