can i make a board bow out of osage orange 1x4 board i no its ideal wood just didnt no if i could use a 1x4
never made a bow outta an osage board, or any board for that matter.
but here is a link to a fella who made an edge grain osage bow.
it was a stave not a board but basics still apply.
i would reckon an osage board bow would be done like most board bows.
and i would imagine a backing of some sort would be in order
this fella has some great advise on making board bows and some easy to follow build alongs
good luck and keep us posted on how it goes
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if you back it with sinew or something. otherwise you'll have to chase the grain.
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Its a board, I don't think he will have a ring to chase.
Originally Posted by _Plainsman
roesso , you can back the board with a lot of different materials to keep the board from developing a splinter or breaking. Bamboo will make a very fast hard hitting bow as a backing. Osage and hickory backing would be great, just make sure you get a straight grain hickory backing.
Sadie already sent you to a good forum for some research.
If you use a boo backing aand the 1x4 is long enough, you should easily be able to make 2 bows from that board. A 50 lb boo-sage bow will only need to be about 1-3/8 to 1-1/2" wide at the fades. You will likely need to trap it a liitle bit and glue in some reflex. Reflex-deflex would be even nicer, but that does get into some advanced geometry/tillering. Have fun and good luck.
You could make a nasty ELB with an osage/boo 1x4. Just make sure its in a "D" style.
I have made plenty of board bows and Osage works fine. No need to chase ring on a board bow, just make sure it's straight grained. Cut in two and make two bows. Cut a smaller piece and glue up your handle section.