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Offline fletcharrows

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Yew/Glass Bow Buildalong
« on: September 25, 2004, 12:44:00 AM »
I'm wondering if there many folks here that might like to participate in a buildalong? I've seen lots of questions lately about how to build glass backed bows and I thought it might be nice to share the construction of a bow from beginning to the bitter or sweet end. If there are a few that would like to do this, I will start the buildalong tomorrow. Let me know.

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Offline Roughcountry

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Re: Yew/Glass Bow Buildalong
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2004, 12:49:00 AM »
I'd sure watch.

Offline Terry Riley

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Re: Yew/Glass Bow Buildalong
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2004, 01:10:00 AM »
Mike,
     I'd really appreciate your time in doing a build along.

Terry

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Re: Yew/Glass Bow Buildalong
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2004, 05:28:00 AM »
Sounds good to me.
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Re: Yew/Glass Bow Buildalong
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2004, 07:55:00 AM »
Certainely. We can learn something new everyday.  John.
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Re: Yew/Glass Bow Buildalong
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2004, 10:01:00 AM »
Ditto, I'm sure I can learn a thing or two. Besides I always love to look at bows. Mike

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Re: Yew/Glass Bow Buildalong
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2004, 10:45:00 AM »
OK then - I am changing the name of the topic and getting started - I hope it all works out. Here are the particulars of the build:
The bow is a Hill style reflex longbow. More specifically, it is a St. Charles style bow in most respects. The bow will have 5 laminations of Yew plus glass and an all Yew riser.

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Re: Yew/Glass Bow Buildalong
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2004, 10:54:00 AM »
http://community.webshots.com/s/image21/2/73/31/191627331kZlsah_ph.jpg
 http://community.webshots.com/s/image16/1/97/19/191719719IKVRsq_ph.jpg
 http://community.webshots.com/s/image17/2/34/5/191723405AwsXHb_ph.jpg
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 http://community.webshots.com/s/image21/2/34/99/191723499CpKrCg_ph.jpg
Here are the first 6 pictures of the build. I picked out a piece of Yew for the riser, drew my outline for the fades and cut the riser on my bandsaw. I then had to grind the fades to allow them to blend in with the limbs as they are glues up. The last half inch at least on the fades should be so thin that the wood can almost be seen through.
fletch
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Offline Terry Riley

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Re: Yew/Glass Bow Buildalong
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2004, 10:57:00 AM »
Mike,
    Picture didn't come up for me.
Terry

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Re: Yew/Glass Bow Buildalong
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2004, 11:17:00 AM »
The pics are pretty large so I am posting mostly URLs so that the resolution is better. I will edit some down so that they come up on the page. All of the pics will be in the webshots album.
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Offline Ironfist_Canada

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Re: Yew/Glass Bow Buildalong
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2004, 12:22:00 PM »
Fletch none of the pics are accessible.
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Re: Yew/Glass Bow Buildalong
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2004, 12:43:00 PM »
So I see - I'm thinking maybe a photobucket account - I'll try to fix this toot-sweet.
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Re: Yew/Glass Bow Buildalong
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2004, 01:01:00 PM »
Here we go!!!!

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: Yew/Glass Bow Buildalong
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2004, 01:07:00 PM »
Michael, what are you useing to grind the fades? Nice progress so far, man I love bow build-a-longs.
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Re: Yew/Glass Bow Buildalong
« Reply #14 on: September 25, 2004, 01:24:00 PM »
Here you go Dano - I place a block over the fade and grind it on a horizontal sander. The block allows me to get the wood much thinner without breaking it than doing it without. Of course this is a different riser cuz it's too late to get my 10 year old to take a shot of the Yew riser getting ground.

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Re: Yew/Glass Bow Buildalong
« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2004, 01:32:00 PM »
Very nice. Thanks for sharing.
Jawge

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Re: Yew/Glass Bow Buildalong
« Reply #16 on: September 25, 2004, 02:43:00 PM »
Good stuff. You cant beat buildalongs.  John in N.S.
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Re: Yew/Glass Bow Buildalong
« Reply #17 on: September 25, 2004, 03:19:00 PM »
Time for the next step - the laminations have to be glued together. I grind an angle in the end that will be the center of the bow and glue them together with 5 minute epoxy. I use a spring clamp and wax butcher paper to give a smoothe clean finish on the joint. This eliminates most of any grinding work that may need to be done on this joint. Like I said - this bow will have 5 layers of Yew. It will have three layers on top (those that need glued together) and two layers on the bottom. After the joints are set and leaned up we will be ready to glue up the bow as a unit.  
 
 
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Re: Yew/Glass Bow Buildalong
« Reply #18 on: September 25, 2004, 08:50:00 PM »
OK - I hope somebody is still watching this because now I am going to go through what most guys consider the stressful part of this job. I am going to lay up the bow.
First - get all of the components ready and apply Blue Masking tape to the finish side of the glass. This will keep the glue from sticking to the glass and ruining it. I put wax paper down on my bench while I'm working. After layup, you can simply throw it away. Give me little feed back guys so I know I'm not out of order for you.

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Re: Yew/Glass Bow Buildalong
« Reply #19 on: September 25, 2004, 08:57:00 PM »
Yep the layup can be stressful if you don't practice it.
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