The overall design of a compound bow is sophisticated. The bow is made using exotic materials and pulleys. For its design, people think that you cannot make a compound bow at home. But that is not the case.
It may seem hard to you, but if you follow the instructions thoroughly, even you can make a compound bow. You need to collect all the materials you need and assemble them the right way.
There are some instructions on how to make a compound bow. If you can follow these instructions, you can get a homemade compound bow for yourself. In this tutorial content, we are going to help you with these instructions. Let’s get on to business.
How to Make Your Compound Bow at H
We told you earlier that it is really hard to build a compound bow by yourself at home. The main reason is the complex design of the bow. The design makes the bow very tough to assemble. But if you can follow these simple steps, I think you can do it yourself.
First: Gather all the M
When you want to make a compound bow, you need to gather all the materials. But there is some confusion. These confusions mainly consist of the overall structure.
Such as, people don’t understand which materials they should choose for the body of the bow. Well, you can use PVC or aluminum. But if you are a beginner, you should go for PVC.
In this content, we are going to give an example using PVC pipe. But now, we are going to tell you about the materials you need before making a compound bow by yourself. The materials are:
- A 5 feet1-1/4″ Sch 40 PVC Pipe
- A 32 inches long 1″ Sch 40 PVC pipe
- A 18 inches1/2″ Sch 40 PVC pipe
- PVC cement
- Glue gun
- Threaded rod
- 1 roll of Venetian blind cord
- Steel rod
- Nylon spacers
- Thread locker
- spray paint
- Some scrap of wood
Second Step: Making the Bow
To start off, pick the 5 feet long 1-1/4″ Sch 40 PVC Pipe. Now, you should mark 16″ in from each side of the PVC pipe. This mark will be the transition point. After that, you need to mark 4 inches on either side of the 16 inches mark. This mark will help you when you start heating both ends.
You should also mark the center (30″). After you have put the marks on the pipe, you need to heat it. The heat will help the pipe to bend. To heat the pipe, you can use a propane heater. There are a lot of ways to heat a PVC pipe. But a propane heater works fine.
Heat the PVC pipe for a few minutes, and it will start to get soft and pliable. But be careful, try not to burn the pipe. Try to lay the pipe on the floor. After that, you should use a cloth to press both sides of the pipe. Try to give the pipe a bows shape or curve.
You need to heat both side of the pipe where you had put the 4 Inches mark. You might need to reheat the pipe to give it a symmetrical look. But don’t expect it to be perfect. Try to get a close enough shape on your bow. The corners should get a 90-degree angle.
Now heat the pipe again for the riser. You need to heat the 30 inches mark point now to get the brace height. This is the distance from handle to string. Heat the pipe again and flatten the limbs.
Press the limbs to about 3/4 inches. Now you need to cut the PVC to attach the cams. This space comes in a rectangular shape, and the dimension is 3-3/4 inches. Drill a hole in the corner of the pipe and cut out the cams slot.
Third Step: Making the Cams
Now, time for the cams. First, make a template of the cams. You can use whatever template you want. Search them on google. Use the 1″ Sch 40 PVC pipe. Mark and cut 8 pieces of 4″ sections from the pipe.
Now make a lengthwise cut on each of the pieces. If you heat the pipe it will become soft, and you can give it a flat shape. After that, you can mark your cams template on the PVC board.
The first four pieces of flattening PVC should be for idler wheels. And the other four is for the cams. Cut the templates and glue them together.
Smoothen the edges. After that cut out the cam. You can check out the cam design on the web. Use threaded rod on the cams to make it long-lasting.
Final step: Assemble and F
Now for the final assembly. The cam needs to be inside the bow. Place your cams on the cam slot and the idler wheels on the other slot. Use nuts, axles, and washers to attach the bow. After you have attached the cams and longbow together, you need to attach the strings.
Take the end of a long string and fold it over to give it a loop. Leave 1″ for the loop. Coat the string with hot glue. After that measure the string and attach it. After that use the 1/2″ Sch 40 PVC pipe to make the holder.
Assemble the compound bow together. There you have it. A complete DIY compound bow. Make simple adjustments on your longbow. Tune it.
A compound bow is very popular among people these days. But when you are thinking about making one yourself, you often ask, how to make a compound bow? The answer is simple. Just get PVC pipe from the store. Well, you can certainly use wood or aluminum.
But using PVC is great for someone who is just starting out making a compound bow. Hope you are happy to reach the conclusion of this content. If you need a compound bow, make it yourself at home.