Long bow #2: Bow tiller - for long bow building

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Blog entry by mafe posted 06-19-2019 12:42 PM 521 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Bow tiller
for long bow building.

Here a quick post on the bow tiller,

Ran a piece of trash wood, from some packing, through the lunch box planner.
Then a series of repetitive cuts, on the table saw, to make a hold for the bow handle, to rest in.
(I should have taken out my jig, as this was a wee wobbly and not safe…).
Also you can see I have to change my planner blades, they have some nicks / chips in them now, grrrrrrr, must have run through some stone or metal…

Nothing a hand plane cand remove in a pass or two.

On one side, I mark out steps of 3 cm, I make the first one quite close to the hold, so I can apply almost no tension at first.

Repeat until 70cm, this is my draw length, from hand to front of my face, this is the max the bow will be bend.

Like this.

Then three cuts after eachother.

All the way down.

To protect the sting, the cuts are made smooth and all sharp edges are removed.

Like so.

That should be gentle for the string.

Finally I add some leather at the base, so the handle will not be scratched.

And we got a tiller.
That’s easy!, yes?


Now the bow can be mounted in the tiller.

String runs smooth.

Made some loose leather pieces, to support the sides also.

Like this I can shim it up, for any size.

Now it’s just to work on the bow.

Hmmmm, perhaps I should make a foot for it, so it can stand on the floor… Like a christmas tree foot… Ahhh stop MaFe!

Hope it can be to some inspiration, smiles to all of you.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

5 comments so far

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#1 posted 06-19-2019 12:55 PM

Sweet! Hope you get time to “shoot in” the bow!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 06-19-2019 04:06 PM

And it’s just that simple! Nice!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#3 posted 06-19-2019 04:32 PM

Hopefully we get to see a wonderful Mads posting on the making of the long bow! I tried one once and it snapped while tillering. :-( I’d love to rectify that failure someday. —Brian – Michigan, USA

-- --bch

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 06-19-2019 06:00 PM

Very NICE… I bow to you and your Bow! :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 06-19-2019 07:40 PM

That is a real neat way of getting the bow equal and you made it so easily!
cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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