Walnut and Wenge Recurve Bow

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Project by Chemeleon posted 09-24-2013 12:37 AM 28608 views 63 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished up this latest bow – 40# draw @ 28”, 68” long. The riser and deco layer in the limbs are made of curly english walnut and wenge, finished with a coat of boiled linseed oil and then three coats of helmsman urethane. The limbs have fiberglass on either side, with a strip of hickory and then the deco layer that has an angled fade from the walnut to wenge.

I’ve not yet clocked the arrow speed from it, but it draws and shoots very smoothly and seems to have good penetration against my target.

This one is for a friend over in the Netherlands, the wood choice and emblem on the side (an icon from Skyrim) were his choices. I’m not sure I would normally have picked two dark woods like that, but have to say I really like how they look together.


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#1 posted 09-24-2013 12:45 AM

Great job!! Looks incredible.
With that bow, it won’t matter if your friend is a good shot or not. He will look good using it.

Where did you get the plans for it?
I’d love to try making one. Love my compound bow, but would like to make a recurved bow.

Thanks, and once again, great job

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#2 posted 09-24-2013 12:49 AM

Awesome job!

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#3 posted 09-24-2013 12:49 AM

Nice bow, my old bow was a D&H Super D. Someone shut the tip in the trunk-lid and that was that. I really like the idea of a take down. Also I had a Burger Button and flipper rest II, notice that you just use the shelf. Are bows going back to the earlier configurations?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#4 posted 09-24-2013 01:02 AM

Personally, I’m not a fan of all the gadgets people put on bows, especially on compounds. While I get it for hunting, for target shooting it just seems like cheating to me :). I dont see any need for a fancy bolt on arrow rest though – this is just a piece of fake fur, and especially after you’ve made some shots and sorta pressed a groove into it, the arrows sit on it just fine.

Kevin, no plans used, though Bingham Projects (where I get the fiberglass strips from) sells plans and kits. I just looked up pictures of a bunch of takedown bows and drew up a template for a similar riser design, and then mostly just guessed at the limb shape. First one had a little too much recurve, made it hard to string (and those limbs twisted on me anyway). Second one I played it safe, but it didnt have enough recurve for my taste, so then the third limb form I just split the difference between the other two and it worked well.

The important thing, is you pretty much have to have a drum or wide belt sander if you’re going to make your own limb laminations. It seems to only take a few thousandths of an inch variation side to side to cause a limb to twist on you. Other than that though, they’re a fairly easy build really.


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#5 posted 09-24-2013 01:34 AM

Beautiful bow, great combination of woods.
a recurve with fiberglass laminations has been on my want- to- do- list for a couple of years and this is inspiring!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#6 posted 09-24-2013 01:35 AM

Am I looking at a real left-hand draw? I can’t find a boyer in my area who builds leftys. I’ve been working on my own takedown but it’s nowhere near as nice as this one. Great work!

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#7 posted 09-24-2013 01:40 AM

This one’s right hand draw, but left hand is no harder to make – the only tricky bit is remembering to cut the sight window/arrow shelf on the other side :) The previous one I made was a lefty, I think I double checked things a half dozen times before I started cutting to be sure I didn’t have it backwards.


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#8 posted 09-24-2013 04:18 AM

Looks great!

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#9 posted 09-24-2013 11:34 AM

wow great bow!!

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#10 posted 09-24-2013 11:35 AM

Shared this with my Son.


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#11 posted 09-24-2013 12:49 PM

Another one for the bucket list

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#12 posted 09-24-2013 01:30 PM

absolutely impressive. I still wont give up my compound, but this is quite nice!

-- "Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light, and some 'cause they feel the heat." --Ray Wiley Hubbard

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#13 posted 09-24-2013 04:22 PM

Fantastic! Really, really like what you’ve accomplished. Beautiful riser.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#14 posted 09-24-2013 05:04 PM

Wow! That is a great looking bow. I might almost be tempted to switch from compound to recurve if I could make one that looked half as good. I’ll have to ponder that as a project for after hunting season is done.

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#15 posted 09-24-2013 05:45 PM

A magnificent bow!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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