Introduction: PVC Longbow

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This is a longbow I made using a 6' length of 3/4 inch schedule 40 PVC. I bent the PVC by heating it over a stove. I strung it with 1/8" nylon cord. The fletching on the arrow is made with orange duct tape (the orange color does not effect how well it works).


NewRoy.CreativeDesign made it! (author)2015-08-27

but i do more flat and curve... mine use more bigger pvc

Nyhtfaeng (author)2015-03-02

Why the did u bend it in the middle that way, it gives less power and the bow can be bent fairly far without breaking

kking35 (author)2014-01-26

I made one that way and works good, not much power but fun too shoot, I would go too a heat and air store and get some 3/4 inside diameter with 3/8 wall thickness pipe insulation and cut it down too 8 inches long and slide it onto pipe for a grip

goodface (author)2013-06-30

I though the color did mater been using orange all this time.

ericiscoolatschool (author)2013-05-15

that is a cool shirt your wearing! i go to that college!

So does my brother!

he must be pretty cool

yeah, he's not too smart though.

RossTheGreat (author)2013-05-06

This is cool. You put down almost no instructions and I still have a good idea how to build it. My only Q is: how do you string it?

Take your string, then tie a loop at each end and struggle to get the loop in the notches at each end. It's not easy but it is pretty simple.

Imcrazydude (author)2013-04-09

U should flatten the limbs so there's less chance of it breaking

BlackScorpion1910 (author)2013-02-13

Nice bow, whats the pullback max and max range?

Dr.Bill (author)Dr.Bill2012-12-15

You should go check this guy out. He makes a 60# bow (and a lot of others) from PVC pipe.
He makes really good stuff.

antioch (author)2012-12-13

soft materials like foam, tissue, etc. come to mind.
if the tip doesn't have enough soft buffer and the arrow is too heavy though it will still be able to carry through a lot of power and be able to damage an unsuspecting eyeball.

dspencer9 (author)2012-11-23

I'd like to make this, but I would like to make arrows that wouldn't hurt anyone. Do you have any idea of how to do this?

Thats pretty hard to do. I personally think it wouldnt be safe to try.

thetate (author)2012-10-26

Hey I agree with ilpug, using PVC is pretty dangerous as it could turn into a grenade under that kind of pressure

tjk94 (author)thetate2012-11-04

Actually, so long as you don’t burn the pvc while heating and bending it, failure will be less catastrophic than with a wooden or fibreglass bow. The pvc is more likely to simply collapse rather than shatter.

Check out BackyardBowyer on youtube. He has made many bows out of pvc and has some videos showing how pvc bows fail.

spencerthebearman (author)tjk942012-11-04

Thanks for the information, This makes me feel better.

jackjackboom (author)thetate2012-10-30

All's well that ends well Pa!!!

Mr. tony stark (author)2012-10-22

nice bow, rather than heating and bending, just cut some groves and string it. this way the pvc has to bend.

I could try that. I like bending the bow with heat so I can control the shape if I want it to be special like a horse bow, but for this bow I didn't need to bend it with heat probably. Good idea.

ilpug (author)2012-10-22

I have to correct you: you said "horse bow." this is a strait-stave longbow, not a horsebow. Horsebows are smaller with tight recurves.

This is a nice build, however, I have to say that you should wrap it in tape, because like all PVC under stress, it can shatter into sharp bits, which tape can help prevent injury from.

spencerthebearman (author)ilpug2012-10-22

Oh, you are correct, Sorry about that. Wrapping it in tape is a great idea.

audreyobscura (author)2012-10-22

How did you string it?

ericiscoolatschool (author)2012-10-21

cool shirt

thanks bro

l8nite (author)2012-10-21

bent not bended. How far will the bow fire the arrow?

spencerthebearman (author)l8nite2012-10-22

unfortunately it only shoots about 20 yards. my other pvc bow shoots about about 50 yards.

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