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recurve bow - 3 piece - youth

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Project by Rob23 posted 09-25-2015 02:45 PM 1267 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After my daughters shot my friend’s bow, it became obvious they wanted one as well. Being poor can be a great motivator when it comes to making your own things! I shopped around but found the youth bows (at box stores) were for the large part terrible, and decided to try and make a bow.

I had some black walnut (as seen in pic#2) from a friend in the USA, who felled the tree himself and gifted me a large chunk for making wooden gun stocks. A chainsaw, bandsaw, and thickness planer ready I had a workable piece ready to go.

For the limbs I decided to start with some cross country skis (as seen in pic#3) which will later be replaced by wooden limbs – when time and skill allows.

I downloaded an image/template for a recurve handle, scaled it down for smaller hands, printed it and got to work. Mostly bandsaw work, some rasp work, lots of sanding. I chose to skip nut-serts and went with bolts (not sure what the term for these is, but they are take-down furniture bolts)

The draw weight and length worked out well quite by luck, as it was not by experience.

Last pic is my oldest daughter shooting the bow, which she enjoyed very much. Was a fun project. The thought of making a bow was incredibly intimidating – but this method was fun, easy, and inexpensive.





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Mark

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#1 posted 09-25-2015 03:30 PM

what a cool build Rob. In a million yrs I never would have thought of cross country skis. Well done.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 09-25-2015 04:39 PM

Awesome! I’m in the midst of doing this exact same thing. I’m not happy with my riser yet. One I have mine built and set up the way I like it, I will have to post some photos of my bow. Those skies really to work well, don’t they?

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Rob23

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#3 posted 09-25-2015 08:09 PM



Awesome! I m in the midst of doing this exact same thing. I m not happy with my riser yet. One I have mine built and set up the way I like it, I will have to post some photos of my bow. Those skies really to work well, don t they?

- Von

Yeah the skis are perfect – they are already essentially tillered, they are inexpensive (or free) and they can grow with my kids!

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#4 posted 09-26-2015 02:56 AM

Great idea and excellent application!

Claude

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Pointer

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#5 posted 09-26-2015 12:49 PM

Very clever idea. Might have to give this a try myself.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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