Several years ago I got re-interested in archery via a garage-sale purchase of a very used compound bow. That led to the purchase of a better used model and eventually and even better and more powerful bow, though still used.. Unfortunately, my shoulder gave out about 6 months after that. The doc said I had to lay off shooting for “a while” and IF I was able to get back to it, use a very light draw-weight (less than 40#). SWMBO suggested I give it up all together. So, the new, used bow went up on Ebay and I nursed my shoulder for the next few years as it turned out.
Shortly after I signed up on LJ, I ran across a project post by another member showing a wood bow he built using just a 1×2 piece of red oak. NEVER would have dreamed that was possible. “Everyone knows” you have to build a bow out of a piece of yew, right? Well, turns out “everyone” is wrong. Not only that, with some careful work I should be able to build a bow for just a few bucks that also has a light draw weight.
So off to google-land and I start researching. Turns out quite a few folks are building what are called board-bows using red oak that they get from the local big-box store. And even more surprising to me, the bows are holding up. Since this looks do-able, inexpensive, I decide to give it a try. Worst case I end up blowing about $8 for a piece of red oak.
My goal was to build a pyramid-style bow with a 35# draw @ 27” (my draw-length). Pyramid-style means that the limbs of the bow look like a pyramid or elongated triangle. I also decided to make it about 69” long.
Here are some pics of the wood I ended up with:
What will be the back of the bow:
Glued a piece of canarywood to the handle area to make it a bit beefier
Now that I know a little more than I did before I started, I can say that it turns out this piece was not a great choice. Grain runs off the edge in a few places which can lead to splintering and breakage. But, as I later found out, not always.
More to come tomorrow.
-- "You can tell the pioneers by the arrows in their back" -- Unknown