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First red oak board bow.

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So....... I took the leap, and it turned out pretty good I think. It's 72" long and 47 pounds at my 28 inch draw. It's made from a plain old 1 x 2 x 6 foot red oak board. I glued on a handle and made a shelf. No backing.



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Excellent tiller!
Bet ya cant build just one

That is a fine job indeed! Wait till ya use it in the field!

FWIW-You might want to look into making a tillering tree with a pulley system. I'll try to get a pic of mine to show you what I mean.

Your current one may work just by adding the pulleys. The main problem with your tree- mine was the same for my 1st bow- is that you can overwork the limbs and risk damaging the limb. With the pulley you can "work" the limbs back and forth "teaching" the limbs to bend properly without over drawing during this critical stage.

Again thats a fine bow! Congrats!! And Welcome Home!!
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That is awesome, I need to finish mine up it is also made from red oak. Yours looks real good.

Did you use any type of backing? I am going to use silk.

Good Job
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Toxopholite said:
Excellent tiller!
Bet ya cant build just one

That is a fine job indeed! Wait till ya use it in the field!

FWIW-You might want to look into making a tillering tree with a pulley system. I'll try to get a pic of mine to show you what I mean.

Your current one may work just by adding the pulleys. The main problem with your tree- mine was the same for my 1st bow- is that you can overwork the limbs and risk damaging the limb. With the pulley you can "work" the limbs back and forth "teaching" the limbs to bend properly without over drawing during this critical stage.

Again thats a fine bow! Congrats!! And Welcome Home!!
Toxo, if you could get a pic up of your tillering tree that would be great
jkhunter said:
That is awesome, I need to finish mine up it is also made from red oak. Yours looks real good.

Did you use any type of backing? I am going to use silk.

Good Job
just reread and saw "no backing"
jkhunter said:
Did you use any type of backing? I am going to use silk.
No. I bought some linen to use, but I hit the red oak jackpot and found a board at Lowes with no run-offs and it wasn't warped. Lucky me!

I'd like to see a picture of that pulley system too. It's a good idea, but I'm a rookie and I haven't seen how it can be done. I assume I just attach a pulley wheel to the bottom of the 2 x 4 and set up something to anchor the tree down so it doesn't move when I pull...
Congrats Rain Man! Looks great!

I'm in the process of drying (and attempting to straighten) a hickory pole to attempt my first build. Jk and I have been back and forth about it several times.
This is very addicting, I have two hickory stave bows going a red oak board bow thats close to being finished and this past weekend I striped the bark and white wood of of an osage stave. The osage will have to sit for some time it was cut recently and that's fine because I will need some more practice before I tackle that one.

loridr, You should try the board bow instructions I sent you, it's cheap practice and gives you some tiller experience.

Rain Man, my board bow has the same handle and rest as yours I wonder if we used the same instructions. Did you get yours on the net or is that your own design?
Rain Man said:
I got some guidance from this site:

http://poorfolkbows.com/oak.htm
Yep that's it. I made mine from a 1x3 though it's wider and shorter than the one in the build-a-long.
jkhunter said:
loridr, You should try the board bow instructions I sent you, it's cheap practice and gives you some tiller experience.
That's good advice JK and I think I'll do just that while my "magic" stave
is drying, although I think I'll try to get a hickory board from the Hardwood Warehouse in my area and give that a go instead of oak.
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Hickory would be better I wish I could find it around here.

I can't wait to see the magic in that bow that is really cool that it's a local wood from an area you hunt.

I get my stave's on eBay just like the Indians used too
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jkhunter said:
Hickory would be better I wish I could find it around here.

I can't wait to see the magic in that bow that is really cool that it's a local wood from an area you hunt.

I get my stave's on eBay just like the Indians used too
Have you checked with the Long Barn in Ebensburg,814 472-9122 ,right off of 22, they might have some hickory. ask for the lumber yard if you call,that where I order my walnut and butternut from.
I'm actually going to Altoona next month, maybe I'll stop in.

Thanks for the info
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jkhunter said:
Hickory would be better I wish I could find it around here.

I can't wait to see the magic in that bow that is really cool that it's a local wood from an area you hunt.

I get my stave's on eBay just like the Indians used too
Well, I know there鈥檚 magic in that wood, question remains whether there鈥檚 magic in my hands!
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Heres a few pics: 1st is the tree at rest.







Hope it helps!!
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Using a tree isnt necessary to make a selfbow. Natives didnt need one but had a good eye and feel. For the novice bowyers it is a big help.
I like the graph behind it to see precisely how the limbs are bending. It's definitely more accurate than mine. Thanks for the idea and the pics
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