Takedown Recurve

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Project by John posted 03-11-2014 03:50 AM 2766 views 11 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After searching all over for a Template online for the Take-down Riser I gave up and just decided to wing it and go with what feels right. I did go to the local Archery Shop to pick up a dozen arrows and took the opportunity to look real good at the Recurves while I was there. I’ll probably make myself a few more with some subtle changes until I get the one that feels and looks the best but I am having loads of fun learning as I go. Anyone interested in Archery should definitely try one on there own. Wood is Mahogany from an old front door that someone was throwing away.


-- John

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#1 posted 03-11-2014 04:05 AM

Awesome looking. Man O Man Ive been wanting to make one of these so bad. you should make a tube video on this.How many pounds is the draw?

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#2 posted 03-11-2014 04:24 AM

I do have a couple of videos on the tube and am in the process of uploading one showing the process of forming the limbs. It’s 45 lbs at a 28 draw. Thanks


-- John

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#3 posted 03-11-2014 04:47 AM

Email me the link when you upload, I like to check them out. THX

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#4 posted 03-11-2014 12:26 PM

I hear ya on the riser template. I’ve lost count on how many risers I have built so far to get one that is juuuuust right for me. I’m actually using a pair of old X-country skis for limbs on my bow. My best pull has been just shy of 50# @ 26-ish. But I snapped the riser with further “testing” and need to start over on it…again. I plan on having mine done in time for archery / deer season this fall.

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#5 posted 03-11-2014 01:06 PM

Nice bow! What are your limbs made of? 40-45 is a real good bow. How about a close-up of your bolt arangement and type of bolt. I sketched one out just yesterday using old skis as the limbs if I can find a set. Your riser is very nice looking. Did you make your own string? What brace height? Thanks for any additional info you can provide. It would be great if you’d blog your next one!! Also, what did you use for your rest?

-- Dennis, WV

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#6 posted 03-11-2014 02:12 PM

Great project. I have made a number of recurves, maybe I should post one if interested. I am interested in your additional information. Great work.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 03-11-2014 02:53 PM

The video is unedited since I haven’t learned how to edit it yet.
The brace height is just over 9.5” which is one of the reasons why I’m making different limbs in the video.
The string I’m using is just Paracord until the Dacron B50 comes in that I ordered and as you can see in the video, the limbs are Sch. 40 – 3/4” PVC. The bolts I used came from an old chair with Brass inserts mounted into the riser.
Thanks again for the compliments and I hope you enjoy the video.


-- John

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#8 posted 03-11-2014 05:52 PM

Great looking recurve. Nice work!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#9 posted 03-11-2014 08:55 PM

I am sorry to have to tell you that I know nothing about bows, recurves etc ,on these points I am completely ignorant.
However I have always wanted to make one of these bows, and have an aquaintence who used to make them,or so he told me and I have been told that he was ,like you, very good at it. I feel it would be an exciting and enjoyable job to complete .
I love the design and workmanship you have invested in this thank you so very much for showing your great and of course highly artistic work . Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#10 posted 03-11-2014 11:01 PM

Nice looking bow.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 03-12-2014 01:28 AM

Very nicely done.

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

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#12 posted 03-12-2014 02:21 AM

Nice looking bow. Is this all wood or did you use glass on the belly and/or back?
The brace height does look a little high to me but I’m certainly no exspert

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#13 posted 03-12-2014 02:38 AM

Again, Thanks for all the compliments. I’m am nowhere near an expert bowyer and I haven’t shot a bow in at least 20 years. The Riser is one chunk of Mahogany and the Limbs are 3/4 SCH 40 PVC. Eventually, I would like to make one with Laminated Limbs and even a Laminated Riser but not until I settle on a definate comfortable design. Since the Riser Template I used was something I made up myself, it’s not perfectly balanced. I’ve since made one for my Daughter with just a few changes and she really loves it.


-- John

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#14 posted 03-12-2014 04:05 AM

That looks awesome. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#15 posted 03-12-2014 04:43 AM

Beautiful bow! Fantastic job John. It’s very professional looking… I am sure it will do the trick if you can get close enough to a deer! Getting one with a bow you made yourself would be quite an accomplishment.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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