I may have mentioned before that I am trying to make a red oak bow, following the American Flat Bow pattern. I had cut the basic shape out of the stick, and attached a riser for the handle.Next I drew the shape of the bow on the sides of the stick, and to save time, decided to use the bandsaw to cut away the surplus wood.
You know what's coming, don't you?
First try I did a nice job 1/8 to 1/16 proud of the line. Second side I decided I could do better, and of course cut well within the line in a couple of places. This leaves me with a bow that bends easily on one side, and when it is tillered will probably have a draw weight suitable to a child, instead of the 35-40# I was aiming for. SDF!
I will continue the project, as I can still learn some things from it, and of course I will immediately start a new bow when this one is finished. I've already learned that it is a bad idea to use a bandsaw to reduce the belly of the bow.
Here is how it looked before the mishap. The riser is Peruvian Walnut.