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chall
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Thanks for posting.

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Eric Hall, Chris Hall , Cyndy Hall

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Bear with me guys. I don't get a lot of time to work on it.
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Take all the time you need as long as you hurry up.

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Never worked with glass or even made a laminated bow of any kind, but I am thoroughly enjoying this build along. Thanks for sharing.
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JGR1269
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Since my tiller is good and my limbs are straight, I can taper my limbs a little more from about 1" beyond the fades to the tips.
I retaped the limbs, marked the width and ran a straight edge from the fades to the marks at the tips and left a line to follow.

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I take the material off on the disc/belt sander.

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Now I clamp the bow to the bench and run a block with 80 grit on the limb edge to take out any high spots.

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It's time to file the grooves through the tip overlays. I mark it out with tape so I have a good guide to keep them the same from side to side.

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I file just deep enough so the top edge of the file is flush with the limb edge.

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Now I connect the sides with tape as a guide.

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I file all the way through the top layer of Bocote
until I hear the file hit the first glass layer.

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I measure down 3/8" from the straight groove and put a mark.

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I apply a piece of tape as a guide.

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Again, I file to the same depth as before.

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Using a rotary file I remove the center section.

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Then with a square file I level it out.

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They're roughed in for now and I'll finish them up when I shape the tips.

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Great stuff!

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Good stuff, Jon. Keep it coming!!

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Excellent way to do the tips!
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JGR1269
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I worked on my tip overlays for a couple hours this afternoon. I pretty much have them where I want them other than a little final tweaking.

I marked out the rough shape by tracing the edge of a roll of masking tape to get the curves.

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Then I remove the material on the spindle sander.

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I put a piece of 1" aluminum tape on the limb at the base of the overlay to protect the glass. After some filing, sanding and shaping I end up with it roughed in.

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Then I go to work on the belly side of the tip where I file another groove track for the string to lay in. This will give the end loop a consistent place to lay at brace. Here you can see it on the left side of the string groove.

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I do the same on the right side and rough in the rest of the belly side of the tip.

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I may need to do a little finish work to make it perfect but I'll do that upon final sanding.

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Tomorrow I'll go the work on the spindle sander and get the grip area shaped.

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awesome work!
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thanks for posting , it is looking awesome . I really like the tips.

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I went to work this morning on shaping the grip and blending the handle into the fadeout area. I did everything on the oscillating spindle sander with a 2" drum and some 50 grit sanding sleeves. When I first started using this sander I went through the 80 grit 4 1/2" sleeve that came with it pretty fast. So, I came up with the idea of using three 2" x 1 1/2" sleeves that I could stack instead of one 4 1/2" sleeve. This way I can rotate them around when they start to wear and utilize the full face of the sleeve. It has worked great and I have done several bows with these 3 sleeves.

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I start out by matching the throat area up to the 2" drum. Remember, I started with a 1 5/8" hole that I bored with a Forstner bit.

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I also took some material off the heel of the grip since I cut it big to start with.

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Now I start taking the width down in the throat area on both sides of the grip.

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Here's a shot of the shelf edge after I get the rough shape I want.

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After some work I have the whole grip and the palm swell where it feels perfect for my hand.

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Now I'll go to work on blending the transition from the grip area to the limbs. I lay it out with masking tape and start sanding.

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I rough it in close and will finish it up with some 80 grit on a block before final sanding.

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I have to do a little detail work on the belly side where the limb blends into the heel of the grip.

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I do the same thing on the thumb side of the riser and blend the limbs into the offset in the handle.

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I'm pretty much done with roughing in and now it's ready to be hit with a sanding block and lots of hand work.

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Maybe later today I can get back on it and get the limb edges rounded. I don't want to take much off so I can keep the poundage close to where it's at right now. This is going to be one of my hunting bows for this season so I have something special planned for the finish on it. I've never tried it before but if it works out the way I plan, it will definitely change the way I put a finish on my bows. Stay tuned...

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Tuned in
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