How to Make a Bow and Arrow--10 Steps Only

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About: Handmade traditional recurve bows, contact me if interested

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

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

Step 2: Step 2--Cutting the Wood

Cut the wood according to the outline, after cutting them out, polish the surface.

Step 3: Step 3-Arrange the Material to Make a Bow

Material List:

Glass Fiber Sheet;

Wooden Bow Tip&Shaft;

AB Glue(or Epoxy Resin);

Nylon;

Cowhide;

Protective glove ( you don’t want the glass fiber to hurt your hand, right? ) ;

G Clamp;

Half Round File and Broach File(optional).

Step 4: Step 4--Polish the Bow Tip and Shaft for 2 Rounds

In the first round, use 400 Grit Sandpaper to mill off the edges and corners, especially the on the String Groove.
In the second round, use 2000 Grit Sandpaper to make the Bonding Area of Wood and Glass Fiber rough ( in order to make them bond more firm by AB Glue ).

Step 5: Step 5--Glue the Bow Tip and Shaft Onto the Glass Fiber Sheet

Use AB Glue to bond the bow tip to the glass fiber sheet, and then wrap it firmly by bandages and wires, and then wait 12 hours to let the glue show its bonding power.

Then unwrap the wires and bandage, polish the bonding area. Spray some water to the File to avoid lots of dust during polishment. After polishment, wash the bonding area by water.

Step 6: Step 6--Glue the Bow Shaft to the Glass Fiber Sheet.

Use the above mentioned method to glue the Bow Shaft to the Glass Fiber Sheet.
Notice:

A. Find out the Centre Point of the Bow by measure first, then use G Clamp to fix the boding area.
B. Wait 24 hours after glue, otherwise the Glass Fiber Sheet and Wooden Shaft will easily get apart.
C. You can use some shim to protect the Glass Fiber Sheet.

Step 7: Step 7--Wrap

Wrap the cowhide first, then wrap the Nylon and Twine
(nylone for fixing the cowhide, Twine just for making the bow seems more traditional).

Step 8: Step 8--Paint

Paint the wood until it will not absorb the paint oil anymore.
For this bow, I use Edible Oil as it’s easy to get for everyone.

Step 9: Step 9--Draw the String--The Final Step

I bought a finished string from the market because it seems just a waste of time for making string by myself.
( You can make a string by yourself, it’s also easy )

Step 10: Final Result

That's it.

It only will need 2~3 days for making a similar bow.
It’s a Simple Bow for practice purpose, its Draw Weight is about 35 lbs.
I can make the draw weight to 50lbs or above, however it will high standard Glass Fiber Sheet,which means more costs. As this is just a sample case, I choose material with lowest cost.The total cost of materials I spent on is about US$50.

For more hand made bow, you can visit my website.

This bow is kind of composite bow, not like English longbow.
I'm also wondering who will win if a Chinese Composite Bow VS a English Longbow. ? :-)

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    kakrona.p

    7 months ago

    How much did it cost to make one of this ?

    Then it easy for me to buy the material.

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    jlee178

    3 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Banuvatthowtomakeabow

    Reply 10 months ago

    Do you have any idea where I can buy this like from Amazon? Could you send me a link?

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    Maicol4891

    1 year ago

    Goodnight .
    Could you please share the measurements of the bow you published?

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    Maicol4891

    1 year ago

    Goodnight .
    Could you please share the measurements of the bow you published?

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    SnootsD

    1 year ago

    Nice basic instructable, but would like to know where to get the fiberglass and specifically what kind of epoxy to use (there are LOTS of epoxies out there). Could also use a template for the wood parts. Thanks!

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    lčervenková

    1 year ago

    Please, can you send me the dimensinons of the shaft and the tip at lenka.jaira@gmail.com ? I realy love this instructable! ;)

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    Ali000

    1 year ago

    Fiberglass is available but for making shades and windows doors etc how much thick to use? Any one!

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    Arqueiroverder

    1 year ago

    Hello, how is it going, I am a long time looking for information on how to do this bow, but I do not find information, it is very scarce, so I saw your post and found it very interesting, but it has no measurements if you can say thank you.

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    Dino Lover 1102

    2 years ago

    i recently made a Native american style bow out of a maple branch that i cut down and it is powerful i just need to make some arrows for it could ya help me out?

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    Day Ferran 14

    2 years ago

    1. I don't think that's safe, what with no arrow rest, or teaching people how to make an arm guard or finger tab, you can get a serious cut or scrape.
    2. You can't just glue pieces together and expect the bow not to break when you draw and release.
    3. That string has lost its twist and will snap if you shoot with it, so now you have to retwist it and wax it with a piece of leather.

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    Forest BowyerDay Ferran 14

    Reply 2 years ago

    1. There are lots of bows that do not have a shelf or arrow rest. This style of bow is often made and shot without rests. While some people will use shooting hand gloves or guards, arm guards, and finger tabs, gloves, or thumb rings/pads, not everyone does. Saying this bow isn't safe is like somebody showing how to make a bicycle and then saying the Instructable is not safe because they also don't show how to make a helmet and pads.

    2. Most laminated bows are only held together with glue. There are few traditonal bows aside from takedowns that have mechanical fasteners as well. Some makers of bows similar to this instructable use screws or bolts along with glue, but it can be argued that these cause more problems than they help. Plus this bow isn't just glued, the nylon string is actually helping to keep the bow together where the joints could be stressed. A bow like this could be held together without glue if it's wrapped tight enough with a strong cord.

    3. That string, which is pretty typical of what you'll find for fiberglass limb bows made in China, is fine as is. They are made of a long looped strand of a pretty coarse twine, probably polyester or Dacron. They don't need to be twisted, and work better if they aren't. Plus if you don't have to twist the string on a bow with siyahs (the glued on wooden tips), it's better not too. Having a really twisted string can actually cause siyah twist or misalignment over time.

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    Rhysmedforth

    2 years ago

    looks like a mongolian bow

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    Auinger

    2 years ago

    Can you send me the dimensinons of the shaft and the tip please at christian@auinger.cc ?

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    HerraS1

    3 years ago

    Dear do u cant share me dimenstion chinese qing bow shaft and tip draw for refetence.to sunherra09@gmaildotcom

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    KimB31

    3 years ago

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

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    LiaA1

    3 years ago on Introduction

    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?

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    howtomakeabowLiaA1

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    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.