In the previous segments we have looked at some of the woods available
for both limbs and risers, we've discussed building a form and heat box,
and we've listed some of the other paraphernalia necessary for bow construction.
Now its time to start putting your bow together.
A material list for your bow will have to include the following:
- wood laminations
- fiberglass strips
- epoxy glue
- blue masking tape
- riser block w/accent stripe, if so desired
- a pressure strip made out of 21 gauge galvanized metal, 1/4" plastic
sheeting or thin, flexible wood strips. (No matter which material you use,
make them 1/16" narrower than your form)
- Meat wrapping plastic or Saran wrap
Many of you probably are at a loss in regards to what is necessary,
as far as lamination configurations, riser length, bow length, etc. are
concerned. The following is a basic pattern to follow to build a 64"
deflex/reflex longbow . The measurements given will result in a bow in
the 55# - 60# @ 28" range. Draw weight will vary somewhat, depending
on the profile of your bow form. This bow formula makes a very stable,
if not an extremely high performance longbow. As you build more bows you
will probably experiment with the types of laminations used. Some bowyers
prefer all tapers and others use a combination of tapers and parallels.
Experience will dictate what you feel works best for you, however this
combination is a good place to begin.
This extra width allows for some leeway, if you want to put in an accent
strip. After the riser block is completely laminated it will have to be
thinned down to 1 1/2" in width or to the same width as your laminations
and form. The extra length will give you some working room when it comes
time to feather the fadeouts.
| Riser block dimensions: 2" x 2" x 18 "|
Total riser length from fadeout to fadeout: 18"
Tapered laminations needed: 1 pair - .100" at .002/inch to be used
on the back of the bow.
Parallel lamination: 3 pair - .050". One of these will be on the face
or belly side of the bow and the other 2 pairs will be on the back along
with the tapers
Fiberglass: 2 strips of .050" bow-tuff. One for the back and one for
the belly of the bow. The belly strip will have to be cut into 2 - 36"
The next topics looked at will deal with the actual construction of
the bow .