Takedown Recurve Bow

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Project by LeeStanford posted 01-19-2016 02:23 AM 1467 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My favorite wood working projects is making bows. The charcoal color bow is made from diamond wood with a burgandy inlay in the riser and is 45lbs. The brown bow is made from laminated action wood with a bocote inlay in the riser and bocote limb overlay and is 38lbs. They are both 62”.

-- Toby Creek Woodworks

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#1 posted 01-19-2016 02:28 AM

Those are both beautiful. I have a few recurve bows in the basement that I used as a kid. I should get back into archery. I really enjoyed it.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn :)

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#2 posted 01-19-2016 02:38 AM


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#3 posted 01-19-2016 02:38 AM

Thanks Bill.

-- Toby Creek Woodworks

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#4 posted 01-19-2016 05:03 AM

Those are some very nicely crafted bows!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#5 posted 01-19-2016 02:16 PM

Nice bows! What are the limbs made of, do you laminate your own? What kind of inserts in the bow for the limb bolts?

-- Dennis, WV

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#6 posted 01-19-2016 02:53 PM

Thanks Dennis, the limbs on the are made of laminated action wood. The charcoal bow also has a carbon inlay for added stability and a little speed. I do laminate my own. The inserts for the limb bolts are double threaded steel inserts. I tap the riser to have matching treads and use export when installed.


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#7 posted 01-19-2016 04:49 PM

Those are amazing would love to hear more about making these beauty’s

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 01-19-2016 06:06 PM

U Where arrows?? I want to see…..........

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#9 posted 01-19-2016 09:12 PM

Beautiful. I’ve always wanted to make one.

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#10 posted 01-19-2016 09:49 PM

Beautiful. How would one go about getting their hands on one of these?

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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#11 posted 01-19-2016 10:53 PM

The video link is a quick overview of how this bow was built without going into a lot of detail.

-- Toby Creek Woodworks

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#12 posted 01-20-2016 07:32 PM

nice work

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#13 posted 01-21-2016 05:34 PM

While I am more of a longbow guy, that is some work on the recurves. shape on the handle looks really good. Did you use a Bignhams kit to get started or design your own limb and riser profile from scratch? I have wacked out a few board bows and have seriously considered building my own longbow, but need to wait until I have more shop space and a bandsaw! Plus I am not sure I could ever give up my Cari-bow Featherhorn, I love that bow!!!

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#14 posted 01-21-2016 06:07 PM

DalyArcher, thanks!! I started out 21 years ago with the Bingham kit. Since then I tried different designs, but I have to say, there takedown limb design is hard to beat. The only real improvement I made on the limbs is the amount of side taper I use. Same is true on a longbow. I like for most of the taper to come towards the last 4 or 5 inches of the bow limb. And yes!!! Those Cari-Bows are very nice.

-- Toby Creek Woodworks

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#15 posted 01-27-2016 04:33 AM

Awesome work.looks as good or better than many hi quality pro bows out there.iI bet they are very accurate.
Getting so desperate I’ve been shooting inside the living room thx to constant rain in houston.what you using for glue?

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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