The bow popped of the form well and the glue buggers were sanded off. The next step was to remove the old tape.
After that tape was taken off some clean tape was put on and we found our center.
We then marked our center line down the whole length of the blank.
After the center was marked we laid our template down and traced it on the tape.
Then it was out to the garage to cut our our limbs and sand them to our line. When this was complete our string grooves were filed in. I use a drill bit to help visualize where the one on the opposite side is to keep things straight and even.
Luke, you are doing a geat job there young man. It is good to learn the important but boring bits early, like proper cleaning of everything and being organized. Takes time but is quicker that doing it again because you messed up rushing. Can't wait to see this finished.
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Thanks for the kind words and encouragement. The last couple of days were spent fine tuning our tiller and limb straightness.
First we measured from the string to the end of the fadeouts. The stiffer one was marked as the bottom limb.
We were over 1/4" different so we sanded both sides of the stiffer one very slowly and carefully measuring often until they were the same distance. Here's an action shot of the process and the final measurement.
When we were happy with our tiller it was time to check our limb straighness.
This was pretty close but a small adjustment was needed on the bottom limb. We deepened the string groove and evened the tip back out and that did the trick.
This will be a righty. We are glueing on some overlays now (pics to come), when these are on we'll get the sight window and handle cut in. It's 58" long. We're shooting for ~35# or so. Our most recent bow was one for my wife that came in at that weight and we've duplicated everything from that build, different woods though.
Thanks guys for posting such great things, there are a lot of little steps in between those big steps. I have noticed that you are some of the same guys posting, thanks for taking the time to comment on my bow.