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longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Saturday, August 11, 2012 9:06 AM ( #1 )
I've been playing with these in my spare time. If you youtube "backyard bowyer", he has a million bow instructible videos out there. I have a darton compound bows and a few recurves made out of wood, and these PVC bows can really hold their own!! (except the compound)
 
Some of my recent work, all of these bows are takedown, and the longbow actually has an arrow rest, but I can't decide if I like it or not
reflexed bow for my boss (he is really tall, and I should have used 1 1/4" pipe), but it is 45 lb @ 32"

horse bow for my friend (55lb @ 28")

Longbow (70lb @ 28")

recurve bow (60 lb @ 28")


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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Saturday, August 11, 2012 9:14 AM ( #2 )
That book along with the series of "Bowyers Bible" series have been in my Amazon wish list since the beginning of time,good to see the results of someone who used it,every time im there I am there buying some other crap and forget all about my wish list.That 1st one is awesome,I never even though to look on you tube thank you
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Saturday, August 11, 2012 9:15 AM ( #3 )
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Saturday, August 11, 2012 9:27 AM ( #4 )
To be honest, I never even used the book. All the info I needed was off of youtube. I will buy the book to support him since I got all the free info. Each bow literally cost me about $2 including string/paint/etc
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Saturday, August 11, 2012 10:31 AM ( #5 )
I was going to try doing one but changed my mind. Maybe i'll have to rethink that decision. Thanks for posting!
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Saturday, August 11, 2012 10:45 AM ( #6 )
You ought to, they aren't that hard, and are pretty cheap. I've messed up a few times, but once you get the hang of it, it is very easy to do
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Saturday, August 11, 2012 3:51 PM ( #7 )
If you want to really impress me with these PVC bows, I'm going to need to see some chronograph speed readouts that give FPS and total arrow weight in grains. Draw weight does not translate into speed all by itself, since every material has a different capacity absorb energy and then release it. In short, I want to directly compare PVC to laminated, and a self-bows of the same bow type. So, how about going to the nearest indoor bow range and getting some speed numbers with several different arrow weights? 
They sure look slick, though

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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Saturday, August 11, 2012 4:22 PM ( #8 )
Sounds good to me, you bring the crony! Backyardbowyer clocks his 50lb recurve @ ~150-160 fps, and his longbow at 180fps... I don't know what grain practice tip he has been using, but they were definitely carbon or aluminum shafts
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Saturday, August 11, 2012 4:36 PM ( #9 )
Cool looking bows. The freaky thing about you posting this is that I dreamed last nite (seriously) that I was in this sporting goods store and there were all these different bows hanging on the wall that were made of either fiberglass or plastic, like abs or pvc.  I got the idea they were supposed to be kid's bows but they looked and felt cool enough that I decided I wanted one.  While I was trying to decide which one I wanted, all these kids came in and bought them all. 
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Saturday, August 11, 2012 5:19 PM ( #10 )
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Sounds good to me, you bring the crony! Backyardbowyer clocks his 50lb recurve @ ~150-160 fps, and his longbow at 180fps... I don't know what grain practice tip he has been using, but they were definitely carbon or aluminum shafts



Most proper archery shops have a short, indoor test range complete with chronograph these days. Incidentally, for aluminum arrows, the tips only account for about 1/4 of the total arrow weight. Example: when shooting aluminum from my Martin Cougar, using 100 grain tips gives me a total arrow weight of 485 grains. My carbons for that bow with 100 grain tips weigh in at 395 grains.

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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Saturday, August 11, 2012 6:33 PM ( #11 )
the backyard bower on you tube is a good sourch of info. i just watched a couple of his new vids, he made an atlatl out of pvc. im going to get one made one of these days. its on my list of projects.
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Saturday, August 11, 2012 11:40 PM ( #12 )
Nice work!!!
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Sunday, August 12, 2012 9:41 AM ( #13 )
I bookmarked his channel,if I ever do anything with the info I will post it
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Sunday, August 12, 2012 11:15 AM ( #14 )
I almost decided to make one just for kicks but then someone on a forum brought up the fact that PVC gets brittle with cold weather.  I've worked with it alot and should have remembered that fact myself.  I did see a youtube where a guy put a fiberglass core in the middle, that might help, and also give it a little more power on release.  I already have a couple of recurves and a glass backed self bow so I think I'm going to pass on this one.  Not worth the trouble for a bow that most likely won't perform as well as what I've already got.  
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Sunday, August 12, 2012 12:51 PM ( #15 )
I hear winter adds 10 lb to the draw weight, and if you did not tiller it out correctly, it can snap. We will find out this winter
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Sunday, August 12, 2012 1:26 PM ( #16 )
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I hear winter adds 10 lb to the draw weight, and if you did not tiller it out correctly, it can snap. We will find out this winter



Keep us posted.  I'd like to hear how it works out. 


