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St. Jude Bow Buildalong
Posted: 14 May 2012 04:01 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Last year I built a long bow for a local St. Jude auction.  This event is actually put together by one of the HO bloggers Treehugger.  This event is a weekend long horse trail ride held at Jubilee State Park in Peoria County.  This year I wanted to build another one and step it up a little bit compared to last years.  People always ask about how to make one of these so I figured I would show y’all how I do it.  This is how I do it, doesn’t mean its right.  haha.

Disclaimer:  I do not build bows as a business nor do I sell bows.  I just make them for myself and as donations for an event or two a year.  Please do not ask how much to have one made. 

Ok, had to get that out of the way.  I have a week off (between jobs) and I wanted to get this bow going before it was too late.  My plan for this bow will be a takedown model with a custom matching wood storage case.  I am getting all the materials together today and starting on cutting all the pieces.  The bow will have a Walnut and ?? riser.  Not sure what to put in the riser yet.  Need to go to the wood store and find something.  The limbs will be clear fiberglass, spalted maple on front and back with walnut, bamboo and red or white glass in the core.  Thats the plan anyway.  Will see if thats it all pans out.  Things tend to change on the way.

Pictured below is what I am starting out with.  Still need to plane all the laminate and start the riser. 


This is the wood that will show up on the limbs.  It has a thin coat of clear to kinda give ya an idea what the finished product will look like.  It will be a lot better under that glass.


This is the design the riser will have.  This is just a test sample I did today to make sure my jigs were still good.  The light wood will be walnut and the dark will be ???.  It will have some red and or white glass between it all as well.


Anyway, I will keep this thread up to date and try and document as much as I can.  Feel free to ask any questions.

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Posted: 14 May 2012 04:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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i am speechless…...for u to share such awesome intimite knowledge…well…...i cant commend u enough!....i tell u what…..ill be a true follower when HO television makes its debut with u as the star host! think of how sweet it would be…...H.O. T.V…....u are destined for greatness my friend!!!

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Posted: 14 May 2012 05:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thanks Coon, but I prefer behind the scenes.  No cameras for me.  The knowledge is all public.  I learned it all from google and other forums, so why not give it back.

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Posted: 14 May 2012 05:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Im thinkin the disclaimer was aimed at me:)But the st.jude build is gonna be fun to watch….Treehugger u are freakin AWESOME for doing this event for st.jude every year….I wish we could find more people to donate for the cause….If anyone wants to chip in on a gift card to raffle, ill send matt the first $20 to get the ball rollin:)

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Posted: 14 May 2012 10:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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No Freak, nothing directed your way.  Just a general statement.

Was able to get the laminate cut tonight.  Will get them planed down to size tomorrow.
I cut the lams fairly thick so I have plenty of material to work with while planing.


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Posted: 15 May 2012 12:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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How much to have one made?...Just asking?...


Maybe I should go to bed now!!!

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Posted: 15 May 2012 08:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Looking forward to seeing this come together!  A very worthy cause too!  The wife and i have been giving to St. Judes for as long as I can remember.

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Posted: 15 May 2012 08:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I would like the draw weight somewhere between 60 to 70 pounds at 28”...I always seem to short draw my traditional bows…

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Posted: 15 May 2012 08:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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outdoorlivin247 - 15 May 2012 08:29 AM

I would like the draw weight somewhere between 60 to 70 pounds at 28”...I always seem to short draw my traditional bows…

You gonna have him go cat gut or synthetic on that string?

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Posted: 15 May 2012 11:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Has to be catgut!!! And I want the full on tutorial on making that too!!! LOL

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Posted: 15 May 2012 11:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I am out of catgut, but I do have some lamb in the freezer.

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Posted: 15 May 2012 11:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Come on Matt, it ain’t nothin to replenish.  Just drive around a while, you’ll find one on the road somewhere! smile

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Posted: 15 May 2012 12:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Matt Staser Rocks!  You folks should have seen the one he made for my St. Jude event last year.  Absolutely stunning.  Can’t imagine what this year’s will look like. 

For those of you wanting to know how much one of his bows cost, I’ll let you know right after I buy it at the auction.  Me and a recurve…the deer have never been so safe.

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Posted: 15 May 2012 01:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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After a 2 hour trip this morning to get a small piece of wood, I decided to put the riser together.  Since I am building the riser primarily out of walnut, I wanted to get something that would stand out.  I found this piece of light colored wood with a lot of fire.  It said “keystone” on it.  I have never heard of this kind of wood, but it looked real nice and will sparkle when finished.  Also added are some red and white glass lams.  One or both will be in the limbs also.

Below is the riser getting cut and glued.  The saw fixture is one I built but its a standard design and works great.  I also use it for cutting circles.  You will see all the pieces getting cut, fitted together and glued.  After its glued, it goes in an oven at 180 degrees for about 4 hours to cure the epoxy.







Hopefully I will be getting a new thickness planer/sander soon and will get the limbs nocked out.  But there is plenty to do on the riser.  Maybe will get the riser cut and planed down tonight and will post it.

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Posted: 15 May 2012 01:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Let’s be honest here, Matt.  Just engrave my initials in it.  I’m already considering it mine.

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Posted: 15 May 2012 01:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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JGS, btw.

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