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Reply #45 - Jun 6th, 2020 at 11:49pm
 
I'm going to start with 80 inches in length.  That will allow me to put that knot right in the center and cut off some rough spots on one end.  Hopefully having the limbs a little longer will also take some strain off them.

On the width I'm planning to have it at about 2.5" right off the handle, and then taper down to 1/2 an inch at the tips.  If I cut about an inch off one side of the board, it will put me at that 2.5 mark.  And it will also allow me to get the curve of the rings centered.

Once I start cutting wood away, I'll see if this board has any objections to that plan. Smiley
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Reply #46 - Jun 7th, 2020 at 11:53am
 
I love when the ring orientation  is good enough to “deboard” your board bow. What poundage are you going for Joe?
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Reply #47 - Jun 7th, 2020 at 12:29pm
 
No specific plans there.  I'm just hoping to keep it over the 30 lb. @ 28" mark.

Currently I'm still working on another project, so it will probably be a couple weeks before I'm able to get started on the bow.  But I'll definitely post images of the progress once I get going.
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Reply #48 - Jun 8th, 2020 at 5:52pm
 
I broke my 2nd one today. I was going for a 66in, using maple. Testing out the bend on it, and heard a low crack. So i went and finished it off. Right at the handle onto #3. But might be awhile, since i am busy with a huge project now.
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Reply #49 - Jun 8th, 2020 at 6:57pm
 
If it's in the handle, flatten out the back, Put a lot of glue in the crack, add a layer of wood, use a good wood glue.   

Give it at least 72 hours for the glue to set. 

Round off all the edges, then start wrapping.  I put down a coat of Gorilla glue and wrap at least a couple of inches past where the crack is.  I use twisted nylon line.  Once I have everything wrapped, I wet it and let the glue expand through the wrapping.  Sand lightly.

That should keep the crack from lifting.  Or maybe not.   Grin
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Reply #50 - Jun 9th, 2020 at 2:01pm
 
I couldn't see the crack, so iended up just pushing it further till it snapped. Its only my 2nd attempt at a bow, so still learning
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Reply #51 - Jun 9th, 2020 at 9:51pm
 
Gave up on the hemp fiber backing. The fibers are too short to be worth the bother, so I opted for packing tape. This roll is much stronger than the walmart packing tape. Maybe too strong for a little bow like this.
In this pic the tips are even, but there is a hinge and stiff area, which are gone now. Here I am at 20lbs @ 4" draw. Seems like I should get at least 4 mor inches draw, but think the tape is too strong and the wood is pine. Going for 5" @ 22 lbs.
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Reply #52 - Jun 9th, 2020 at 10:04pm
 
Is that the yard stick you were working with?  It looks so thick.
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Reply #53 - Jun 9th, 2020 at 10:54pm
 
It is two quarter inch sticks glued together.
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Reply #54 - Jun 11th, 2020 at 9:26pm
 
Just a very.little tillering left to do.
Bow weighs 4.5oz
Drawing 10" @ 22 lbs with a 2" brace. Going to raise brace to 3".
Immediate set 3/8" and 7/16".

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Reply #55 - Jun 11th, 2020 at 9:43pm
 
walter wrote on Jun 11th, 2020 at 9:26pm:
Just a very.little tillering left to do.
Bow weighs 4.5oz
Drawing 10" @ 22 lbs with a 2" brace. Going to raise brace to 3".
Immediate set 3/8" and 7/16".



Fantastic Walter. Really nice job. Any chance of seeing a video of it being shot?
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Reply #56 - Jun 11th, 2020 at 10:08pm
 
Agreed, fantastic!  And +1 on the request for a video.  That would be super cool if you're able to do one.  Smiley
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Reply #57 - Jun 11th, 2020 at 10:36pm
 
Can get the vid, but don't have a clue as to how to get it here Huh
Tech challenged, you bet. I just asked the LP, who was the SO until she promoted herself for reasons unknown to me, but her rambling answer  tells me she does not know either.
So, how do you do this?
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Reply #58 - Jun 11th, 2020 at 10:51pm
 
BTW, I am going to make some quarter inch dowel arrows for this little bow. I shot it three times with one of the LP,s arrows, which are for a 40 lb bow. They are more than a little too heavy.

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Reply #59 - Jun 12th, 2020 at 5:08am
 
That is awesome.!!!!!!
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