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    Bow repair

    Hi,

    Got a bow with a small piece of grain lifting on the (Ash laminate) back of the bow. The area affected is only about 10mm long and 5mm wide and triangular. Thought I would reinforce the area with a strong black thread and glue matrix (seen this on other peoples longbows). Question is: What thread? Should I use a bowstring serving thread, or linen, cotton etc? Also, what glue? could use superglue (easy) or Araldite (sticky/messy). Or should I use something else entirely?

    Looking forward to your collective wisdom,

    Dennis.

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    Linen thread, araldite precision, massage it into the whipping, wipe off surplus.
    Don't use any thread which is waxed.
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    hi Dennis i would use cascamite wood glue if you can if not either of your own surgestions, when glueing wipe off most of the excess place a peice of grease prof paper on and cramp it up for a day then sand it off and revarnish. Personally i wouldnt bind it as you wont be able to see whats going on? unless you think or can forsee a major grain failure happening, then perhaps leave it hanging on the wall.!! All the best BTC

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    Hi,

    Plenty to go on there! Thanks very much - I'll let you know what I decide to use and how it goes.

    Dennis.

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    And now the finale!

    Bow repair carried out as advised and reinforced both limbs to match and to slightly stiffen a weakish, whip ended bow. Also piked the bow by taking off 1 1/2" from each end to increase draw weight. Put bow back on tiller to check the bend and to weigh it. Got it to within 1" of original draw length (28") - poundage up by 6lb! great! Took it to 28" - BANG. Doh! Removed splinters from face, Said "Goodness Gracious" (my wife said that it didn't sound like that at all). Oh well - cant win 'em all. Ineresting thing is it did not break at the site of the original problem, The linen thread and Araldite did its stuff perfectly. The break was in the opposite limb and inboard of the reinforcing.

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    Taking 1 1/2" off each end is a bit suicidal unless you really know the bow inside out (e.g you made in the first place).
    Shame you didn't ask advice first. Still, that's exactly the sort of harsh lesson we learn most from!
    They do go with a nice bang don't they
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