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Shredd
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I don't know if this has been mentioned before or if anyone else is doing this...

Here is a tip for those who lay-up their bows at room temperature... If the temp. gets below 70 degrees or you want to speed up the curing process, Wrap your form in an electric blanket and then cover it with a another blanket or comforter...

Happy Holidays Folks...

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Sleeping bags [Smile]
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Well now, that's not room temperature then is it? [dunno] [jumper] [laughing]
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[biglaugh]

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Shredd that's a good idea. I'm not up to that level yet with my bow making. However ive used electric blankets in an unheated shop for glue ups on furniture, rockers for chairs and such. I also use them on occasion in a t-pee fashion when I have a finish curing and the temps will drop to low. They work great, and you can get them dirt cheap at yard sells or goodwill. Thanks for sharing a cool trick.
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Dear Mr. Carpenter in Florida.

I need to come down there and build ya a hot box? [Smile]

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In the winter when the heat is on I will take it inside and place your form next to a heat register and cover it with a couple blankets. Sure, the room may cool down but the bow won't
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Shredd
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C'mon down Roy... Don't forget your suntan lotion and your water wings... [Smile]

I got three hot boxes... 6' one, 4' one and tiny one for keeping my epoxy warm... I just use them to post cure my bows... I don't like putting my forms in the oven... Limited space made me keep my boxes to the small side. The light bulbs are to one side and I feel the it heats one side of the form too much and could could warp it...

The blanket works great for those chilly days down here... Maybe if I plug it into the 220 line I could post cure my bows and get rid of my boxes all together... [Smile]

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Let me know how the 220 works [scared] [scared]

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Climb the pole and go 440! [biglaugh]

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Shredd
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Now we're Talking... LOL... Maybe a sprinkle gasoline and plug it in while standing in a puddle of water...
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I have been using the elec blanket for a while caught the idea out of Adam Korpwicz composite bow book I'm using it as we speak on a BBH bow this morning ,if you use 2 of them folded over I can get 130 % F I need to build a proper hot box my problem is room in the shop !
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Shredd
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Trust me... I think you will be fine with that... Too much heat can mess things up, increase pressure in hose, warp forms, dry out and crack wood... People build bows without any heat at all... And them damn boxes take up a lot of precious room...
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quote:
Originally posted by Shredd:
Trust me... I think you will be fine with that... Too much heat can mess things up, increase pressure in hose, warp forms, dry out and crack wood... People build bows without any heat at all... And them damn boxes take up a lot of precious room...

Those are all problems to do with using wood at too high an m.c. not heat problems [Wink]
When your wood is at the correct m.c. you won't have any of those problems.

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