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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 10-29-2019, 06:06 PM   #1
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...so figured since there`s no metal work going on in the garage for the foreseeable future might as well make one as nearly all of the needed materials can already be found around the house.



For this project I selected Rosegum and Jarrah as the woods partly for their characteristics and mostly because both can already be found from the wood rack. Pros and cons for these are: Rosegum a.k.a. Eucalyptus grandis has a bit of a flex to it even though it`s a fairly dense wood but still fairly easy to work with hand tools. Jarrah a.k.a. Eucalyptus Marginata however is extremely dense and has interlocked grain which makes it so hard it in fact has a dulling effect on cutting edge tools, and as you guessed it is extremely heavy which is why I chose that to be the outer wood as most of it will be cut away so when I`m done with the shaping I should have a fairly pretty riser for what will eventually be a composite recurve takedown bow. And as the more keen viewers probly spotted there are also black veneer between the planks to improve the look, because hell since I had it why not put it to use.




The limbs of this bow will be made from an old pair of skis that belonged to my late father, they are Järvinen RSS Evolution skating skis which are stiffer than normal cross country skis so based on what I`ve found around the internet I`m expecting the finished product to have a draw weight of somewhere around 25-35lbs.



Drawing out the desing making some final adjustments. The original one had all kinds of fantasy talons and stuff but I figured if I commit this much effort to making this I might as well adopt the same doctrine as with the still unfinished guitar project that I will make it so I can still in my seventies say without shame to my grandchildren that yes papa made that when I was young.





Good lord this stuff is hard... the sawed off surface is actually smooth enough to somewhat gleam. That`s as far as I got today as my vice decided to break when changing position so had to dedicate the rest of today`s "noise time" to fixing that.

Watch this space for further updates in case you happen to be interested and/or know something about bows. Feedback is also welcome, negative in particular as long as it`s in constructive method as that`s when we learn. I`m not that interested in the penetrating or stopping power of the finished product as I am with the whole concept of spring powered weaponry, be it a bow a slingshot or something in between.

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build off bow?
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Just a short jaunt at woodworking before I fill the garage with things that go braap again.

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Wow.
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I dig the three layers. I'm in
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What is the thin black material sandwiched in between?
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Wood veneer, not entirely sure what wood but assuming birch, stained through. Got a bunch of offcuts free from a company I used to frequently pickup cargo back in my trucking days.

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cool stuff. subbd

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Just learnt today that my neighbor has a bandsaw at their cabin not too far away so gonna go do the rough shaping there this saturday, also need to buy a new half-moon rasp file as my current one appears to have gone the way of mr.Houdini, trying to get this forward over the weekend.

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lol I LOVE it. I've been a long time bowyer. You have taken on quite a challenge with your little project. My first inclination would be to tell you take maybe put that one aside for a little while and have a go at something a bit simpler...about 3/4 of your bows will break or just not turn out and it can be disappointing if your first take is a dud when you started with nice materials...but I dove in without heeding that advice myself haha (and cried a little but oh well).

This is just the stuff I have hanging above my computer. I've got a whole closet full of bows and about five 5-gallon bucckets full of arrows haha.



My son shooting in 4H. He doesn't score well compared to the other kids, but all the other kids are shooting high end compounds with peeps and lasers and shit...but I think he looks cooler shooting off his wrist with only his eyeballs for sights.



I also really like making bows from PVC. This is my daughter pull testing the one I made for her last winter...38" nock to nock and pulls [email protected]" (only about 15lbs at her draw). It's made from 1" SCH40 pipe and is a clean shooter.



Sorry for the thread jack! I'm just an archery nut and I really like seeing people make their own stuff. I can't wait to see how it turns out!
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