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Hi all,

I have been reading through the forums regarding making strings, and found most of my answers.

Being new to the string making arts, I have some questions. I am hoping to clarify some things that made me go "hmmm?"

First off, I must say I shoot recurves. I have a 60" 50# Cabela's branded Fleetwood Sabrehawk and a 58" 55# Bear Grizzly. I have purchased some B50 Dacron and have pretty much all the materials, but...

1) I have read the plans for a Flemish String Jig on here is for AMO, Longbow lengths. My understanding is for recurves, you will make the string 1" shorter. The string length that I want is 54", and from what I see, using B-50, I would want my initial length about 53"-53 1/2" to allow for stretch. So, that said, my math (as best as a I can figure) the string length for a 58" longbow is on the Old Sailor posted jig approximately 71" (before its twisted) give or take about 1/2" for error. Would I want to make my string length 70" or thereabout? 

2) As far a Dacron goes, my Grizzly states I should only use "Dacron Flemish Twist". I know I can't use Fast Flight or pretty much any string that doesn't stretch. So am I limited to Dacron B-50, B-55, and B-500? I got the B-50 because it was the most recommended and the price was right to allow me to learn this art.

Thanks for all the information. I have a better understanding of stringmaking and am looking forward to making my own.

Jon


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easier if you can watch someone make one the first time
 writing a how too is 100X's more complicated than actually doing one

I made a jig years ago ,  I just  take a piece of string and  go it fro nock to nock and add 9" for a longbow and 12" for a recurve and wrap it around the pegs on the jig  to give e a rough idea as to what pegs to use for that bow, most times perty close but sometimes , have to make another using a longer or shoter peg

now over the years have written next to peg 64" bow etc 




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Jon, first off, congrats on the decision to make your own strings! I found the ability to make my own strings quite liberating. It’s also very satisfying to make your own gear...it gives you a sense of independence!

B-50 will work fine for ya. And you’re right, it’s “economical” to learn on! At your weight, I’d go with twelve strands. You won’t get too much stretch if your braids are tight from the start. Plan to make your string the full 54” because you’re going to lose an inch in the making of the string.

Plan to take it apart and adjust it until you’ve made a few and get the knack.

Have fun!

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JDM, I think it is the other way. For that string jig you use the marked length for the AMO length of recurves and 1 inch shorter for longbows. The size of the loops you make will also make a difference in your string length so there is a little trial and error you have to work through. Keep a log on the strings you build for each bow and before long your strings will come out just right.
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The very best thing you can do is go to http://www.poorfolkbows.com and study the string making section there. It's chock full of pictures and simple explanations to go with them. Even if your board design is different, you'll get a better idea from the tutorial there than any other source short of a personal demonstration.
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Thanks for the insights. Made my first string today. Kind of messed up on the bundle strand count, but proceeded with it . String ended up being 53 1/4”. I’m going to untwist it and try it using more precise measurements to see what I get. It was good practice getting the twisting right., just need to work on getting them tighter.
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Congratulations! String making is the gateway project, next you'll be neck deep in bow forms figuring out your next build! 
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