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Offline joegraham

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Reinforced tips
« on: October 04, 2019, 12:29:02 AM »
I've read that in order to use low stretch strings on any bow I make I've got to reinforce the tips.  What exactly does that mean?

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Re: Reinforced tips
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2019, 05:04:23 AM »
Especially for an all wood bow, the tips need to be stronger.

So we add an overlay the last 1.5 inches or so of horn, antler, glass, etc.

But even glass bows have the ends of the limbs built up.

Look at the bows in here or on powwow and take notice of the tips.

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Re: Reinforced tips
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2019, 07:08:27 AM »
If you don't reinforce the tips, you run the risk of the string actually cutting into the wood of the tips and weakening them significantly.  If that happens you may have to shorten the bow and reinforce the new tips!
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Re: Reinforced tips
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2019, 09:50:08 AM »
Everything said so far is true. But that's assuming because you are using FF material, the string will be skinny. If you build up the loops, or make a fat string, you might not need to reinforce the tips.
I shoot unreinforced tipped bows, with 24-28 strand 452X without issue. Granted these are ASL's which are thicker at the tips than the speedster Bows most here are making and they don't slam home as hard either.

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Re: Reinforced tips
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2019, 12:40:56 PM »
I'm building limbs with a bocote core and fiberglass. On the back of the tips I use a three layer sandwich of ebony and bocote. On the belly of the tip I use a layer of ebony for the string groove.  My concern is that in all of those layers the grain is running in the same direction.  Should I be running some of the grain across, or using some material that is reinforced in both directions?

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Re: Reinforced tips
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2019, 05:01:57 PM »
You will be fine.

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Re: Reinforced tips
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2019, 09:13:40 PM »
Weak strings - good strings...…..yada, yada,yada never the less its nice to have good strong tips protecting them when hitting the ground,  bumping stuff etc.

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Re: Reinforced tips
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2019, 09:48:51 PM »
Also another important thing is the shape of the string groove nice smooth rounded transition to the belly. if you was to cut the tip off right thru the string groove it should be tear drop shaped to the belly.
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Re: Reinforced tips
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2019, 01:09:06 PM »
I had a brand new PSE recurve and the string broke on release because the string groove had a sharp edge cutting into the string.  Luckily the bow was not damaged.

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Re: Reinforced tips
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2019, 02:01:34 PM »
Flem, you recommended building up the loops.  Would you ever serve the loops?

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Re: Reinforced tips
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2019, 02:35:18 PM »
I would add extra strands to the loops, rather than serving them. Thats for a flemish twist. I believe the folks that make endless loop strings add serving out of necessity.

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Re: Reinforced tips
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2019, 10:25:13 PM »
Back in the day when I shot the other kind of bow PSE stood for Parts Scattered Everywhere.  :laughing:
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Re: Reinforced tips
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2019, 04:41:01 AM »
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Re: Reinforced tips
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2019, 03:16:53 PM »
I have a few selfbows that were given to me with FF type strings and they don't have tip overlays. I think FF strings affect all wood bows less that FG bows but that is only my take on it.
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Re: Reinforced tips
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2019, 08:35:13 PM »
Back in the day when I shot the other kind of bow PSE stood for Parts Scattered Everywhere.  :laughing:
How long ago was that,  about 40 years.  Had 2 PSE bows never had them break.   Just about everything that is mass produced has problems,  just ask GM, Toyota,  Ford etc...etc..  Although not saying that PSE bows are the best bang for your buck.
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Re: Reinforced tips
« Reply #15 on: October 06, 2019, 09:33:04 PM »
I have a few selfbows that were given to me with FF type strings and they don't have tip overlays. I think FF strings affect all wood bows less that FG bows but that is only my take on it.

I see those guy's twisting short pieces of B-50 in the loops of FF strings at the classic while you are over there at THAT table. :laughing:
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Re: Reinforced tips
« Reply #16 on: October 07, 2019, 11:33:59 AM »
Here are a few pics of an osage selfbow that Dano(Dan Grens) sent me a few years ago with FF type string(note no packing) and no tip overlays.


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Re: Reinforced tips
« Reply #17 on: October 08, 2019, 04:34:23 AM »
I like the string keeper - if that's what it is. I've never seen one like that before.
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Re: Reinforced tips
« Reply #18 on: October 08, 2019, 03:39:15 PM »
Yep, it's a string keeper.
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