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Project by jeffswildwood posted 01-28-2015 01:26 AM 1347 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a custom bow rack I just finished. This one was quite tricky for me as it was the first I have tried. I have made gun racks but I really had a curve ball on this one. The future owner and I talked about what he wanted and I made the suggestion to have it look like two bows were holding the bows! He got very excited about the idea. I definitely overestimated what that would take to do. First I made a stencil for the bows and cut them out. Now I had to find a way to attach them. I solved this with dowels. I wanted the handles of the bows to stand out so I chose tightly wound black cord. Attaching the top and bottom involved a combination of kreg screws in the backs and screws hidden with dowels on top. The bottom has the arrow storage for the tips and I cut a one inch dowel and bored them to hold the tips. Black foam sheets cut and inserted to protect the tips. The arrow support was attached using dowels as “wooden nails” notched and lined with sticky back black felt. The hard part was for the dowels to hold the bows. I had to drill in the front and insert the dowels. I was not comfortable with this so I drilled into the wood behind the bows and extended the dowels for extra strength. A lot of work and design issues went into this and I hope the future owner likes it. Thanks for looking and sorry for the long write up, just wanted to tell the details.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".





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USMCRet93

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#1 posted 01-28-2015 04:16 AM

Very nice looking work!

Richard

-- Live to dive.... dive to LIVE!

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#2 posted 01-28-2015 10:28 AM

Nicely done, Jeff! The ‘real’ bows go crossways? Is that right? The hand wrap on the faux bows is a great detail. Did you put any finish or ealer on that? Maybe you can get a pic with it loaded? Thanks for sharring.

-- God bless, Candy

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jeffswildwood

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#3 posted 01-28-2015 01:31 PM

Thanks for the comments. Candy, I designed it so the actual bows can go either way, horizontal or vertical. There is no sealer on the wrap, I experimented with that, glued behind it, using water based urethane ect and nothing seemed to look right so I left it natural. The future owner told me he would send a pic when mounted and I’ll try to share. Thanks for looking!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 01-28-2015 05:09 PM

Jeff, your design is awesome as well as your attention to detail. Time is always an issue for custom made items, at least it is with me. I am sure the owner will be happy with the end result and he can take satisfaction knowing it is one of a kind.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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jeffswildwood

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#5 posted 01-28-2015 06:24 PM

Thanks Lee, there were a LOT of details to work out on this. Not having his bows was the hardest.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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raggedpat

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#6 posted 01-29-2015 04:26 AM

Reckon my leather and elm quiver would look nice hanging off the side o that!

-- knots and cracks are a good thing if you let them be!

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