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I am doing a 5 coat tung oil finish on a couple of my old bows. I start with a light sanding while avoiding the decals. This is followed by the tung oil.

These days I plug any old holes for sights and quivers with brass escutcheon pins. This I do this after the sanding. The tiny head just covers the hole and makes a nice look.

Cut it so it is 1/16" to 1/32" above the surface of the bow. This gives a bit of bite in the wood while the SG sets up.

Fill the hole 2/3 rds of the way with super glue. Tap into place with a nylon hammer head. 

I used to use wood filler material but that stuff shrinks or dries out over time or pops up above the finish and is a bear to match. I just use the brass and accentuate the hole.

Bows are a 1959 Grizzly and a 1970 Ben Pearson Predator. More pics later....

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Fred Bear bows

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Sweet !

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Now those are a couple of beauties right there.

Are you going to make them some flemish bowstrings?

A nice two tone colored flemish bow string would really accentuate the look of the bows.

 

Thanks for sharing.

Glenn

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I should check my own post more😂

The 59 is a Bear, the Pearson BP 70 is a great shooter at 45#. The Bear is also,45#.

Just made a flemish board so am learning how to do that. 1959 was the first year Bear went with the coin on the handle. It is made of copper too.

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On 9/5/2019 at 9:16 PM, TaosGlock said:

I should check my own post more😂

 

Just made a flemish board so am learning how to do that.

 

Did you make a short or long Flemish bow string jig board?

I went with a simple long three pin jig style. 

 

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Actually taught myself from this old book from 1939.

 

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Did not have Youtube back then.

 

Thanks,

Glenn

 

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7 minutes ago, geepee3 said:

 

Did you make a short or long Flemish bow string jig board?

I went with a simple long three pin jig style. 

 

uWDzmoi.jpg

 

Actually taught myself from this old book from 1939.

 

HiQm2gA.jpg

 

Did not have Youtube back then.

 

Thanks,

Glenn

 

It is a shorter one about 2 feet long and has  a bunch of finish nails for the various lengths.

Yours looks much simpler.  I might have to find that book you have!

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Absolutely beautiful bows - A labor of love!  They look brand new - looking forward to seeing more pics.

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