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twitchstick
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4est trekker I have question regarding the handle. On my frist failed board bow I felt the handle section was a tad to small for my hand. I like the updated handle idea on page 21. When I shape the handle can I just round the fades more or do I have to change the width of the limb too?
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Twitchstick: You can round the fades more in the non-working (i.e. thicker) section. I hope that helps. [Smile]

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Yes,and again thanks for all your time.
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I came along recently and found this build-along. I recently retired and have a little time on my hands so I figured I could pass some of it by giving this a try.

I didn't take any pictures during the basic building steps but I did make a bit of a video when I first tested the bow (linked in here).

I used a 1 x 3 instead of a 1x4 and left the limbs about .480".

Here's a video of the first shots and a little of the bow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3u1mWoIwXI

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Red Tailed Hawk
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Nice bow DaveKing, What poundage did you wind up at?

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I used the family scale and measured about 41# at 26"
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Nice looking bow, seems to shoot well also. Congrats!!

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Ok I'm gonna try the mollegabet. I have some cool looking linen to back it with. I'll post a build on it if it doesn't explode. d;^)

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Looking at this build, I am wondering about the recurve style tips. Do they have to be same wood or can they be layered with other woods mainly for cosmetics.

Matt

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the glued on micro recurves are non working so they can be any type of wood you want.
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I am new to tradgang. I have been shooting traditional for about 20 years now and have finally become interested in trying to make my own bow. I want to have that connection that only making your own could have. I am in Vancouver Washington and was wondering if you know anyone close enough to drive to for a class. I don't want to " wing it" for the first bow. I need to learn some before trying it on my own. I would appreciate any help.

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Forgot.... please send me a PM or e-mail me at kingvw1@yahoo.com Thanks all!!

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Dave Bowers
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Mike trying it for the first time is all about the experience. Follow 4est's thread here and you'll have a bow.

Pretty everyone that posted pics was in your shoe's

Go grad a board and go for it

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A question for 4est or whoever can answer: What about a pyramid red oak bow that's about 1 1/4 inch at fades to 1/2 inch at tips? Will this work if i make the belly thin/flat enough? Should i use the pyramid uniform thickness, or more of a tapered thickness with these width dimensions? I'm using a piece i was gonna layout for a somewhat elb profile for my wife, but she wants a handle with fades, etc., so i'm changing it up. Wanna keep the draw light for now, bout 20-25#.

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I think I built one pretty close to that about a year and a half ago and it turned out nice....had about a thousand shots or more run through it. I think it might be about 28# at 28in.
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