I've been wanting to make my own bow for a while and I had been reading up on it for a couple weeks when I decided to give it a go. I figured I'd make a pyramid bow based on Tool Using Animal 's instructable, found here . (Props to him by the way. Great instructions. I just didn't follow them very well)
To give you a heads up, I did not end up with a pyramid bow, and the bow I ended up with has about a 30 lb draw, but I decided to put this here so others could learn from my mistakes, or maybe adapt what I came up with to suit their needs.
This is what I ended up with...
Step 1: Gather Materials
I started out with :
Stanley SurForm wrasp/plain thing (good for shaping wood, and actually used it to remove up to about 1/4-3/8" at various times)
I ended up also using:
Drill w/ 3/8" bit
...may hav forgotten 1 or 2 things...
Step 2: First Cuts
First, I cut a 9" section off the end. This would be my handle. It was to be glued to the belly of the bow to increase rigidity near the center.
I then marked out my centers and set about making cuts that I hoped would work out well. This is where I began straying from the printed instructions.... The attached picture shows what ended up happening to my handle/grip.
Step 3: Marking out the limbs
After marking out the limbs, I went about cutting them out on the table saw. I tried to do this freehand. Bad idea...