Ski Longbow

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Project by oakwood posted 145 days ago 1200 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am not an avid archer but I do shoot the odd target arrow. This bow was more of a fun and curiosity project. It is made from an old pair of downhill skis. For this particular bow I used the hind section of the ski. It is thicker and delivers more draw. I have not tested it yet but I can tell that the draw is in the 50 lbs range. After removing the bindings simply cut with a hacksaw to the length you wish and also cut the very tail end . Now you have an entry point at both ends without having to worry about hitting any metal. Should you decide to use the forward part of the ski for a re-curve bow the same procedure applies. Simply cut and inch off the very tip and go in with the band saw. As to how to decide for the width and length I simply clamped the two risers to a piece of 2×2x12 piece of wood and then tied the ends down as if you where stringing up the bow. This gives you an estimate and a feeling for the finished bow. The Bow handle design I got on line but you could easily design your own.

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#1 posted 145 days ago

I like it. Nice job in re-purposing the skis.

-- 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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#2 posted 145 days ago

Very cool build, looks great.

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#3 posted 145 days ago

Nice job—looks like a fun project.

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

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#4 posted 144 days ago

That’s just super kool.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#5 posted 144 days ago

Hey – cool idea – have you considered doing a blog on it? Thanks so much for posting.

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#6 posted 144 days ago

Great idea! Let us know how it shoots

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#7 posted 144 days ago

Nice. Got a long bow on the bucket list. Down South, we don’t have much of a market for skis. No snow!

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#8 posted 144 days ago

Great job

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#9 posted 144 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Posting!


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#10 posted 144 days ago

Nice job. I bet shooting that is a lot more fun than the skiing was. Thanks for sharing

-- Gary,Nebraska

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#11 posted 144 days ago

I’ve got an old pair of skis in my garage, been thinking of what to do with them. Probably won’t make a bow, but that is cool anyway.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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