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Offline Oldvol

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1st time bow attempt
« on: March 02, 2021, 04:51:15 pm »
Ready to try to make 1st bow. I have a hickory board that is 72”L x 1 3/4W x 1/2” T. Is it too narrow for a 64” pyramid style bow? Should I back the bow with rawhide? Seeking guidance and advice.

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Re: 1st time bow attempt
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2021, 05:08:23 pm »
Welcome to PA Oldvol!!! I think a pyramid style bow would be fine! if you chose a good board you shouldnt need to back it. do you have a picture of the board?
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Offline Pat B

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Re: 1st time bow attempt
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2021, 06:58:42 pm »
What Deerhunter21 said.  :OK
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Re: 1st time bow attempt
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2021, 08:57:29 pm »
 Thanks for the reply’s. How do I post pictures?

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Re: 1st time bow attempt
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2021, 03:15:34 am »
Welcome aboard, Oldvol!  When you figure out the picture thing, let me know (lol)!
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Re: 1st time bow attempt
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2021, 10:31:06 am »
Lots of us find it easier to use a photo hosting site like "Imgur" that are free. They will resize your pics so they can easily be posted on web sites and forums. Usually it is using the correct pic size that are allowed on sites.
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Offline mmattockx

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Re: 1st time bow attempt
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2021, 11:23:40 am »
Ready to try to make 1st bow. I have a hickory board that is 72”L x 1 3/4W x 1/2” T. Is it too narrow for a 64” pyramid style bow? Should I back the bow with rawhide? Seeking guidance and advice.

Target draw weight? Draw length? Do you already shoot now or are you new to archery as well?


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Offline Oldvol

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Re: 1st time bow attempt
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2021, 09:27:55 pm »
I am completely new to archery. Target draw weight is 45 lb. at 26 inches. I purchased this board online from Lumbermanco in NE. It is supposed to be specifically for bow making. Grain looks decent. There is some minor run off which I intend to put on the belly. I am still watching “how to” videos.

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Re: 1st time bow attempt
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2021, 09:50:19 pm »
I am completely new to archery. Target draw weight is 45 lb. at 26 inches.

In that case you don't really know what your draw length will be, so I would suggest tillering it out to an inch longer than you think you need just in case. I would also suggest dropping your target weight to at least 40lb, if not less. If you have never shot before you will find anything much over 35lb pretty hard to draw and hold, and that leads to bad habits and poor form.


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Re: 1st time bow attempt
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2021, 10:05:27 pm »
Will do. Thanks

Offline Oldvol

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Re: 1st time bow attempt
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2021, 03:05:35 pm »
Progress report: Have started floor tillering and it is measuring 35# at 17 inches. Using the gizmo as I go. The right limb is currently stronger than the left. Pencil lines on the lower half of the left limb and lines on the entire length of the right. Should I remove material from both limbs where needed or only the right limb until they both balance? Also my tillering string had very little sag when I first startled and now has about 8”. Is that normal or have I made a mistake?

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Re: 1st time bow attempt
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2021, 09:27:27 am »
You can remove wood from both limbs, as gizmo indicates. I'd try and get everything as even as you can as soon a you can before moving on even if that means losing some draw weight.

Sometimes new strings stretch or knots pull a bit so the string "gets longer" that's no big deal just tighten it back up and continue. If your piece is gaining set thats a different story and you need to ask why and correct things. such as tiller or MC

Hope that all makes sense, good luck! Pictures do help a lot :)
Mike