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    • rayborbon
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      Looking to finish up this project before late season archery.

      Hickory, Osage and Yew longbow at 70 inches. Should weight in at about 65 lbs draw @ 28 inches.

      Sharing some pics. This is about my 4th bow and my 3rd laminated one…

    • Stephen Graf
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      Nice! Especially like the way you did the string nocks with the tapered down hickory.
      Good luck in the late season!

    • Mark Turton
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      Looking good Ray, interested to see it with varnish on and to hear ho it shoots.

      Mark.

    • Rocks
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      Very nice, I like it!

    • Chris Shelton
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      very nice work, I really want to make my own td curve, cant affort to right now, college is expensive!!! Great work though!

    • rayborbon
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      Got a string on it. Wow this thing is hard to string up. I feel like a sissy.

      It’s done cosmetically. Next stop… The Range

    • db22
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      What adhesive did you use to glue the pieces together? So far, I have only made self bows of red oak, with risers glued on using Titebond III. Hope to have a bandsaw by springtime, and start a walnut/maple or hickory/maple longbow, with some deflex in the limbs. Thank you for the pictures and inspiration!

    • db22
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      sorry — accidental double-post

    • rayborbon
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      I used Smooth On EA 40 on these pieces. However if I was not using osage and instead used something like IPE then I would certainly go with Nelson’s URAC 185. I think Smooth ON EA 40 tends to stick better to the oily woods like Osage.

      This particular bow had no requirement for a band saw. The belt sander was much more useful.

      Good luck on your project.

    • Mark Turton
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      Hi Ray

      That looks very nice, so how did it shoot?

      Mark.

    • rayborbon
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      Well I finally got around to it this morning.

      It launches the arrows like intercontinental ballistic missiles. A tiny bit of hand shock on the shot but nothing more than some professionally crafted bows which I have shot.

      I’d say it’s a success. I put it on my friends’ scale and it came out to exactly 67 lbs @ 28 inches.

    • Mark Turton
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      That’s a good weight to have I personally would not want to go any heavier but sounds as though it suits you well. Might a heavier arrow soak up some of that energy and reduce hand shock?

      Mark.

    • rayborbon
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      I don’t see the hand shock as an issue. It’s not very significant and some people might not notice it as much as I did. It was more of a critical remark than it was a functional problem.

    • Daniel
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      Looks like artwork to me, very nice longbow !!!
      SB

    • Bow-Cephus
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      Wow looks great! Much more detailed than I’ve been able to carve out yet!!! Great JOB!! 😀

    • Chris Shelton
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      just a question about your work of art, why suck the low brace height? I am sure there is a good reason, just never shot with a low brace like that myself?

    • rayborbon
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      It was with a low brace height in the photo because the string was incomplete. In fact the string in the photo did not even have serving material yet.

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