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monterey
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For sawing things like sight Windows I bent a.hacksaw frame at a 45 degree angle which keeps the frame from interfering as you cut. It requires followup with rasps but for the tool deprived it gets you there.

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Bvas
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Don't feel bad Monterey, I'm in that tool deprived category as well.
I also use the hacksaw. But after marking out the sight window, I make cuts just shy of full depth about 1/8" apart for the full height of the window. Then I just pop the pieces out with a flat screwdriver and finish with a rasp or file.
I also have a set of small sanding drums from HF that fit in a hand drill. They work well for shaping sight window and grip area. For as cheap as they were, I have been surprised out how well they work and how long they have lasted.

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Bvas
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Made this little mini form this morning. Well almost.... I ran out of dowels. Lol. I get frustrated with clamps sliding around when trying to put overlays on. So I'm hoping this little form will do the trick. Should be able to put a single clamp in the middle and band the rest.
No bows currently being built, so we will have to wait to see if it works.
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Finished it up and tested with a finished bow. I think this will work much better for putting overlays on than the pile of clamps I normally use.
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That works Brad!!

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Hell Yeahhh... Working with C-clamps can be a pain in the Arse... Now you got Me thinking... That could be dangerous... Lol...

Are you gonna use some kind of pressure strip to keep things flat...

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Bvas
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quote:
Originally posted by Shredd:

Are you gonna use some kind of pressure strip to keep things flat...

Yessir. I will use the same as I use on my bow forms.
16ga galvanized steel strip with two wire lamp cord glued down the middle.

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Crooked I like your tip on using the belt sander with the jig. [thumbsup]
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Trux Turning
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Here's how I cut in string groves- I file in the first one, flip the limb over and use a spare file in the cut to line up the top cut.
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here's my poor mans over lay clamp- I secure the overlay with plastic, add a pressure strip and then attach the hose with a rope- air up the hose.
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Hi Tradgangers!
Just a little question to you bowyers: on a bowform,when you working with innertubes, what's the distance from the dowels to the surface of the form?

Greetings, Peter

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Bvas
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Mine are about 2"

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monterey
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Peter, just saw your email. Quick answer is pretty close to bvas, about 2 1/4".

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