New WorkBench and Hot Box

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Project by Egor posted 09-04-2012 02:55 AM 3919 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been kind of a lurker around here and finally at the point of my new basement shop being set up. I love seeing everyones projects and enjoy everyones helpfullness. With that said time to start projects.
I have always wanted to learn and do woodworking projects. LJ has been a big help and inspiration for me to do so. One of my hobbies is building traditional bows. Both all wood bows and laminated wood/fiberglass bows.
I needed a new bench for glueing up the laminations and assembly the bow parts to be put into the form. I have been working off a plastic table and finally got around to building me a bench last week. It is just a basic bench 8’ L and 24” deep. I did build a torsion box top for it. Wanted to get some practice making a torsion box top before I build another assembly table for other projects incorporating a torsion box. After glueing up the laminations and putting them in a form they go in a hot box to cure the epoxy. The heat is generated just using light bulbs. I have a thermostat wired inline that keeps the temp between 150 and 180 degrees so it doesn’t over cook the bow. Also have a timer wired inline and set to 6 hours. I built the hot box to fit under the bench. Put some swivel casters on it, rolls out and under real easy. Fits perfect under the bench. Has 3/16” clearance on the sides and 3/4” on top. I needed a handle on the lid and used a arrow I made to be used as a bow rack I had lying around. I put 3 brick pavers in the bottom to act as a counter balance when the lid is open so it doesn’t tip over.
Again, love seeing everyones work here. I plan on adding more projects in the future. Brock

-- Brock, Illinois

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#1 posted 09-04-2012 03:00 AM

That is pretty cool…I used to be a pretty good shot with my recurve. Would you mind posting a few pictures of the bows you have built?

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#2 posted 09-04-2012 04:43 AM

I would like to see the bows as well. I don’t think I have ever seen one made. Nice job on your projects.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 09-04-2012 07:45 AM

Nice job will be looking fwd to seeing some of the work from the hot box!

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

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#4 posted 09-04-2012 02:16 PM

Thank you guys. Here are a few pics of a couple recent bows. The first one has figured bubinga, zebra and cocobolo in the handle. For the limb veneers I spliced in cocobolo into zebra wood. The cocobolo is on the tip end.This has a gloss finish applied. One pic shows the lamintions after I ground them to thickness.
The second bow has brown actionwood, purple heart and maple in the handle. The limb laminations are crosscut actionwood in what is called desert camo. I had built a bow just like this one a few years ago for myself and a dear close friend said she wanted a bow just like it so I built one a few months ago and suprised her with it. I applied a satin finish to this one.
I will be building some more bows thru out the fall and winter. I will do a build-a-long and show the steps. Except when I use crosscut actionwood for laminations I cut and grind all my own lamintions. Thanks again.

-- Brock, Illinois

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#5 posted 09-04-2012 02:42 PM

I mostly build longbows and that is what are shown above. I do occassionally build recurves. Here are profile pics of the bows above unstrung, strung and full draw

-- Brock, Illinois

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#6 posted 09-04-2012 09:39 PM

Wow! Those are some great looking bows! I have never seen them built with so many species of wood and you have made it into a true art. Keep up the good work and I look forward to following along with a build.

-- Power to the people.

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#7 posted 12-04-2012 01:42 AM

Your bench is nice and well thought out for the hot box. BUT, your bows are absolutely fantastic—true works of art. I used to enjoy archery but it all became about speed. I thought about going back to a recurve, but life happens. After having to cancel a Colorado deer hunting trip the weekend we were to leave, it just killed my interest. Keep up the great work and enjoy your archery while you can.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 12-04-2012 03:49 AM

Beautiful work Egor

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#9 posted 12-14-2012 01:56 AM

Thank you everyone for the encouraging words. I was hoping to have already posted a build-a-long but I have been working 12 hours days the last 6 weeks and only have had 3 days off in that time so have not spent anytime in the shop. It will probably be end of January before I can get around to it.

-- Brock, Illinois

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#10 posted 12-14-2012 02:45 AM

Thanks for this post.
I don’t do bows, but I need to cook some cherry lumber to kill bugs in it.
Your hot box looks very much like what I planed to build.
Would you be willing to share the dimensions of the box, amount and type insulation and how many watts of “heat” you installed.

Those bows are beautiful.

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