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  • Sim9 made the instructable Make a Takedown Bow From Skis!1 year ago
    Make a Takedown Bow From Skis!

    I made bow limbs from skis. I cut the skis lengthwise to make them thinner (still fat by bow limb standards), get rid of the metal edging and make it easier to draw. I cheated and purchased a riser. I tried a pre-made 68inch string at first (white string in photos), it had a 36# draw, but was too short for the bow and kicked like a mule when it fired. An old fella at the archery club was kind enough to make me a custom string (red in photos) and now it shoots really nice. Dead silent and the draw weight increased to 40#. I prettied up the limbs with some spray paint. Skis aren't the best surface to paint, but I sanded them and buffed them with steel wool first and the paint it is holding up well for now. The riser was $60, custom string was $50. Last night I got 8 carbon arrows ($90), a...

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    I made bow limbs from skis. I cut the skis lengthwise to make them thinner (still fat by bow limb standards), get rid of the metal edging and make it easier to draw. I cheated and purchased a riser. I tried a pre-made 68inch string at first (white string in photos), it had a 36# draw, but was too short for the bow and kicked like a mule when it fired. An old fella at the archery club was kind enough to make me a custom string (red in photos) and now it shoots really nice. Dead silent and the draw weight increased to 40#. I prettied up the limbs with some spray paint. Skis aren't the best surface to paint, but I sanded them and buffed them with steel wool first and the paint it is holding up well for now. The riser was $60, custom string was $50. Last night I got 8 carbon arrows ($90), a bow bag and quiver ($50), finger tab ($15) and a cheap sight ($45) - all in Aussie dollars. Not a cheap project, but for what I spent I got plenty of bang for my buck. I can't wait to get down the range!

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