Also, have you thought about adding a fiberglass strip?  They seem pretty cheep enough.  I bet you  could only flatten half way, then insert the strip to take advantage of the widening of the bow limb, insert the fiberglass, then flatten all the way to give it a little more power and reinforce the pvc.  Here's a source:


http://www.kustomkingar...ack-Fiberglass-Strips-72Fiberglass Strips-in/productinfo/4832/



You might also be able to work out a way to bond it to the back of the bow but gluing figerglass to pvc might be a bit of a challenge.  
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Sunday, August 12, 2012 1:26 PM ( #17 )
Ok I'm impressed!

Any chance you'd do a step-by-step how-to video for us? 

I've seen a PVC bow on Doomsday Preppers and though it was the most stupid thing I'd ever seen at the time. But now I think I was dead wrong!

Can you really get high draw weight with them? And if so, could ya get like 150# with a short, thick one for a crossbow? I might do the woodworking if you ever wanna collaborate  :)

Also, check out traditional Korean bows. Some are so round when unstrung that they make a nearly complete circle. I think that's the one I'd want to try and build someday.

Nice job man!  I'm consistently amazed at the ingenuity of the guys on this forum (including myself!  LOL).


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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Monday, August 13, 2012 8:52 AM ( #18 )
spareparts: I hadn't considered it before, but I sure am now!......Alero: thanks! If you youtube backyardbowyer, you can see all of his builds. That is what I learned from, and I honestly would do a much worse job. He also did make a crossbow as well as some other youtuber, so I know it is possible. As for a collaboration, I don't even think it would be fair, because I would do 2 minutes of work while you did hours of work!
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Monday, August 13, 2012 10:48 AM ( #19 )
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As for a collaboration, I don't even think it would be fair, because I would do 2 minutes of work while you did hours of work! 



...and drink all the beer.  Banned for potentially drinking all the beer.  Oh wait, wrong thread.


Seriously, if you do try the fiberglass strips post an update.  I'd be interested in see how they turn out.  
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Monday, August 13, 2012 12:13 PM ( #20 )
Banned for confusing the two threads! But I will try that next for sure. So I also made a 7 piece takedown bow, which I will stick in the freezer for a few hours. I'll let you know how brittle it gets tonight
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Monday, August 13, 2012 12:31 PM ( #21 )
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Banned for confusing the two threads! But I will try that next for sure. So I also made a 7 piece takedown bow, which I will stick in the freezer for a few hours. I'll let you know how brittle it gets tonight


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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Tuesday, August 14, 2012 10:22 AM ( #22 )
Okay so I took my 7 piece takedown (only one that will fit in the freezer), and froze it for 2 hours. Then I took it out, strung it, pulled it back all the way, and then fired it 10 times. There was actually not even a discernible difference in draw weight. This is 3/4" schedule 40 white PVC that is supposed to be really brittle (not the gray kind)
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Wednesday, August 15, 2012 12:28 PM ( #23 )
Thanks for the info! Looks like I have a new project to work on!  :)
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Wednesday, August 15, 2012 12:34 PM ( #24 )
I wonder how they do in low temperatures? 
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Wednesday, August 15, 2012 1:27 PM ( #25 )
As I said in my previous post, I froze it for a few hours and took it out and there was no difference
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Thursday, August 16, 2012 9:22 AM ( #26 )
That's really cool.  I need to start making these.
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Thursday, August 16, 2012 5:15 PM ( #27 )
thanks! yeah they are really easy to make
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Saturday, September 01, 2012 12:27 AM ( #28 )
I make PVC Bows all the time. My favorite is the short Horsebow I made to bowfish from my kayak with.  I used a 4 ft. section of 1 inch Schedule 40 PVC. The AMO came out to 43". It pulls 64 pounds at 26", and shoots fish arrows at 211 fps. It is also a great quick-shooting brush bow for deer, and even small game. I can carry it on my Mountain Bike easily.
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Monday, September 03, 2012 10:29 AM ( #29 )
4 ft PVC? Must be really snappy and quick! You'll have to post a pic
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Re:longbows, recurve bows, horse bows.....all made out of PVC pipes??? - Monday, September 03, 2012 8:16 PM ( #30 )
res1cue I can't decide if i am more impressed or more envious.real nice work.you have definetly peaked my curiousity.thanks for the pics
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