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Re: R/D glass longbow blank. .BUILD ALONG. .Finished bow PICS . . Dryad Bows
« Reply #60 on: January 07, 2008, 10:58:00 AM »
Mike and Jason, this is great!!! Keep it coming. Thank you so much for sharing your knoledge and skill!!!!!   Bob
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Re: R/D glass longbow blank. .BUILD ALONG. .Finished bow PICS . . Dryad Bows
« Reply #61 on: January 07, 2008, 06:24:00 PM »
Hellooooo...  It's afternoon already...
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Re: R/D glass longbow blank. .BUILD ALONG. .Finished bow PICS . . Dryad Bows
« Reply #62 on: January 07, 2008, 06:26:00 PM »
Hello, we just finished work.  If you could convince these customers waiting for bows that I should be on the computer instead of building their bow, well we'd be done but broke.  LOL

Gotta get dinner on the stove and then we can wrap it up.

Mike
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Re: R/D glass longbow blank. .BUILD ALONG. .Finished bow PICS . . Dryad Bows
« Reply #63 on: January 07, 2008, 06:52:00 PM »
Mike,
Just curious what length do you make your tips?
Tip overlay length?:
Length from string groove to tip?:
Thanks,
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Re: R/D glass longbow blank. .BUILD ALONG. .Finished bow PICS . . Dryad Bows
« Reply #64 on: January 07, 2008, 06:57:00 PM »
Mike the tips are two inches, overlays the same, groove is 1" down.

Mike
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« Reply #65 on: January 07, 2008, 07:20:00 PM »
Lookin good guys. I am liking this thread.
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Re: R/D glass longbow blank. .BUILD ALONG. .Finished bow PICS . . Dryad Bows
« Reply #66 on: January 07, 2008, 07:51:00 PM »
O.K.  I just told my wife I need a new power sander, a router table, a bandsaw, some calibers, more rasps, all different sizes of sanding paper and an air compressor....Total $4000.00 but I told her the blank is only $250.00 and I would save money by buying the blank.....You think she would fall for it? She said " Didn''t you just get a bamboo bowblank a year or so ago" ? Now I gotta go to the bowaholic counsling class's guys and have to turn in my credit card and give her all my paychecks and she gave me timeout from Tradgang again. Thanks alot Fellas ! Keefers <")))><

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Re: R/D glass longbow blank. .BUILD ALONG. .Finished bow PICS . . Dryad Bows
« Reply #67 on: January 07, 2008, 10:10:00 PM »
Sorry guys I forgot about the game.  We'll get-r-done in the morning.

Mike

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Re: R/D glass longbow blank. .BUILD ALONG. .Finished bow PICS . . Dryad Bows
« Reply #68 on: January 08, 2008, 10:07:00 AM »
Ok, we are back.  Where were we?

Oh yeah, time to layout the rest of the grip.

Draw the 4" line on both sides of the riser


 


And on the belly side of the handle

 

 
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« Reply #69 on: January 08, 2008, 10:12:00 AM »
We use a 3" pvc piece to do an arc for the transition base of the grip.  Connecting the belly and back lines.

 

Draw the shape you want for the finished handle on the back and belly

 

 
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« Reply #70 on: January 08, 2008, 10:14:00 AM »
Now it's back to the power rasp (big sander) to remove more wood. Radius the handle on the belly towards the back leaving it thicker in the middle while takeing the material off down to the belly line.  Do the same on the other belly side of the handle removing the same amount of wood.

   

   

   

 
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« Reply #71 on: January 08, 2008, 10:33:00 AM »
Now on the back of the bow, follow our lines radiusing towards the center.

 

 
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« Reply #72 on: January 08, 2008, 10:36:00 AM »
Now like working a puzzle it's time to connect the dots and see what we have.  Smooth the corners between our cuts leaving the roundness of the handle.  This is probably best done with a rasp.

 

 

 
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« Reply #73 on: January 08, 2008, 10:39:00 AM »
We now have the roughed in grip ready for smoothing and sanding.  You can make small changes at this time to fit your hand.

 

 

 

 

 
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« Reply #74 on: January 08, 2008, 10:42:00 AM »
Smooth the lines and radius with a fine rasp and the "flexible rasp"

 

 

 

 
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« Reply #75 on: January 08, 2008, 10:43:00 AM »
Do the same to smooth the areas of the window.

 

 

 
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Re: R/D glass longbow blank. .BUILD ALONG. .Finished bow PICS . . Dryad Bows
« Reply #76 on: January 08, 2008, 10:56:00 AM »
Mike this is an great project! I'm following it close!
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Re: R/D glass longbow blank. .BUILD ALONG. .Finished bow PICS . . Dryad Bows
« Reply #77 on: January 08, 2008, 11:00:00 AM »
turn the bow over and do the same on the back side.

 

 

 

 
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« Reply #78 on: January 08, 2008, 11:02:00 AM »
Now the back side of the window.

   

   

   

   
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« Reply #79 on: January 08, 2008, 11:04:00 AM »
Time to blend the handle overlay into the limbs.  Use your rasp and only hit the overlay. DO NOT DIG INTO THE GLASS.

 

 

Your bow is ready to string and shoot.  We will do sanding and finishing in a couple of days.
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