Walnut and Wenge Recurve bow

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Chemeleon

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Matt
Finished this one up this past weekend, it'll ship out to a friend over in the Netherlands once I get the case for it built. Curly English Walnut and Wenge wasn't a wood choice I'd have picked my, but it turned out to be a great mix. Draws about 40# @ 28".

Riser profile was cut on the bandsaw than the shape roughed out with one of those Kutzall carbide grinder discs (great for freehand hogging out wood) followed by a lot of sanders. The icon on the side was done with the cnc - I'm not good enough at hand cutting inlay, and that sort of thing is why I built it :).

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Rob

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That is beautiful. It looks like the limbs are separate? Held on by the knobs in front? How do you control the draw poundage? Do you give classes. I shoot a compound bow and it would be awesome to be able to build my own bow.
 

Steve_Honeycutt

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Steve
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Matt,

You have been missed. Oh, the bow looks great. I'm not sure I would take this to the woods. It sounds like you have the CNC well tuned to do such a detailed inlay. Did you reinforce the limbs with fiberglass?

Steve H.
 

Chemeleon

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Matt
Thanks Steve - I've been lurking, just been a busy summer and kept forgetting about the chats. I wouldn't say the CNC is well tuned, as it does have a little slop, mostly due to being MDF based, but its within acceptable parameters for now. Of course, I have plans to build one or two better ones in the future :)

The limbs have black fiberglass on the back, clear on the front, and attach with a combination of one through bolt/knob, and one alignment peg. Mostly that's for transport purposes (these are fairly large bows) but it has the nice side benefit that if I mess up a limb while building, I'm only out that one limb, not an entire bow. Draw poundage is controlled by the limb thickness when you build it, I've found http://www.binghamprojects.com/Bow%20Draw%20Weight%20Chart.pdf to be fairly accurate for figuring out what thickness I need.

I've not really considered classes - given how much time I spend waiting on epoxy, I'm not sure it'd be a real practical thing to teach as a class. Its mostly a couple hours work, then wait a day for epoxy to cure, repeat a few times, then waiting for finish to cure. Its really not that hard to do though, I basically just looked at pictures of a bunch of existing bows, and drew up templates for something that looked similar to them. I get the fiberglass and epoxy and whatnot from www.binghamprojects.com. They also sell kits and plans and whatnot, but imo its not really needed. The important thing, is you *have* to have a drum or wide belt sander to make your limb laminations, it takes a very very small variation in thickness side to side to cause the limb to twist. There are also several archery forums with lots of bow building threads such as http://tradgang.com/noncgi/ultimatebb.php?ubb=forum;f=125
 

KenOfCary

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Very nice contrast in the choice of wood. It certainly looks like a lot of work to refine to such a degree.
 

Rob

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Rob
I'm a bow hunter and shoot a compound bow. This is so beautiful and I love shooting bow, that I want to put it on my to do list. Unfortunately my to do list is long.
 

CaptnA

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very nice looking bow! I started off shooting my dad's long bow, moved to a recurve, then a compound. Now I find myself wanting to go more simple again.
 

merrill77

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Chris
Man, my kids would be happy if I'd make them a real bow. Looking at that beauty makes me want to do it (and keep it for myself!).
 

Gofor

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Beautiful craftsmanship. My dad made my brother and me a couple longbows back in the late '50s, one of lemon wood and the other purple heart, both laminated with "panther glass". About 30lb pull. Must admit, those were a far cry from this work of art. Shooting compounds now, but may consider traditional in the future.

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