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Title: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: Eric Krewson on May 14, 2019, 10:23:28 am
Here goes;

First I glued all the parts back together to give me a surface to glue to. The string acts as a very strong clamp for irregular shapes.
Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: Eric Krewson on May 14, 2019, 10:24:19 am
Next I filed away all the previous overlays;
Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: Eric Krewson on May 14, 2019, 10:25:17 am
I bent a new overlay on the same form I bent the static tips;

Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: Eric Krewson on May 14, 2019, 10:26:31 am
Test fit, pretty good;
Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: Eric Krewson on May 14, 2019, 10:28:50 am
Glued up and waiting for the next step;
Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: bradsmith2010 on May 14, 2019, 11:46:29 am
looking good,, )P(
Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: hoosierf on May 14, 2019, 06:29:00 pm
Nice job. If I tried that the overlay would pop right off. Doh!
Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: NorthHeart on May 14, 2019, 08:11:21 pm
Nice!
Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: Eric Krewson on May 16, 2019, 01:57:22 pm
A blurry picture but the first lam is on;

Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: Eric Krewson on May 16, 2019, 02:03:18 pm
The second lam turned out to be a real pain to get bent just right. The first lam could be any shape and it would go on perfectly. The second one had to be perfectly bent for a perfect fit with no tension that might weaken the glue line.

I made 4 different forms and bent the wood at least a dozen times but it never fit good enough end to end. I finally used my contour gage to give me a good pattern to cut my 4th bending form. 



Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: Eric Krewson on May 16, 2019, 02:05:25 pm
A little sanding and filing and the fit is gap free.

Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: Eric Krewson on May 16, 2019, 02:07:45 pm
I got out of sequence, this is the improved perfect match form bending the last lam.

Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: Eric Krewson on May 16, 2019, 02:09:04 pm
I will put on a long nock overlay later to further strengthen the static bend so there won't be a chance of it flexing.

Waiting for the glue to cure;

Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: JW_Halverson on May 16, 2019, 02:59:45 pm
It's like watching a surgeon reattach a severed limb!
Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: doulosparachristos on May 17, 2019, 03:02:43 pm
Iím already loving this!
Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: Hawkdancer on May 17, 2019, 11:59:01 pm
I agree with JDub!!  Almost makes me think I could do that myself - Not!  You make it look simple, Eric!  Should be a solid fix.  Great work!
Hawkdancer
Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: Eric Krewson on May 25, 2019, 11:33:26 am
Back on the fix;

I glued on a long nock overlay to further reinforce the tip. I bent at least 6 pieces of wood before I got one to bend without cracking. I shaped the overlay and cut a grove across the back to mark my string grooves on the sides.


Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: Eric Krewson on May 25, 2019, 11:35:39 am
I did some more shaping and cut all the string grooves where I wanted them;

Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: Eric Krewson on May 25, 2019, 11:38:07 am
DONE! Final shaping and the first coat of finish on, you can see my glue lines and how the back and belly lams reinforce each other. I shot the bow before I put a finish on it, it shot well.

Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: DC on May 25, 2019, 12:41:21 pm
Looks great! Now break the other one so they match ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: Eric Krewson on May 25, 2019, 12:45:16 pm
The hard part was bending the lams for a perfect fit, I made a lot of scrap wood and kindling in the process.
Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: kbear on May 25, 2019, 01:30:01 pm
Wow, what great work. You are indeed a master craftsman Eric!
Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: bentstick54 on May 25, 2019, 07:22:07 pm
Beautiful repair Eric. Your are a master craftsman in my book.
Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: ohma2 on May 26, 2019, 08:05:02 am
How about a full draw pic of the bow .like to see iT.
Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: bradsmith2010 on May 26, 2019, 09:03:56 am
looks great ,, congrats on the fix,, Im sure she will be so pleased to shoot it again,,has a bit more character now,, (-S
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Post by: Eric Krewson on June 01, 2019, 05:34:50 pm
Just an update; Julia Norris won the selfbow shootout at the Hill shoot at Tannehill park in Alabama this afternoon with the bow I repaired for her. In this event both men and women competed against each other, Julia whooped all the men and the women. I am proud of her accomplishment.

This is a picture of Julia shooting the bow before it broke.
 
Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: Deerhunter21 on June 01, 2019, 07:23:19 pm
Wow that's pretty! You do anything to the other side or is it now asymmetrical?
Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: Eric Krewson on June 01, 2019, 08:30:01 pm
I make bows with the top limb 1" longer than the bottom, I measured all the pieces and made the fix exactly the same as the initial bow.
Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: bentstick54 on June 01, 2019, 08:42:09 pm
Thatís awesome Eric. A very talented bowyer, and a very talented archer.
Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: Hawkdancer on June 01, 2019, 10:03:43 pm
Great job and kudos to you both!  Great to see her holding the bow in her right hand! (SH) >:D (lol)!
Hawkdancer
Title: Re: fixing the worst of the worst, getting it done
Post by: ohma2 on June 02, 2019, 06:27:15 am
Thats great for both of you