How To Make A Recurve Bow

You are getting into archery and want to know how to make a recurve bow. Recurve bows are named for their curve at the end of the bow that curves away from the archer. If you want more power and energy in order for your arrows to propel further than a straight-limbed bow, a recurve bow it the bow to use. The recurve bow is a shorter bow than the longbow or simple bow, and some archers prefer using this bow depending based upon the environment where they will be shooting. Making a recurve bow takes a lot of patience and some form of artistic background.

To make a recurve bow you need:

  • 51/2 ft by 3 in wide board
  • coarse wood rasp
  • pencil hand saw
  • smooth mill file
  • 2 ft by 4 ft large pot stove board
  • heavy clamps
  1. Make the measurements. In the center of the board mark a line.  On both sides of the center line measure 3 inches. This will be for your hand grip. If you have large hands you can adjust the measurements accordingly to your hand size.
  2. Re-shape the wood. Gradually use the coarse rasp to re-shape the wood. Do this both above and below the gripping area for your bow.
  3. File the thickness and width of the bow. The thickness of the bow should be filed until it measures 5/8 inch for the gripping area and, 3/8 inch at the stave of the bow. The width of the bow should be filed to 2 1/2 inches for the gripping area, and 1/2 inches at the stave. Be sure that both ends of the bow are even. Use the smaller hand file to file the gripping area until it fits your hands perfectly, being sure to smooth and even out the bow with the file.
  4. Cut a curve. Use the 2 by 4-foot board to cut a curve as even as you possibly can.
  5. Immerse the bow in boiling water. Boil a large pot of water. Make sure the pot of water is large enough to immerse at least up to 10 inches of your bow's limbs. Take one end of the bow and immerse it in the boiling water for three to four hours.
  6. Clamp the limb. After you have immersed one end of the bow for a few hours, remove the limb out of the water, and then clamp it to the curved board.  When clamping, make sure the clamps are very secure. Do the exact same thing to the other end of the recurve bow.
  7. Cut the notches for the bow. The notches should be cut at least two inches on the sides of both the top and bottom of the bow. Use these notches to hold your string in place when you are ready to use your recurve bow.
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