How to make a Recurve Bow

If you are an outdoorsman, having a collection of bows is surely a passion. One of the most favored bows is the recurve bow. Known for its elegant curves at each end, you will find it easy to own this bow by making it yourself. Although learning how to make a recurve bow does require a bit of persistence and patience, once you learn it, it is something that is well worth the time and effort.

How to Make a Recurve Bow For Cheap

If you want to learn how to make a recurve bow the first thing you will need to do is purchase a board. It should be a 5 inch by 3 inch wide board. Another board will also be needed, this one 3 inches long to use as a footboard. You will also require a hand saw and a stove. A coarse rasp is also a tool that is needed when you want to learn how to make a recurve bow. If a hand file is available, smoothing down your recurve bow will be no problem at all.

The First Steps to Create a Recurve Bow

Once you have these items it is time to begin! First, mark a line in the center of the board. You will need to keep about 3 inches on each side for hand grips. The coarse rasp can be used to reshape the wood in the bow. Ensure that you are filling the bow to a thickness of about 5/8-inch at the gripping area, and 3/8-inch at the stave. The width of the bow should be around 2 ½-inches at the gripping area, and ½-inch at the stave, with both ends being even. Also, ensure that the bow is smoothed out, easiest done with a hand file, that fits inside your hand.

The Final Steps and you know How to make A Recurve Bow

Next thing is to cut a curve into your board. It should be even. You’ll need to boil a pot of water to cover partial parts of your bow, where it should set for approximately 3 to 5 hours. When it is taken out, secure the footboard to the curved board. Finally you will need to cut notches on the bow on both top at bottom to hold your string in place.

It is a good idea to get some sort of instructional video to help guide you through the process of learning how to make a recurve bow. There are also plenty of tips and instructional how-to’s that can be found on the world wide web. You may find these items available without charge or for nominal fees.

Ensure that you have plenty of patience, as well as time that you can concentrate, in order to properly make a recurve bow. It isn’t something that can be done in the blink of an eye. Several attempts may be necessary to create your recurve bow but once you learn how to make a recurve bow it will be something you will never forget.

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