Really been enjoying this thread, some very good tips. About the plastic wrap, I have been having very good luck using the .4 mil painters plastic. It comes in a roll and has 4 folds, 2 of the folds are a little wider than the other 2, I measure off about 8" longer than my glass. I cut along the folds, using the wider pieces for 1pc recurves. I do my layups on the plastic, on a table, then wrap my layup (take gloves off before wrapping) I then use masking tape to secure wrap and fold the ends over to catch any squeeze out I then can lay bundle on form. Since the plastic is somewhat clear and I have marked the center on my riser laminations and glass, I can line everything up with the center of my form.
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I think most know this but it does make a difference and may help a new bowyer but air up the hose very slowly. Say like 5-10 psi then let the glue squeeze out a bit then another 10 psi the repeat. This will aid in keeping the lams from moving as much.
I also pay attention to how I apply the glue in the back and belly so I do not get a bubble or dry spot under the glass. I will leave the center of the lams just a little thicker so whenpressure is applies the glue squeezes out and doesn’t trap any air.
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