How to Glue Bamboo As Bow Backing

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How to Glue Bamboo As Bow Backing
Add bamboo backing to a wood bow when you want to increase its draw weight. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

In the world of high-tech archery bows made from strong plastic or metal elements, shooting one that's made from wood has a primitive appeal. Whether you have a longbow or a recurve, attaching bamboo backing strengthens the bow and increases its draw weight for an added shooting challenge. Bamboo backings come in strips about 1/8 of an inch thick and are typically used on bows with a core made of woods such as maple, hickory, ash or osage orange.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Soft cloth
  • Carpenter's pencil
  • Jigsaw
  • Urethane glue
  • Glue roller
  • Vice
  • "C" clamps

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the string from your bow and lay it onto a flat surface. Sand the surface on which you'll apply the backing with a fine grit paper. Remove any varnish on the wood to help the glue achieve maximum adhesion.

  2. 2

    Use a soft cloth to wipe down both the surface of the bow where you'll apply the backing and the bamboo backing to remove any dust.

  3. 3

    Place the bow on top of the layer of bamboo backing and trace around the outline with a carpenter's pencil. Use a jigsaw to cut the backing down to proper size.

  4. 4

    Place your bow, backside up, into a vice to hold it securely in place.

  5. 5

    Apply a layer of urethane glue such as Titebond or Gorilla Glue to the back of the bamboo strip. Use a glue roller to ensure even application. Apply a layer of glue to the back of the bow as well.

  6. 6

    Press the bamboo backing to the surface of the bow back, making sure it lines up properly. Attach "C" clamps to the bow at an interval of every 4 inches to hold the backing in place while the glue sets.

  7. 7

    Leave the bow in the vice with the clamps on for at least 24 hours before removing. Sand away any rough edges of the bamboo to ensure evenness with the first layer of wood on the bow before restringing.

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