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Formica vs fiberglass
« on: April 02, 2024, 04:42:40 PM »
Hello, I’am new to bow building and have my form for laminate bow. I was wondering if I could use parallel fiberglass instead of the Formica strip?

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Re: Formica vs fiberglass
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2024, 05:09:12 PM »
If you got a smooth finish you really don't need anything. A bamboo parallel will work fine
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Re: Formica vs fiberglass
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2024, 08:18:08 PM »
It’s kind of expensive, and would be over kill in my opinion. But yes… you could use it I suppose. Like Mike was saying, using any type of wood edge banding would work fine too as long as it’s milled accurately.

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Re: Formica vs fiberglass
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2024, 11:00:49 PM »
I am using Bingham projects plans.

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Re: Formica vs fiberglass
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2024, 10:44:32 AM »
Long time ago I ordered two clear glass strips and a formica strip from Bingham for a 1.75" form and build.  Package arrived and it looked like three glass strips.  Called Elmont and asked what gives.  He said the formica was there and it had a label on it.  I could sense rather than hear him chuckling.  Looked at all three and found one of the glass strips was indeed labeled "formica strip".   :biglaugh:
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Re: Formica vs fiberglass
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2024, 05:03:45 PM »
I am using Bingham projects plans.

Kirk meant, what did you use to build the form, Plywood, LVL??? :thumbsup:
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Re: Formica vs fiberglass
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2024, 05:31:00 PM »
Oh sorry I made it out of lvl.

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Re: Formica vs fiberglass
« Reply #7 on: April 03, 2024, 06:55:50 PM »
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