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Pat B
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As I'm tillering I'll bring the working limb back to or into the fades. This will be a stiff handled bow, not a bendy. The ALBs are stiff handled.

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Pat, It's looking good so far. I've always enjoyed your build a longs. I've learned a lot!

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Pat B
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Thanks Lee. Just passing on what others taught me.

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Looking nice, Pat..
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Pat B
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I need to get back on it but my basement shop is too cold now, not PA cold but NC cold. [saywhat]

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Pat B
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I did a little wood removal by sawing along the drawn lines on both sides of each limb at about a 45deg angle. This removed enough wood so I can see a little bend when I floor tiller...
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I also cut the fade areas...
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It's just too damned cold in my basement shop(34deg) to work down there so as soon as this cold snap breaks I'll use a rasp to pre-tiller the limbs so I get a smooth, even bend then I'll be ready for glue-up.

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Man oh man.......that is shaping up nicely. [thumbsup]

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Looking good, Pat. Was -3 here this morning.
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We were +3, Roy but my shop was 34. We have a January thaw coming this week. Tonight is the last below freezing for a week..with rain...which we need.

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The shop got up to 40 so I did a little more work today. I started by rasping the belly to the line I drew along the side. I'm crowning the belly now as I remove wood but will flatten it out later. Lemonwood is susceptible to fretting so I'll flatten the belly to allow the stresses to be evened out instead of concentrated down the crown. I clean up the tool marks with scraper after each wood removal and I round the belly corners to prevent splinters. I found that lemonwood splinters fester pretty bad.
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...I marked an area that got cut a bit thin as I removed the corners with the bandsaw with "X"s so I stay away from it until the rest of the limb is at that thickness...
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...after removing wood from both limbs and smoothing out the tool marks with a scraper I floor tillered both limbs. This area where the oval is is a stiff spot where I will scrape until it's the same as the rest...
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Next I drew another line about 1/8" below the other line down both sides of both limbs to be the next area to remove wood too...
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...when I do this I go from tip to tip, through the handle to insure both limbs are the same thickness on both sides...
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That's all for today.

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I did a little more work today. In can see in the pics I need to scrape a little more so I have a nice even bend in both limbs.
This is the glue-up form I'll be using. The blocks at the tips are 3 1/4" where the tips rest and the handle area drops about 2" to the base. It's not much reflex but I think plenty for this style bow. After shooting in the bow should be pretty flat.
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Still have plenty of strength even without the backing so I'll remove more wood and get her bending smoother.

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Looks nice, Pat.
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Looking good Pat.
Is there a reason you don't see many people using lemonwood anymore? Is it supply or just that we found better exotics to use? Ipe for instance. I've read about lemonwood being used a lot in the past, but this is the 1st current build I've seen in my 2 years of trying to build bows.

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