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Project by Don W posted 03-30-2021 01:21 AM 1415 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It was mentioned I didn’t have any of my bows in my projects. I guess I never though of posting bows on a woodworking site, but they are all wood, so I guess that makes sense.

The first picture is a White Oak, Ash Backed Bow with Bloodwood Handle and Power Lam I just finished. The second is the handle section. 50#@28” draw

Next is a white oak with walnut back reflex deflex bow. Again 50#@28” draw

A reflex deflex in the form

Next is one of my favorites, a walnut backed with maple. 64#@28”draw, although at that weight these old joints creak when I shoot it. It will likely end up going to someone younger.

Last one is a 3 piece take down. 50#@28”

More of my diy stuff at ( plenty more bows arrows and other cool stuff )
https://www.diy.timetestedtools.net

I still have some bows that were made back in the 80s and 90s. Some I can’t remember if I made them or my father did. Some we built together. About a year ago I decided to give the bow and arrow making another run. I’m still at it.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.





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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 03-30-2021 01:33 AM

Sounds like you’re having fun with the bows, Don. And looks like they’ll put arrows down range.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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987Ron

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#2 posted 03-30-2021 01:50 AM

great looking bows. When I was a kid growing up in NE Okla. we used wooden bows to hunt rabbits. Lost a lot of arrows. Your bows brought back memories. Thanks.

-- Ron

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#3 posted 03-30-2021 02:13 AM

Nice work Don. Handle in that 2nd pic came out real nice

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#4 posted 03-30-2021 04:18 AM

Thank you:) spent a lot of time on your site, another thing on my to do list! Them Bows look great!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 03-30-2021 01:05 PM

Love it Don :-) I would love to make a bow just for the experience. It would be hard to leave my crossbow at home and drag it to my treestand but if I had put the time into making it myself, I might just be persuaded. It’s probably more fun to miss with a bow you made yourself, right?

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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splintergroup

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#6 posted 03-30-2021 03:37 PM

Now that is what I consider preserving an old craft that would otherwise become lost with the advent of mass production!

Great work!

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Don W

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#7 posted 03-30-2021 04:42 PM



Love it Don :-) I would love to make a bow just for the experience. It would be hard to leave my crossbow at home and drag it to my treestand but if I had put the time into making it myself, I might just be persuaded. It s probably more fun to miss with a bow you made yourself, right?

- HokieKen

it’s definitely more fun to miss with a bow you made yourself. And I would know. I have lots of experience!

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#8 posted 03-30-2021 06:29 PM

Very nice. I can’t imagine actually trying to shoot a 64 pound traditional bow. I have two recurves. One 40 and the other 43 and they are plenty enough for me to try to shoot. Even at that I shake a good bit after a few shots. I shoot all types of bows but it always cracks me up to see a compound guy in a bow shop and him telling the fella at the counter he wants to try to shoot a 70lb longbow or recurve “because that’s what my compound is”. They are completely different critters. Those are very nice arrows too. They are art form by themselves. Beautiful work all around! I really like the deer skinned quiver too

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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therealSteveN

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#9 posted 03-30-2021 07:30 PM

I agree 64# recurve is a lotta pullin.

Nice work Don.

-- Think safe, be safe

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tbone

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#10 posted 03-30-2021 08:01 PM

Good job. Thanks for posting.

-- Kinky Friedman: "The first thing I'll do if I'm elected is demand a recount."

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Don W

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#11 posted 03-30-2021 08:58 PM

just like all woodworking, sometimes it’s about hiding mistakes and flaws,

https://www.diy.timetestedtools.net/hickory-recurve-bow-break-fix/

Thanks for the interest!!

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#12 posted 03-30-2021 10:55 PM

I’ve been wanting to make a bow for a while. I am thinking about an Osage Orange stave but they are pricey. This is a great project Don. Your bows look magnificent!!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#13 posted 03-30-2021 11:15 PM

Pretty doggone cool.

-- Kevin - Keep the shiny side up

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#14 posted 03-31-2021 12:38 AM

I wish you hadn’t shown me that. I see a rabbit hole opening up. I’ve loved shooting a bow since I was a kid but haven’t done it since I pretended to grow up.

What kind of glue is that in the glue up photo?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Don W

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#15 posted 03-31-2021 12:55 AM



I wish you hadn t shown me that. I see a rabbit hole opening up. I ve loved shooting a bow since I was a kid but haven t done it since I pretended to grow up.

What kind of glue is that in the glue up photo?

- Lazyman

That particular glue is unibond 800, but I’ve gone back to titebond 3. I don’t think the unibond likes the cold. I will use it up this summer. I may try EA40, just because all the cool kids use it, but titebond 3 works really well.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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