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    Default Flattened PVC Pipe Bow Build Along

    I thought I would show how easy the steps are to get a functional PVC bow following the directions from backyardbowyer (Nicholas Tomihama) on Youtube.

    To start with I also bout Mr. Toihama's book "Simple PVC Pipe Bows" on Amazon. Here is a link:
    http://www.amazon.com/Simple-PVC-Pip...s=pvc+pipe+bow


    Step 1:
    Cut the Pipe to length. In this case I started out with a 5 foot length of 1 inch schedule 40 PVC pipe and removed 2 inches to get a total length of 58 inches which should give me a 40-45 pound draw at 27 inches which was the request of my brother for whom I am making this bow.


    Step 2:
    Find the center and mark lines 2 inches on either side to make the handle area.


    Step 3:
    Heat the limb with a heat gun.


    When the limb is flexible along its whole length it is ready to be flattened.


    Step 4:
    Clamp the limb in using the adjustable flattening jig in the Backyardbowyers Video on youtube.


    Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the other side...

    Then move on to form the handle.

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    Default Part 2: Flattened PVC Pipe Bow Build Along

    Step 5:
    Form the handle using pot holders and the heat gun.


    Step 6:
    Mark 6 inches from each end for the recurves.


    Step 7:
    Heat the ends one at a time and recurve them around a suitable pot.


    Step 9:
    Cut the nocks.


    Step 10:
    String with Polypro string from the hardware store.


    All the tools required to make this bow are shown in the picture above. It took me a total of 45 minutes from beginning to end and the resulting bow pulls 46 pounds at 27".

    I have made several of these now for my kids and family members. They have ranged from 18 pounds at 25 inches to 60 pounds at 28 inches. They are great little target shooting bows. We take them out to my parents freshly mowed hay fields and play archery golf going from hay bale to hay bale. Good times are had by all.

    Thanks for looking.


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    Very nice work! The bow looks fine!

    Do you think it can be used to hunt?

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    That's freakin' cool...gonna try this with the kids!

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    That's pretty stinkin' awesome. Thanks for sharing.

    Tapatalk ate my spelling and grammar.

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    That is cool!!! thanks.

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    That is cool!!! thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lapsa View Post
    Very nice work! The bow looks fine!

    Do you think it can be used to hunt?
    I have never tried hunting with it but there are a couple of youtubers who claim to have successfully hunted with a PVC bow.

    Seeing the penatration I am getting on my target at 20 yards with a simple 100 grain target tip, I can imagine that an appropriate point for the desired game could be effective. Definitely small game can be taken.

    Backyardbowyer on youtube has a video that covers an 80 pound bow out of 1 and 1/4 inch schedule 40 that looks to be a monster.

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    Incredible. Do you see any rhyme or reason to the draw weight? Is that something you can set as you go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nothinghead View Post
    Incredible. Do you see any rhyme or reason to the draw weight? Is that something you can set as you go?
    In the book I mentioned in my first post there are tables for draw length and desired weight that tell you what length and diameter of PVC to use. I find it to be accurate within +/- 3 pounds so far.

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