First PVC Bow

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by Mithrandir, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. Mithrandir

    Mithrandir New Member

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    My new PVC bow inspired by BackyardBowyer on youtube... I started with 1" schedule 40 PVC and cut to 56". After heating over a stove ( I do not own a heat gun yet) I then used some plywood and a 2X3 for my flattening jig to flatten the limbs.<br><br><img src="http://i1170.photobucket.com/albums/r536/pylespy/006.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br><br><img src="http://i1170.photobucket.com/albums/r536/pylespy/008.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br>The next thing I did was heat up the handle and form that to my liking. You also should get the limbs bent a little bit in the middle to give it some contours... And the same with the tips of the limbs.<br><br><img src="http://i1170.photobucket.com/albums/r536/pylespy/009.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br><img src="http://i1170.photobucket.com/albums/r536/pylespy/011.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br>Everything at this point started balancing out and I would heat up and bend anything that needed some fine tuning. <br><br><img src="http://i1170.photobucket.com/albums/r536/pylespy/012.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br>I then started to measure, cut and taper the tips of the limbs. After you do this you need to heat them back up and form them together... I used epoxy putty to fill the gaps and make a nice round tip on each limb. After cutting the nocks and finishing the rasping/sanding It started to look and feel like a real bow.<br><br><img src="http://i1170.photobucket.com/albums/r536/pylespy/013.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br>Here it is with some brown paint and my custom rubber grip with arrow shelf. I had a lot of fun doing this and I think everyone should have a fun hobby like this.<br><br><img src="http://i1170.photobucket.com/albums/r536/pylespy/016.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br><img src="http://i1170.photobucket.com/albums/r536/pylespy/015.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br>I still need another coat of paint and maybe some real bow string ( I am only using some poly rope which works great) Also I would like to share my homemade quiver/ dowel rod arrows with duct tape fletching. The green nail polish works great with a few coats.<br><br><img src="http://i1170.photobucket.com/albums/r536/pylespy/017.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br><img src="http://i1170.photobucket.com/albums/r536/pylespy/018.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br>
     
  2. Awesome! I was in the process of doing a few of the build from backyardbowyer and got halted by a storm busting up my friends house <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_sad.gif" alt="Sad" longdesc="3"> Let us all know how it works! I'll be finishing mine up in a couple days and doing a write-up about them as well. Nice work on the duct-tape fletching. Nice and even, let me know how they fly. I've always been kind of leery of duct-tape fletchings (I prefer feathers but I have always made wood and/or fiberglass bows) but have found them interesting so please share your thoughts and findings.
     

  3. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_eek.gif" alt="Shocked" longdesc="5"> Looks great.<br>I want to try making so many things and this one is one of all those things.<br>Very cool job mate.
     
  4. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOUZBQdeXGc" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">This</a> is an idea I rather liked for a quiver design I plan on using. I thought you guys might like it to go along with any planned pvc bows.<br><br>
     
  5. Oh, one thing I forgot (and I am fairly sure this is as true with a pvc bow as with a wood or fiberglass one) you having that bend off the handle before the recurve in the same direction of the bend from stringing the bow is going to cost you draw power.
     
  6. Mithrandir

    Mithrandir New Member

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>mikehunt042084 wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Nice work on the duct-tape fletching. Nice and even, let me know how they fly. I've always been kind of leery of duct-tape fletchings (I prefer feathers but I have always made wood and/or fiberglass bows) but have found them interesting so please share your thoughts and findings.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>The duct tape fletchings are easy to make, with a stencil and some scissors... BackyardBowyer actually has a great video on how to make them, they fly great...<br><br></span><table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>tokSick wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
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    <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_eek.gif" alt="Shocked" longdesc="5"> Looks great.<br>I want to try making so many things and this one is one of all those things.<br>Very cool job mate.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Thanks ! I'm in the same boat as you... <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_bounce.gif" alt="bounce" longdesc="27"> i'm glad to have finished this project at least, i have so many on my mind<br><br><br></span><table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>mikehunt042084 wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Oh, one thing I forgot (and I am fairly sure this is as true with a pvc bow as with a wood or fiberglass one) you having that bend off the handle before the recurve in the same direction of the bend from stringing the bow is going to cost you draw power.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>The bends you are talking about on my bow are actually helping me. The draw weight for some reason is pretty strong, I would guess at least 55 pounds or higher. I have tried it without the bends and It's impossible for me to fully draw it. I will test It soon when everything is finished.<br><br>Today I was shooting at some leaf bags at about 15 yards away and It works great! Updates soon.</span>
     
  7. pasquale

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    I have to try this later. You made a nice bow.
     
  8. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    Cool, on my to do list for shure
     
  9. Tysonspapa

    Tysonspapa New Member

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    Great bow. Be careful with storing ug at warm places, I use these tubes at work, they even bend in the car in summer
     
  10. Tysonspapa

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    At Mike: so a longbow design would have more drawweight?
     
  11. Lars

    Lars The Evil Genious

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    <div>awesome</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
    <br>hmm nice slingshot!<br>maybe needs some sanding and oiling <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7"><br><a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/selfmademilitary" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">my Channel . . . . . Selfmademilitary</a><br><a href="http://slingshotforum.forumieren.com/" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">My Forum</a>
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  12. FIAAO

    FIAAO Failureisalwaysanoption

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    Nice! Have to try this myself sometime!
     
  13. A straight bow would have more draw weight, with the same diameter pipe a longer bow would be less draw weight
     
  14. @pylespy: Thanks for letting me know how those fletchings work. I will deffinatly make some when I finish my pvc bows. I'll keep in mind what you said about the power of that size pipe, I shoot an 80-100 pound bow so 55 pounds wouldn't be an issue.