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    glue for yew self bow repair

    Hi everyone
    I'm pretty new to archery and in the process of repairing a yew self bow. I've got a length of seasoned heatwood, it's a belly repair, and will be taking out a thin slice to remove some cracking, prior to letting in the new piece. The bow was made by John Marshall and he made a similar repair a few years ago to the other limb.

    My questions are; does anyone have any contact details for Mr Marshall so I can ask what glue he used (the email address I have is out of date) and, can anyone suggest a good glue? I keep hearing Resorcinol, but don't think it's what Mr Marshall used judging by the colour.

    Any thoughts gratefully recieved.

    Thanks

    Nick

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    I've had trouble finding the 'recomended' glues.
    I have used Araldite precision to let in a slim patch of Yew sapwood onto the back of a bow successfully.
    Bowyer's Diary: Repair Work in Progress
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    Thumbs up Thanks Del

    Much appreciated. Since this is the second repair I don't think I'll get a third chance so I want to get it right. Resorcinol can be a pain to work with and wasn't sure about epoxy so I'll have a look at the Araldite. I'm hoping that this will give it a bit more life and that if it starts to go again it goes elsewhere and I'll re-tiller it down in strength (it's 100lbs at present). I might be able to draw it then!

    Thanks again

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    By the way, it's the Araldite Precision, not the rapid stuff (horrid stuff). Also make sure it's somewhere warm to cure, it doesn't like freezing temperatures.
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    Thumbs up Thanks Del

    Will do. I'm guessing from your, very useful, diary that I will still need to keep pressure on the loint until set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nrxx View Post
    Will do. I'm guessing from your, very useful, diary that I will still need to keep pressure on the loint until set.
    Nick
    Yeah, a rubber binding is ideal, clamps can be too harsh and too localized and squeeze out all the glue. A few layers of rubber strap exerts a nice even pressure.
    Overnight somewhere cosy does the job, then it can be unwraped and filed/rasped down. Don't stress it until it's had a full 24 hours.
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