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Re: Bowswap ILF Buildalong - 4 4Nolz

Postby angelstaff » Sat Jul 31, 2010 5:11 am

Bobby, with a sheet of 8 "1 / 2, LAMS cuts in one pass? On my table saw I need a 10" as it does?
Fantastica this construction, I look forward, to see it finished, to start the mine also an ILF
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Re: Bowswap ILF Buildalong - 4 4Nolz

Postby BK in TEXAS » Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:32 am

Time to glue up the first limb.

The first thing I do is drill a hole in the stack...wedge & all :shock:
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Then as I'm glueing up I slide them onto a roofing nail to keep them all aligned
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Glued stack.
I wrap the tip end & the fades with reinforced tape to eliminate sliding lams.
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Replace the nail with a screw & screw her down to the form. That end ain't sliding ;)
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Bottom to top:
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1/16" aluminum
1/16" rubber
4 mil plastic
stack
4 mil plastic
1/16" aluminum
air hose
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4 hours at 170˚
I've had the lightbulbs burn through the form before...now I cover it with several layers of aluminum foil for fire protection.
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Re: Bowswap ILF Buildalong - 4 4Nolz

Postby BK in TEXAS » Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:48 pm

First limb out of the oven. Looks good. Straight, no twist, no slippage....no tape ;)
Second limb should be finished cooking in a hour or so.
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Re: Bowswap ILF Buildalong - 4 4Nolz

Postby Crooked Stic » Sat Jul 31, 2010 8:46 pm

Good ideas on holding the lam in line.
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Re: Bowswap ILF Buildalong - 4 4Nolz

Postby Kirkll » Sat Jul 31, 2010 9:26 pm

yup.... love those roofing nails, and drywall screws. :D

i been playing around with a touch of super glue on the end of the lam to hold my TP on these last ones, and you don't want to get that stuff mixed with smooth on. :shock: :shock: You get a whole new meaning of the expression "Smokin!" roofing nails are much safer. :lol:
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Re: Bowswap ILF Buildalong - 4 4Nolz

Postby Bobmeister » Sat Jul 31, 2010 10:08 pm

BK, that limb has a serious hook in it, I think I like :lol: :lol:.
Can't wait to see it braced.
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Re: Bowswap ILF Buildalong - 4 4Nolz

Postby BK in TEXAS » Sat Jul 31, 2010 10:32 pm

Kirkll wrote:yup.... love those roofing nails, and drywall screws. :D
I think I got that idea from you brother :) When I made the form I was using 2" glass, then when I dropped down to 1.5" I really didn't feel like making a new form and had to find a good way to keep everything lined up. I've never really been happy with fender washers anyway but with the narrow glass washers don't work on this form.

Bobmeister wrote:BK, that limb has a serious hook in it, I think I like :lol: :lol:.
Can't wait to see it braced.
nah, it's not as dramatic as you think .... a good 5" gets cut off the tip end ;)
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Re: Bowswap ILF Buildalong - 4 4Nolz

Postby Kirkll » Sat Jul 31, 2010 11:41 pm

you know something Bobby, that's a damn good idea using that system on narrow glass on a wider form. :D :D i may have to try that myself. :D :D :D

wait till you see what i got cooking with my buddy Quincy at High Heat Industries. ;) i got some prototype pressure strips coming made out of Teflon over aluminum! :shock: :shock: i gave up the masking tape and plastic wrap altogether myself, but got tired of getting epoxy on my pressure strips. i'll get a post up as soon as i give these bad boys a whirl. :D :D :D

what are you using for pressure strips bro?
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Re: Bowswap ILF Buildalong - 4 4Nolz

Postby BK in TEXAS » Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:40 am

The other limb came out of the oven just fine :)

Matched pair. Black back, Brown belly. I believe Ernie did this on the original bowswap for Kirk. I think (hope) it'll look good with the riserwood combo. :? :?
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Looks like I got the wedges in right side up. I've seriously struggled with getting the wedges/lams in the right order. Kinda stupid really. They're right now though ;)
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Re: Bowswap ILF Buildalong - 4 4Nolz

Postby BK in TEXAS » Mon Aug 02, 2010 4:36 am

With both limbs out, it's time to mark & cut the limbs.
I don't bother knocking the snot off anymore since it just gets cut off in the next step anyway.
The string is used to make sure my template is on the limb straight,
just eyeball the string lines up with the centerline on the template.
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Limbs marked with fairly wide silver sharpie.
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