|Project by jayman7||posted 10-09-2012 06:00 PM||14806 views||19 times favorited||11 comments|
I made a walnut longbow with a hard maple riser block that’s 40 lbs at 28” draw, and about 68” total length. I pretty much followed this build-along exactly:
The guy who made the tutorial lives in an apartment with extremely limited tools, such as a surform rasp for all wood removal. Instead, I used a bandsaw to remove the bulk wood and a block plane to clean it up, so it’s a relatively simple project with the right tools. I did use a rasp to carve out most of the handle though.
I backed it with fiberglass drywall tape and lots of wood glue. I finished it with a couple coats of Waterlox. In addition to the woodworking aspect of the project, I also learned to tie Flemish loops and serve the string. I also had to read a lot about bows and arrows in general so it was a good learning experience. I shot quite a bit of carbon arrows in my backyard and it works really well!! The picture shows one of the first few test shots so I wasn’t that accurate, but I’ve gotten a little better.