Intro: Recurve Bow
In this Instructable I will show you how to make an easy, inexpensive, powerful recurve bow! but remember this is dangerous and you should take caution when making and using this!
Step 1: Riser!
The recurve bow can be broken down into two major components, the riser and the limbs!
the riser is the 'wooden part' in the accompanying pictures, put simply this acts as the handle, arrow holder, limb holder and all round main structure.
Firstly I have laminated a piece of 19mm ply between two lengths of jarrah, simply by using wood glue and a few clamps. While drying I drew up my riser design and cut it out with scissors!
I then stuck my paper riser blank onto the timber and cut it out carefully using a jigsaw, and then more intrecitly with a small band saw (however this is not vital!) remembering to cut a small notch out for the arrow to sit in, this must be on the left of the riser if you are right handed and the right if you are left handed! after doing so I sanded the riser untill it was smooth and seamless, also sanding the handle untill it feels comfortable in the hand and ergonomic.
Step 2: Limbs!
For the limbs, I have recycled old snow skis and cut the tops of them about 500mm from the tip, and also cut using a band saw two round cut outs 50mm from the tip to house the bow string! I then lined up the skis to the riser and drilled two holes 25mm apart for the bolts to fix the limbs to the riser, once you have done this, line the limbs up again on the riser and mark the holes onto the riser then drilling them out also, so the limbs can be fixed to the main body.
Step 3: Bow String!
I decided to make my own bowstring since I had made everything else.
I have simply cut 6 lengths of hemp twine, and using my cordless drill I have tightened the Chuck of the drill onto one end of the 6 twine lengths and then tied the other end to something solid, now slowly spinning the drill to wrap the strands around each other, once I have done this I coated the string in a thick layer of bow wax and then kept the tension on the string for a few hours so that it doesn't curl up when taken off. now that you have done this tie one end to the tip of the limb and the other end to the opposite side!
Step 4: Finishing Up!
To top it all off, I coated the timber in linseed oil after thoroughly sanding it and also don't forget to 'de-string' the bow after using it as it takes the strain off the limbs and riser.