Oak Squirrel Bow

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Project by finefirewood posted 04-08-2014 02:19 PM 2439 views 14 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this for my brother who is into archery hunting. It’s made from a 1×3 oak board with good grain for a bow. It’s in the pyramid style of bow, which is good for making a decent weight bow from the board. It pulls 45# at 28” and flings arrows right where you look at 20 yards. Tip overlays are cherry. The handle is stacked oak and maple, wrapped with squirrel hide. It’s very comfortable to hold! The string silencers are squirrel tails wrapped into the string. String is 14 strands of Dacron B50 with a flemish twist at the top, and bowyers know at the bottom. The squirrel drawing was done with a fine tip sharpie. Whole thing finished with clear satin lacquer. This was my third oak bow, first pyramid style. I really like the way it turned out. Thanks for looking.

-- Turning wood into fine firewood, one piece at a time!

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#1 posted 04-08-2014 02:42 PM

Fantastic work, I have always wanted to make a bow. Any advice on where I could find plans for a bow?

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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#2 posted 04-08-2014 04:33 PM

Looks like a nice job on that. I bet it was fun to make and fun to shoot.

I always wanted to make one too, but was always too picky about the wood to get started.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#3 posted 04-08-2014 04:41 PM

Very nice job! Been looking at all the bowyer sites on the web a lot lately. Made myself a vice to hold staves or flat boards. Got to try one of these soon. Really wan to make a take down with a laminated riser. Do you do your own strings? How about a few measurements? Handle? fades? Thicknesses? Widths?

-- Dennis, WV

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#4 posted 04-08-2014 04:48 PM

So I’m guessing he hunts squirrels?

-- Quote from ebay tool listing: " Has nicks and dings wear and tear dust and dirt rust and pitting but in good working condition"

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#5 posted 04-08-2014 07:35 PM

Very Nice Indeed! I recently had to can a Oak Mollegabet due to a hairline crack that I missed. I just made my first Flemish String for one of my Bows and was wondering what’s the advantage of using a Bowyers Knot at one end instead of just looping both? Anyway, very nice and I hope to start another soon.

-- John

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#6 posted 04-08-2014 08:04 PM

Thanks for the comments! For dimensions, it’s 72” tip to tip, 2 1/2” at the fades tapering to 3/8” tips, and just a tick over 1/2” thick from the transition of the handle to the tips. The handle section is 8”, and about 1 1/2” wide. I rounded it to make it fit and feel good and balanced in the hand before wrapping with the fur.

Todd: I’ve looked at many different bow sites ( is a good one) to find basic dimensions for a pyramid bow. One of the simplest I’ve seen is actually on Instructables. Search for pyramid bow there and you should find it.

John: I find that the bowyers knot at the bottom allows me to tweak the length of the string easier than two loops. I’ve done both, but prefer this way.

-- Turning wood into fine firewood, one piece at a time!

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#7 posted 04-10-2014 07:04 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed. Well Done. Thanks for Posting.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#8 posted 04-10-2014 07:13 PM

Very nice work, is there much taper( tillerings) I can’t tell from photos?

I had old Bem Pearson recurve wood bow, had since l was a kid.

My granddaughter wanted to learn, so l set it up for her. She loves it. Later it broke, came apart at glue joints it wasn’t one piece, even the limbs were separate! Cleaned up the joints, reglued, and all is well.
I plan to use this method to build matching one for me.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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#9 posted 04-11-2014 12:29 PM

This design is almost perfectly tillered right off the bat. A little sanding/scraping here and there, but it was bending very nice. With a pyramid bow like this, the thickness is constant from where the handle blends to the tips. You still have to tiller it out, but it’s a lot closer from the start than if you make one from stave.

-- Turning wood into fine firewood, one piece at a time!

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#10 posted 04-11-2014 05:58 PM

Thanks for the extra details. I am thinking, this would a good project for us to do together.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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