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Tip wedge question

Postby chackworth3 » Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:51 pm

Anyone ever put on a tip wedge post glue up? For instance a piece of tapered glass on the belly of the tip tapering down 4-6" past the nock? Thanks for any input
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Re: Tip wedge question

Postby jeffhalfrack » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:02 pm

I think KirkL does that from time to time? jeffw
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Re: Tip wedge question

Postby tjdeerslayer37 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:15 pm

My first thought is that it would peel off, but then you can use belly tip overlays on recurves so maybe it wouldn't?
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Re: Tip wedge question

Postby Kirkll » Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:00 pm

I do it all the time with wood, but I've never done it using glass on the tips. Putting on your limb butt overlays, or recurve tip overlays at the same time you lay up the limbs comes out great.... :D

Now i tried doing glass power lams on the limb butts right on the belly side of the limb. they held up ok for about 10,000 arrows and 4 years, and then thet started to lift a bit..... As it turned out a rookie i was teaching dry fired the bow at 30" draw and blew the tips off it. so i never had to worry about a repair. :roll:
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Re: Tip wedge question

Postby chackworth3 » Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:50 pm

I put some glass on the belly side tips of my bro-in-laws bow and it stiffened them up enough for what I was wanting, looks pretty sharp too. Not sure if it's as effective as a true tip wedge though...
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Re: Tip wedge question

Postby Kirkll » Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:28 am

chackworth3 wrote:I put some glass on the belly side tips of my bro-in-laws bow and it stiffened them up enough for what I was wanting, looks pretty sharp too. Not sure if it's as effective as a true tip wedge though...


What's the definition of a "True tip wedge" anyway? If it stiffens the tip and helps hold your string angle, its doing the job.
Some guys grind the tip wedge into their tapered lams and don't use tip wedges. & some guys use a reverse taper in their lay up to accomplish the same thing. If i was building a production bow for the same draw length on every bow, i wouldn't use tip wedges at all.
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Re: Tip wedge question

Postby chackworth3 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:49 pm

I was just referring to a pre-meditated tip wedge included in the glue up process as to a post glue up tip wedge like I used. I guess "true tip wedge" was a poor choice of words
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Re: Tip wedge question

Postby Kirkll » Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:34 am

chackworth3 wrote:I put some glass on the belly side tips of my bro-in-laws bow and it stiffened them up enough for what I was wanting, looks pretty sharp too. Not sure if it's as effective as a true tip wedge though...


Sure it is bro... anything that you use to stiffen the tips forces the limb to bend more towards the fades without loosing your string angle. I use a piece carbon for tip wedges quite often, but typically put it inside the lay up. But i have a couple RC bows i used it on the belly side of the limb tips.
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Re: Tip wedge question

Postby chackworth3 » Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:26 pm

Thanks y'all
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