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Offline lenador

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Re: Snaky Osage
« Reply #45 on: September 15, 2023, 07:36:19 pm »
It's looking good to me. Mine has a little twist. I was going to try to heat it out

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« Reply #46 on: September 16, 2023, 04:59:16 pm »
I probably screwed it up but, I steamed one of the limbs and clamped it down today. I didnít know if it would be a problem but I clamped it back of the bow up. The belly was nice and flat so I figured Iíd try it that way. Hopefully I didnít goof it up.

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« Reply #47 on: September 16, 2023, 07:06:27 pm »
It shouldn't matter with a flat form, steam only and no dry heat on the back.
Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes!    Pat Brennan  Brevard, NC

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« Reply #48 on: September 16, 2023, 08:12:02 pm »
Looks like your on the right track mike.  I probably would have done the same.   Those little wallpaper steamers work well.  Should be a lot more predictable now on the tiller
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« Reply #49 on: September 16, 2023, 08:23:58 pm »
Couldnít wait any longer so after about 3 hours I went out and unclamped my bow. It was still damp on the belly but it was much much straighter then it started out. Took a bunch of the wonky stuff out of the limb. But it might have a crack in it along the edge. Maybe. The limb was wet and the steaming raised the grain on it a bunch so Iím going to wait till tomorrow and take a really good look at it. Itís close to the edge and if itís cracked Iím going to see if I can narrow the limb and save it that way. It was about a inch and a half wide and the area where it might be cracked is less than a quarter inch from the edge. Itís cracked and I can fix it Iíll just shoot for about 35 40 lbs of draw weight. Crossing my fingers and hoping itís okay

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« Reply #50 on: September 16, 2023, 08:32:15 pm »
Yep I like my little steamer Dave. I put the limb inside of a downspout about the length of the limb. One end I taped close and stuffed a rag in the other end. Steamed it for about a hour before I clamped it.

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« Reply #51 on: September 18, 2023, 10:44:22 am »
Steamed the other side yesterday. Came out okay. Today Iím trying to get it straightened out a little more with dry heat and a little oil. I just have a feeling Iím probably gonna kill it. Iíll know more in a couple hours when I unclamp it. Even if I do Iíve learned a lot from this piece of wood. Hoping for the best but not gonna sweat it.

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« Reply #52 on: September 18, 2023, 01:28:55 pm »
Okay so I just took my bow off the form after bending it with heat and while Iím not convinced Iím going to be able to make a bow with it Iím feeling better.
Some before and after pictures

Before

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« Reply #53 on: September 18, 2023, 01:29:56 pm »
After

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« Reply #54 on: September 18, 2023, 01:30:56 pm »
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« Reply #55 on: September 18, 2023, 01:43:49 pm »
And another with my lazer shooting down the length

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« Reply #56 on: September 18, 2023, 01:45:29 pm »
Here is my lazer going over the handle. The little arrow is where the shelf is

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« Reply #57 on: September 18, 2023, 01:58:18 pm »
It doesn't matter where the lazer line lays now with the bow laying flat. Once you get to low brace you will be able to tell how the string tracks.
 Try to be more positive about the outcome of this bow or it probably won't come out good.
Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes!    Pat Brennan  Brevard, NC

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« Reply #58 on: September 18, 2023, 02:07:39 pm »
Thanks Pat. Iím going to give it a few days to let the moisture content even back out then I might try putting the long string back on it and see how it bends pulling it 6-8 inches. Then try to tiller it down to where I can get it to brace with a longer string. Then Iíll go from there.
Iíll try to be more positive.
Thanks again

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« Reply #59 on: September 18, 2023, 08:41:16 pm »
Looks like great progress mike.  Iíd say your in good shape here
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