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Offline Dano

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Re: Fiberglass Build Along
« Reply #80 on: February 11, 2006, 05:09:00 PM »
She's lookin good Ken. I'm with Crooked Stic on the finish. What ever the final finish super glue does a great job of sealing porous woods.
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Re: Fiberglass Build Along
« Reply #81 on: February 11, 2006, 05:42:00 PM »
Ken, while Ive never made a glass bow, I have made a couple of guitars and mandolins. Seems to me the problem with trying to fill the grain would be the same. We use Rosewood for the sides and back of guitars, which is really pourous.it is filled with either a water or oil based grain filler before applying the finish.Check out Sewart Mcdonald, a luthier suppy co. Hope I'm not sticking my nose in where it don't belong. DB
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Re: Fiberglass Build Along
« Reply #82 on: February 11, 2006, 09:23:00 PM »
Beautiful bow, wonderfully informative thread...What do we do to get the powers that be to put this into the "How to" forum so all this great info doesn't fade off into the ether???  :thumbsup:
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Offline swampbiologist

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Re: Fiberglass Build Along
« Reply #83 on: February 11, 2006, 09:37:00 PM »
I'm not taking any chances, I've saved every picture that KT has posted. As soon as I figure out how to save his explination, I'll do that too!
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Re: Fiberglass Build Along
« Reply #84 on: February 11, 2006, 09:42:00 PM »
I just started highlighting, copying and pasting KT's posts along with the pictures. Thanks KT for your Efforts.
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Offline Many Arrows Lost

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Re: Fiberglass Build Along
« Reply #85 on: February 12, 2006, 12:09:00 AM »
Alrighty, time to git'r dun.  A couple things on the finish I use then we'll move on.  The two things that I really like about Fuller Plast is that it dries fast and is tough.  In my finishing area I have a rack that puts the bow under two 500 watt lamps, this setup allows for a coat every 15 minutes.  Every second coat spends 45 minutes, then it is wet sanded.  The down side to Fuller Plast is that it is very unhealthy and breathing equipment is a must.  The upshot is that I can finish a bow in about three hours, depending on the goof-ups, the let it cure for an hour and it is ready for the leather handle.

First I lay out the leather.  For this bow I've chosen a cordovan dye for the handle with a tan fringe to come out the bottom.  

 

The leather is shaped to fit around the handle.  holes are then punched for the heavy waxed thread.

 

The holes are spaced about 1/4" apart and are about 1/4" back from the edge.

 

I start out with a complete loop through the top holesso I can snug everything up...

 

then proceed with the baseball stitch.

 

I end with a loop through the bottom holes, tie it off with the string ends under the leather and it is done.

 

Be back in a bit.
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Offline Many Arrows Lost

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Re: Fiberglass Build Along
« Reply #86 on: February 12, 2006, 01:06:00 AM »
The striker plate is probably going to evolve over the next couple days.  I decided to start out with a 1/2" piece of cordovan dyed leather.

 

It is placed where the radius of the shelf and the plate meet.  I have the accent lines of yew running through the handle and don't want to cover up too much.

   

We'll see how it works.

Trying to get the rest of these pictures was a chore, it is hard to make it real with a camera, but I'll try.

The upper half of the bow.

   

The side view.

 

Here is the side view of the tip.

 

And the front of the tip with the string intalled.

 

I use a 12 strand Dyna 97 continious loop strin with double served loops to pad the string nocks.  I'm going to try to post some pictures of the bow in action tomorrow.

Ken
Athens, Illinois

Offline SteveD

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Re: Fiberglass Build Along
« Reply #87 on: February 12, 2006, 08:34:00 AM »
Wow That is a beauty. Great Job. Great Build along
Thanks

Offline the Ferret

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Re: Fiberglass Build Along
« Reply #88 on: February 12, 2006, 09:57:00 AM »
Yes excellent job in both construction and explanation.

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Offline Many Arrows Lost

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Re: Fiberglass Build Along
« Reply #89 on: February 12, 2006, 05:52:00 PM »
Well, this has been a fun project.  I hope that this will inspire a few more of these as there is lots of experience out there we can all gain from.  This is what it looks like from my angle and I appreciate the comments and suggestions made during the project.  I hope that someone who appreciates traditional archery will be at the Master Pilot Banquet and that this does not become a $75.00 trinket behind someone's door.  That is the chance we have taken when we started this venture.

After church this morning I enlisted my wife's help and got some pictures of the bow in action.  They were taken using the timer, so don't get the idea that she was in harms way.

 

 
Thanks for tuning in,

Ken
Athens, Illinois

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Re: Fiberglass Build Along
« Reply #90 on: February 12, 2006, 05:57:00 PM »
GOOD JOB!!!!! Ken
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Offline Dano

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Re: Fiberglass Build Along
« Reply #91 on: February 12, 2006, 06:01:00 PM »
Great job Ken, classy finally too.
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Re: Fiberglass Build Along
« Reply #92 on: February 12, 2006, 06:31:00 PM »
OH NO!!!!! Wheres the Pics? I havent fiished reading!! Im Lost!!!!!!!!!! This is just plain cruel.............. :)

Offline Many Arrows Lost

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Re: Fiberglass Build Along
« Reply #93 on: February 12, 2006, 06:43:00 PM »
Are the pics still there?  I see them when I log on.  :confused:  

Ken
Athens, Illinois

Offline Luke Vander Vennen

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Re: Fiberglass Build Along
« Reply #94 on: February 12, 2006, 06:44:00 PM »
I see everyone except the last two.

Great buildalong  :thumbsup:
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Re: Fiberglass Build Along
« Reply #95 on: February 12, 2006, 06:46:00 PM »
ok.......shhheeeeewwwww!!

Offline Many Arrows Lost

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Re: Fiberglass Build Along
« Reply #96 on: February 12, 2006, 06:48:00 PM »
Boy did I ever mess up.  I just reorganized everything on photobucket into an album.  Guess I'll have to redo all the links.  The last two should be up now.  :knothead:  

Ken
Athens, Illinois

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Re: Fiberglass Build Along
« Reply #97 on: February 12, 2006, 07:59:00 PM »
The pics have all been edited and should show up again.  Boy, just when you think it is a job well done you go and do a bonehead thing like that.  Cost me an hour of shootin' light!
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Re: Fiberglass Build Along
« Reply #98 on: February 12, 2006, 09:52:00 PM »
Just had a couple hooligans over, who helped break in the Master Pilot longbow.  Being a fixed-wing pilot myself, I have a good bit of respect for the "rotorheads" among us...especially when they can hit a nickle with a brand new longbow.

Jumper and...

 

Hopper.

 

I guess you'll hear the real story now.

Ken
Athens, Illinois

Offline swampbiologist

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Re: Fiberglass Build Along
« Reply #99 on: February 12, 2006, 10:11:00 PM »
Thanks Ken, That's a mighty pretty piece of work. If nothing else, be assured that we all appreciate and acknowledge your efforts and know what it takes. Maybe I'll do a buildalong on my next T/D longbow. You may have inspired me.
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