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Offline Grandpa Bill

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Vertical Checks in Red Cedar Bow - Is it Firewood?
« on: March 18, 2018, 11:44:34 am »
I just finished my newest bow - Rawhide backed red cedar - 35# @ 27"

After I started shooting the bow in, I noticed what looked like drying checks on both limbs.  I have never seen this on any of my other bows and don't know if this bow is fixable or is it firewood??
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Offline Mo_coon-catcher

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Re: Vertical Checks in Red Cedar Bow - Is it Firewood?
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2018, 11:55:17 am »
I would just shoot in some thin super glue into the cracks. And Id get near the edges without running out. Just put a silk or sinew thread wrap ther and super glue the wraps. That should be enough to keep it together. If the cracks runout the sides. I would do the same but expect it to become toothpicks in the not so distant future.

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Re: Vertical Checks in Red Cedar Bow - Is it Firewood?
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2018, 01:57:18 pm »
+1 Is that Eastern Red cedar? It looks very much like Western Red Cedar.
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Offline Eric Krewson

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Re: Vertical Checks in Red Cedar Bow - Is it Firewood?
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2018, 02:14:16 pm »
Red cedar for sure, western cedar is tan to light brown and very porous. 

Offline Brevi

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Re: Vertical Checks in Red Cedar Bow - Is it Firewood?
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2018, 09:02:06 pm »
i live in the land of western red cedar , which of course everyone within 400 miles calls cedar . 

The stuff used in the linings of chests we call by the various book names but never cedar

Lots of regional / local names for various woods ..  it gets confusing with names like cypress or ironwood   (-P

btw the pic does look quite a bit like Western Red Cedar even though it is hopefully juniper heartwood , which can look like western red cedar especially in photos

Offline George Tsoukalas

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Re: Vertical Checks in Red Cedar Bow - Is it Firewood?
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2018, 07:01:55 am »
Yes on the superglue and then clamp it. Jawge
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Offline Grandpa Bill

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Re: Vertical Checks in Red Cedar Bow - Is it Firewood?
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2018, 03:17:19 pm »
Thanks everyone for the information.  I still am curious why it would split like that.  I know the limbs are not overstressed, it has taken no set whatsoever. 

For what its worth, it was a board from Austin Hardwood labeled Aromatic Red Cedar.  I was never completely confident in the wood which is why I backed it with rawhide.  I really like the look of it so I think I will try the SuperGlue and clamps and enjoy it till it goes on the woodpile.

Bill
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Offline Eric Krewson

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Re: Vertical Checks in Red Cedar Bow - Is it Firewood?
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2018, 07:18:38 pm »
I have filled more drying checks on bows with superglue than I can remember, I prefer to fill the crack until  it won't hold anymore, no clamps, I want as much glue in the cracks as i can get in.

I have never had a failure of one of my filled cracks.

Offline Grandpa Bill

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Re: Vertical Checks in Red Cedar Bow - Is it Firewood?
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2018, 08:30:51 pm »
Thanks Eric....that makes me feel better about doing the fix.

Bill
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