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Making a bow and arrow is not difficult, all you need is patience and focusing on the work.


I divide the course into 2 parts, i.e, making a bow and making an arrow.

Let’s get started now.

How to make a bow and arrow

Part 1. How to make a bow.

Here I would like to share the way fo make a simple Glass Fiber Bow.

Step 1: Step 1--Get a wood

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Get a wood and plane the surface first. Then Outline the Bow Shaft and Tip.

 
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KimB312 minutes ago
Hey can I get a more detailed tutorial please? I'm not sure how to pm on this app... Haha thank you :)
jlee1788 months ago

are there any specific dimensions. or photos with a ruler. maybe template for wood pieces? I would be nice if there was a little more than here are all the pieces , put them together. Instructables usually have a few more ......instructions.

howtomakeabow (author)  jlee1782 months ago

yes, I just make a draw for the wood tips and grips. contact me and i would like to send you

LiaA13 months ago

I don't need it to shoot. I'm making a cosplay. I was wondering if you need the fiber glass then or if the wood would be fine? Is the fiber glass pure for shooting it?

howtomakeabow (author)  LiaA12 months ago

For cosplay, wood is ok of course, just make sure the wood you choose fit for making bow and not get cracked when string.

P.S: Use pure wood to make a traditional bow is more complicated and time consuming.

lbravo42 months ago
you say how to make bow and 'arrows' yet there is no arrows in this instruction. . .
howtomakeabow (author)  lbravo42 months ago

"how to make arrows" is in another post

o_z3 months ago

You can buy these things at home depot or something.

ehicks73 months ago
Where did you purchase your fiberglass
jasher24 months ago

anything on a pattern?

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For those of you who've made it, where did you get the fiberglass? I've tried searching around but haven't had much success. I've heard

http://www.binghamprojects.com/

or http://www.3riversarchery.com/Index.asp

may have stuff but am not sure. Thanks!

u can get it on any hardware shop easily

Which hardware shops? I looked around a bunch of shops and the closest I got was "why don't you try a ship building shop."
Gregbot7 months ago

sweet!

jlee1788 months ago

dimensions of any kind would have been useful. even a ruler layed down next to the materials would make it easier to use. not to mention a more specific materials list.

dialog1 year ago

what are the sizes of the wooden pieces ?

Do you have a diagram to cut it ?

Matt4281 year ago

WHERE IS THE ARROW???!!!!!

howtomakeabow (author)  Matt4281 year ago
In another Instructable
sanejack1 year ago

Whats the length of the fibreglass bar?

seolfor1 year ago

Here's what I found for the fiberglass.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001HBKFKG/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2Z2GNMIBQSP68&coliid=I1HHY8B1YMZLJ4&psc=1

Awesome, thanks mates. Do you think it will be right for this project?

Personally, I think this will work for the project. I linked to the 8 foot piece, as you could get 2 bows out of it. In one of the comments, the author gave the dimensions, in millimeters, for the piece of fiberglass.

With that stated, though, I am not going to make any guarantees as I haven't tried yet. These fiberglass battens are designed to be put under tension. Each end is put into a slot in order to make a "bow" that holds up a tarp that is put over a boat during winter. This means that they are also designed to take a certain amount of weight from snow. They are strong and flexible.

Sure, I will try it out when i gain sufficient funds to try it out.

Hi. I am planning to make one of these bows but i unfortunately do not obtain any fibreglass sheet. Would it be possible to make a bow with a similar design and poundage without it?

Hello, if you have interest in making a PVC take down bow, pls send me a private message, I would like to share a copy of ebook about this to you

How would I send you a private message?

8bitMisfit1 year ago
Could you explain to me how to get more force upon impact? Or at least a blow by blow on how to do so? I'm sorry if it seems like I'm pestering. Just want it to get done right the first time without possible injury.
Tanzer261 year ago
For those who want to make one. The fibreglass bar looks like a 'sail batten' to me. Try a google search for 'fibreglass sail batten'.
n1cod3mus1 year ago

nice, i used to Fletch arrows, proper wooden ones with horn nocks an turkey feather and medieval bodkins which were hardened steel.

I made awesome arrows, but i was crap with a bow lol might start up again and make this bow too ;-)

Jobar0071 year ago

Technically longbows of medieval England were composite bows. They had a layer of linen laminated to the front of the bow for strength and endurance of the wood fibers. Both bow styles have advantages and disadvantages. Ultimately the competition would come down to the more skilled archer, not the "better" bow.

This is a nice instructable, and I for one would like to know more about the fiberglass bar that is used. Could you please elaborate on that?

Some English longbows (have a D shape) were just made out of one material, commonly yew or a similar type of wood. However they would still have a backing of some sort, such as linen.
I seem to remember something about the longbows being cut so that the outer, softer wood, and the harder corewood became a naturally laminated spring.

Right. That's because European Yew (Taxus baccata) is good in that regard. I'm not sure about other species of Yew, but I would assume that they are similar. The sapwood of EY is very good at resisting tension; the heartwood is very good at resisting compression. When combined properly, it made for a very good bow. They were still usually backed with linen because it would help keep the fibers from pulling out as well as provide extra tension on the flat of the D.

Right. If you have more than one material bonded together, then you have a composite. I may be approaching it from an engineering point of view, but a composite is a composite. An unbacked self bow on the other hand...

howtomakeabow (author)  Jobar0071 year ago

The Glass Fiber Sheet is very common in my city. The size of the Glass Fiber Sheet I choose is 6*30*1200mm.

Could you elaborate? There is woven sheet, unidirectional (which if cut along the wrong axis could be disastrous),G-5, G-10, etc. Fiberglass isn't just fiberglass. If you buy a specific brand or type, I for one would appreciate finding out more. This is an area where it could make or break a bow... pun intended.

howtomakeabow (author)  Jobar0071 year ago

Hi, I think its full name shoulde be called: glass fiber reinforced resin matrix composite. For the brand, I'm sorry my supplier is a small Chinese factory and they do not have english name. But I hope the following information would help you to identify the exact type of the material, usually we choose the Glass Fiber Sheet by their color, The sheet with transparant color is the best standard as it has Epoxy resin matrix which means more strength. The second standard is Half Strasparant or Light Green color. The lowest standard is Black/White color, which has Unsaturated polyester composites. But this is only " According To Experience". If you need more photos of the glass fiber sheet, I can show you.

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