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Offline wakolbinger

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Converting another....a buildalong(pics)
« on: March 08, 2006, 02:44:00 PM »
So I desided my friend needs to make his own selfbow since he's been shooting an ironwood bow I gave him for a year now. We will be building him a osage selfbow over then next few weeks, and I will be taking pictures along the way to share with all of you.

danny

Picked him out a nice blank from the bin with some good thick rings, few knots, and some nice snakes in it too. Here's Sam laying the line for the first limb thickness reduction...

   

Making the bandsaw cuts...

   

I went ahead and did the basic handle shaping cuts on the bandsaw for him, since they can be a bit tricky. Here's Sam doing some more shaping with a rasp...

   

Woo, action shot! Here's Sam truing up the limb width...

   

And here we are reducing the belly even more to get it nice and even, as well as thin enough to bend on the caul...

   

Here I am getting the stave all set up the be reflexed on the caul. So it's thinned, corners rounded off, greased with mineral oil, and clamped at both ends...

   

Here's Sam finally getting the stave good and hot, after a little mishap with the high and low setting on the heat gun. So we're slowly cranking down the bar clamp at the handle and adding c-clamps to flatten out any high spots as we go along...

   

And here's Sam acting like a fool, as we often do...hamin' it up for the camera as we get the limb fully clamped up on the caul...

   

That was all the time we had for that day, didn't even get to the other limb. I will post more of progress as it comes.

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Re: Converting another....a buildalong(pics)
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2006, 03:10:00 PM »
Amazing!

I like the form you are using to curb the limbs.

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Re: Converting another....a buildalong(pics)
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2006, 03:27:00 PM »
Very interesting, looking forward to see the rest. Bue--.

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Re: Converting another....a buildalong(pics)
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2006, 03:42:00 PM »
Nice looking piece of wood.

Man he's close to the wood with that heat gun. Betcha got some orange scorchey marks ha ha.Also I don't see any pads under the C clamps to keep from putting dents in the wood.

Nice pictorial so far.
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Re: Converting another....a buildalong(pics)
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2006, 03:51:00 PM »
Na, no burn marks on the wood, just toasted to a red. He does it like I do it, close to the wood to get it done fast. Have never found a problem in it. All my c-clamps have little piceces of thick leather cut to the shape of each end of the clamp and glued on.

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Re: Converting another....a buildalong(pics)
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2006, 04:08:00 PM »
:thumbsup:    :thumbsup:    :thumbsup:  and a couple a   :notworthy:    :notworthy:  just because.....LOL
lookin good.
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Offline John Scifres

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Re: Converting another....a buildalong(pics)
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2006, 04:18:00 PM »
Cool!
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Re: Converting another....a buildalong(pics)
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2006, 05:20:00 PM »
Nice work Danny and Sam, I like that caul too, I gotta make me one.  ;)    :thumbsup:
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Re: Converting another....a buildalong(pics)
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2006, 06:57:00 PM »
Nice setup, & looking forward to following along.  
After looking at your setup I have a question.  I have a hickory selfbow (my 1st & only) that I never finished that has a "fair" amount of twist (both limbs although worse in one that the other) in it & the limbs have probably 1" of set back at the tips.  I got it to the semi tillered stage & quit 'caust I wasn't sure about the twist.  That was about 5 yrs ago.
If I were to put it on a caul like that & heat it would the hickory keep it's new shape or go back to it's natural shape?
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Offline wakolbinger

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Re: Converting another....a buildalong(pics)
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2006, 07:05:00 PM »
You can take out quite a bit of twist in a bow by putting on a caul like this, but I'm not sure how well hickory works with dry heat. Anybody else know about that?

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Re: Converting another....a buildalong(pics)
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2006, 07:13:00 PM »
Thanks for all the encouragement yall!

Back at it today!

Here's Sam heating the other limb....

 

All clamped up....

 

Off the caul....

 

Here's Sam working on the handle after I went through the finer points of handle shaping...

 

The fruits of our labor...

 

 

Sam reducing the belly even more and the sides some as well...

 

And here's Sam looking rather proud of what we've done so far. Really starting to look like a bow....

 

That's it for today.

danny

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Re: Converting another....a buildalong(pics)
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2006, 07:34:00 PM »
Happiness is yellow dust in your nose.  :)

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Re: Converting another....a buildalong(pics)
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2006, 05:05:00 PM »
Alright, we're back in action....

There was a little problem with tip alignment, so I desided we would heat that tip up and wrench it over. Here's Sam heating the tip....

   

And here he is pulling it slightly past straight while the tip's in the vice, while I went to get a wet rag to speed up the cooling...

   

The bow is starting to get a real good floor tiller, so I thought we'd through it on the press and see what the limbs look like. Though we wont really know till the first bracing....

   

I thought it would be good for him to get some practice putting in some nice even string grooves, so while the tips are still over sized I had him file in some nocks.

   

I threw out the idea of putting on some tip overlays, something I don't normally do, and Sam seemed really pleased by the idea. So, I grabbed my box of exotic scraps and he picked out a chunk of purpleheart. Here I am sanding down the tips flat so we can glue on the overlays....

   

And here's the purpleheart glued on with epoxy and clamped up....

 

Thats it for now, but more to come soon.

danny

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Re: Converting another....a buildalong(pics)
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2006, 06:52:00 PM »
Nice work Danny, where were you when I wanted to learn how to make a bow?  :bigsmyl:
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Re: Converting another....a buildalong(pics)
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2006, 07:00:00 PM »
Looks like a goodn guys. Thanks for sharing.   :)

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Re: Converting another....a buildalong(pics)
« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2006, 07:26:00 PM »
Looks like tag team'n is the way to go! Keep up the good work!
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Re: Converting another....a buildalong(pics)
« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2006, 07:41:00 PM »
You rock!

Kudos to you, young men!  :notworthy:
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Re: Converting another....a buildalong(pics)
« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2006, 01:59:00 AM »
Good buildalong guys.

I like the snake in that bow.

Manny
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Re: Converting another....a buildalong(pics)
« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2006, 07:24:00 AM »
Good stuff guys....almost makes me think I could make one of those things!    :banghead:    "[nope]"
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Re: Converting another....a buildalong(pics)
« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2006, 07:34:00 AM »
Great pics!  Great buildalong.

Thanks,

Dean
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