American Flat Bow

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Project by JohnAjluni posted 03-22-2011 07:43 AM 4201 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My you tube video on this project is here!!!!

tools used:

belt sander
jig saw/band saw
2”spring clamps

Materials used:

Maple board
pine board
titebond II

It took me about 4 days to complete this project i worked for about 5 hours a day. This project was very fun and tested my skills in my field!

-- John

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#1 posted 03-22-2011 07:50 AM

How’s it fire? Looks cool!

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#2 posted 03-22-2011 07:56 AM

well its not exactly 100% complete so right now its a bit stiff but eventually it will probably shoot at 40lbs tops. Its made of Maple and has a Pine handle! It was a very interesting project!

-- John

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#3 posted 03-22-2011 08:28 AM

in the right hands

downed, shot, wounded, bullseye, split the apple

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 03-23-2011 12:26 AM

Good project.
Sure you learned a lot making that and thinking ahead on changes. Those bows make you really select and inspect your wood thoroughly before you start cutting into it.
A good lesson for any project.
That looks really good…..............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 03-24-2011 05:33 PM

Great job so far! Love to see that bow at full draw. Do you have any shots of the tillering process? What’s the overall and nock to nock lengths? Any plans to make arrows?

-- "I asked my wife if I look dorky in the video below where I'm planing that long piece of wood. Her reply: "It's all dorky."" - Mitch Roberson from his blog Furnitude

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#6 posted 04-04-2011 10:53 AM

Do you know how to measure the draw weight or do you want advice?
Looks a very nice bow. I used to shoot a flat bow. I love them. Won a few competitions with one too as a kid. Still have my first flat bow 14pound at 20” pull. how i ever reached a target i’ll never know!

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#7 posted 04-05-2011 06:08 AM


-- John

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#8 posted 04-05-2011 10:28 AM

The way the bow maker that made my dads longbows did it was like this.

He had a post in his shed that had a hook to hold the bow horizontal at the handle.
He then used an old small butchers/luggage scales hooked from the string on the pulley system to the string of the bow.
The pulleys was just a simple way to make the pulling easy and control the pull.
The string went from the scales down to a pulley on the floor then back to a pulley higher up then back through the bottom pulley where the string had a simple handle to pull the string with.

Pull the handle of string that is going through the pulleys till you get your desired length of pull of the bow string, say 28”.
The scales will then be showing the pull weight @ 28”.

Your pull length is measured from the tip of your fingers when stretched in front of you too your chin.
You would normally use an arrow for this, but any stick would work.
I would suggest at first to slowly pull the bow with the pulley system so you can listen to the wood and also work the wood slowly to full draw.
He had the lengths measured out every 2” marked on the post so he knew how far he was pulling the bow.

Hopefully that has made sense and is of help

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