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Re: Longbow build along (it's done)
« Reply #80 on: April 25, 2008, 11:33:00 PM »
Before I could use the new string, I needed to build a tillering tree to check the limbs for even bending. I had a section of treated 2x4 up in the rafters of my garage for a few years so I knew it was good and dry. I drilled a series of 3/4" diameter holes at a 15 degree angle in the edge of the 2x4. The holes are 2 1/2 inches deep. In those holes, I glued short sections of 3/4 inch wooden dowels. I then sanded them to round off any sharp edges.

 

And marked off the distances along the side.

 

This is the bow holding end of the tree. I use a piece of leather to protect the riser when I clamp the bow in place.

 

I attached a plywood base so it would stand by itself.

 

With the string grooves filed and the tillering tree finished, I strung the bow for the first time. and drew it back. It was a good feeling. I then put it in the tree and drew the bow to a few different lengths to see if the limbs were flexing equally. Here are the pics.

 

 

 

I can see some differences in the flex of the limbs. I will sand away certain areas to make the limbs act the same.

Lessons learned. I could have left out every other wooden peg. I really don't need one at every inch.
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Re: Longbow build along (it's done)
« Reply #81 on: April 26, 2008, 06:56:00 AM »
Wow, Ron. I'm thoroughly impressed by your work.  This is a great build along and it is producing a GREAT looking bow.  

Your attention to detail is amazing.  

You've already given me lots of ideas (I'm hoping the bow clamp on my tillering tree looks just like yours later today....).  

Thanks for sharing, Howard

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Re: Longbow build along (it's done)
« Reply #82 on: April 26, 2008, 07:54:00 AM »
Extremely good job Ron!!
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Re: Longbow build along (it's done)
« Reply #83 on: April 26, 2008, 04:34:00 PM »
I sure hope someone archives this !
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Re: Longbow build along (it's done)
« Reply #84 on: April 28, 2008, 11:50:00 AM »
Ron,

Come up for air.  This is too good to let responsibilities get in the way.
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Re: Longbow build along (it's done)
« Reply #85 on: April 29, 2008, 01:10:00 PM »
Sorry but I had to help my Dad Bury his Brother over the weekend. I will get back to the project this week.
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Re: Longbow build along (it's done)
« Reply #86 on: April 29, 2008, 02:28:00 PM »
Holy cow, this looks like a professionally build bow.  Tips just blow me away

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Re: Longbow build along (it's done)
« Reply #87 on: April 29, 2008, 05:39:00 PM »
Sometimes, even attempts at humor result in a size 12 inserted fimly in mouth.  Sorry to hear about your uncle's death.  My condolences to the family.
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Re: Longbow build along (it's done)
« Reply #88 on: April 29, 2008, 06:55:00 PM »
That's an absolute beauty! Well done mate!  :D   :thumbsup:
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Re: Longbow build along (it's done)
« Reply #89 on: April 29, 2008, 10:44:00 PM »
Pete, Don't sweat it. He lived a full 85 years and the nursing home was no place for a guy like Vic. He is in a better place so no sadness.
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Re: Longbow build along (it's done)
« Reply #90 on: April 30, 2008, 10:30:00 PM »
After a few days off to tend to some important issues, I got a chance to get back to the bow. I still needed to cut out the sight window and shape the grip. I drew the window onto the tape on both the back and belly of the bow. The window will be 1/8th inch less than center.

 

I used a hand saw and chisel to remove the wood.

 

And then sanded it to the lines.

 

I put a crown on the shelf.

 
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Re: Longbow build along (it's done)
« Reply #91 on: April 30, 2008, 10:30:00 PM »
To shape the grip I used a wood rasp and sanding blocks

 

 

It still is a bit thick and will need to be slimmed down a bit.

 

 

 

The end user is happy with the fit so far.

 
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Re: Longbow build along (it's done)
« Reply #92 on: May 01, 2008, 07:19:00 AM »
Looking real good mate! Good job! I'm looking forward to seeing it finished!  ;)   :thumbsup:   :clapper:
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Re: Longbow build along (it's done)
« Reply #93 on: May 01, 2008, 07:47:00 PM »
Fantastic thread - thank you Ron!
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Re: Longbow build along (it's done)
« Reply #94 on: May 01, 2008, 08:02:00 PM »
Very nice so far!!!  :thumbsup:    :notworthy:    :clapper:    :clapper:
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Re: Longbow build along (it's done)
« Reply #95 on: May 02, 2008, 06:33:00 AM »
this is great, Thanks for posting it  :thumbsup:  
almost as good as being there   :campfire:
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Re: Longbow build along (it's done)
« Reply #96 on: May 02, 2008, 08:53:00 AM »
You've radiused the shelf, but are also gonna put a radius on the riser arrow plate?
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Re: Longbow build along (it's done)
« Reply #97 on: May 02, 2008, 09:40:00 AM »
Yes, I did that last night. I also removed more of the material getting me closer to the center rather than being 1/8 of an inch less than center.
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Re: Longbow build along (it's done)
« Reply #98 on: May 02, 2008, 11:25:00 AM »
I have a stupid question.  I know a little about tillering a selfbow.  But how did you go about tillering a glass backed/bellied bow?  sand the glass or take off width?

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Re: Longbow build along (it's done)
« Reply #99 on: May 02, 2008, 12:13:00 PM »
fantastic build along thanks for taking the time to share your hard work with us, love the look of the tips!   :thumbsup:    :clapper:    :clapper:
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