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Re: Bow Build Along.......let the fun begin
« Reply #60 on: September 20, 2006, 07:03:00 AM »
OK, I've managed to get this far without saying it, but I've got to now. WOW! This is a great thread.   :thumbsup:    :thumbsup:  
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Re: Bow Build Along.......let the fun begin
« Reply #61 on: September 20, 2006, 07:22:00 AM »
Wow those limb tips are going to have to bend 12" just to get to brace. I'm going to recommend you clamp the handle in your tiller tree when tillering so that baby doesn't try and flip on you.
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Re: Bow Build Along.......let the fun begin
« Reply #62 on: September 20, 2006, 08:40:00 AM »
Holly Gullwing Batmant! You are going to have plenty of early tension on the draw. Clamping the handle sounds like a real good idea. This is gonna be fun to watch.

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Re: Bow Build Along.......let the fun begin
« Reply #63 on: September 20, 2006, 10:24:00 AM »
Wow!

Just checked in for the first time. Inspirational!
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Re: Bow Build Along.......let the fun begin
« Reply #64 on: September 20, 2006, 03:57:00 PM »
Here is today's update.  I like to put my string back across the roughed out blank to see how the tips and limbs align.  Looking good.

 

I wanted to show this pic to stress again the importance of taking your time with the fades.  Getting them feather thin with a low entry angle will get good smooth transitions.

 


I'm showing the profile again because I've cut the tips down.  I now have the blank to the finished length and I've sanded the sides to the finished dimensions except for narrowing the tips.  I'll do that later during tillering once it's bending and the tips are still showing to be aligned.

 


Next step.......glue on the rest of the riser and then get to tillering.

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Re: Bow Build Along.......let the fun begin
« Reply #65 on: September 20, 2006, 05:05:00 PM »
Man, thats gonna be one sweet lookin bow!
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Re: Bow Build Along.......let the fun begin
« Reply #66 on: September 20, 2006, 05:26:00 PM »
DON'T STOP,,,,, MORE! MORE!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Bow Build Along.......let the fun begin
« Reply #67 on: September 20, 2006, 06:44:00 PM »
my son that is going to be one nice bow i want it give it here lol.

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Re: Bow Build Along.......let the fun begin
« Reply #68 on: September 20, 2006, 08:45:00 PM »
The rest of this should be interesting.Tillering looks to be scary!
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Re: Bow Build Along.......let the fun begin
« Reply #69 on: September 20, 2006, 09:23:00 PM »
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Re: Bow Build Along.......let the fun begin
« Reply #70 on: September 20, 2006, 11:59:00 PM »
Here are a couple of observations I have at this point in the process.  I designed this bow(fiberglass) with a very forward style riser, but I'm really liking the look of the riser on this bow.  I'll glue the rest of the riser on tomorrow and decide if I may want to try this change on a glass bow at some point.

I guessed on lam thicknesses based on a couple of things.  First I looked at my two previous boo backed bows to see what thicknesses they were.  The limbs came out fairly close in thickness even though the designs were different.  I also have a friend that did a recurve bamboo backed bow so I kind of averaged all 3 even though each design was different.  

I intentionally left the belly lams thick so I had some room to play with it.  I'm wondering right now if my overall thickness is too much.  I haven't tapered the belly lam at all yet, but when I tried a quick floor tiller today for kicks, the limbs don't want to move much.  

4nolz asked the following "can an all wood bow survive this?"  My answer is I really hope so.

I hope to hunt with this bow soon, but just to be safe, I'm gluing up a fiberglass one on Sunday.    

I really appreciate all the kind words I've received during this project.  

Thank you.

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Re: Bow Build Along.......let the fun begin
« Reply #71 on: September 21, 2006, 06:47:00 AM »
Man keep on rolling. I am very interested in that design Longbow. I have a feeling thats gonna be a sweet fiberglass bow. Im not sure on the all wood if it will hold up but the again what do I know. Thanks for taking the time to do this!
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Re: Bow Build Along.......let the fun begin
« Reply #72 on: September 21, 2006, 07:30:00 AM »
Fantastic thread.  Great looking bow.  That should be a sweet shooter when you finish it out.  Can't wait to see the rest of the action.
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Re: Bow Build Along.......let the fun begin
« Reply #73 on: September 21, 2006, 07:50:00 AM »
Thanks!  The thought of tillering that gave me nightmares last night!    :scared:  This is going to be fun to watch!!

Great thread so far!

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Re: Bow Build Along.......let the fun begin
« Reply #74 on: September 21, 2006, 03:52:00 PM »
Got the rest of the riser glued on today.  Now for my favorite part of bowmaking(NOT).......................................................waiting.........................................

 

 

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Re: Bow Build Along.......let the fun begin
« Reply #75 on: September 22, 2006, 06:04:00 PM »
The rest of the riser is glued on.  I have an idea in my head how I'll shape it out when I'm done but for now I'll leave it thick.  I've got it cut back past the working limbe area, so I don't have to worry about thinning it down.  

 

 

I tried doing some floor tillering to get the limbs moving.  I had to take off a lot of my belly lam before they even thought about bending.  I'm getting now where I don't have an excess amount to work with.  What I'll do if I need to is trap the limbs to reduce limb mass.  Don't know if I'll need to but I have that option as I go along.  Here it is being pulled for the first time.  Notice the left is bending more than the right.  One thing to note when tillering is that you often don't have to remove much material at all for the limb to bend more.  It is better to do a little at a time, because you can't put it back on.  I like to pull my limbs about 50 times each time I remove material.

 

I've been working a ton along with working on this bow.  Think I'm gonna take a couple days off and step away.  I need to be on my toes for this rest of this.  More in a few days............

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Re: Bow Build Along.......let the fun begin
« Reply #76 on: September 22, 2006, 06:36:00 PM »
man i hope she holds up she is going to be a beut keep it up

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Re: Bow Build Along.......let the fun begin
« Reply #77 on: September 26, 2006, 09:45:00 AM »
It's been a few days.  TTT

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Re: Bow Build Along.......let the fun begin
« Reply #78 on: September 26, 2006, 10:34:00 AM »
Hee hee looks like it'll be 50# @ 1"

Keep going! Hope it works out for you.
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Re: Bow Build Along.......let the fun begin
« Reply #79 on: September 26, 2006, 04:39:00 PM »
Started working on it again today.  Here is a relaxed shot versus where I have it bending right now.  I should have either made my core lams much thinner or tapered them.  This is getting challenging since I hardly have any belly lam left to play with.  Don't know how it will end up.

 
 

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