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    Member ruvimarrow's Avatar
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    Default Build Your Own Bow-Press

    Here is a X Bow press i finished a tested yesterday.
    I wish i had access to other presses while building my own
    (I never seen one in action before.)
    So that i would have better of an idea what i was making.
    but i live kinda far from anywhere.
    so i had to use pictures and ideas from the web.

    Here i have my Tomkat ready to get pressed.
    and the other photo of it already pressed.
    If you look at the jack you can see it doesn't take much more than 2 inches to press it.








    Here is my General already pressed

    I like how i can press the limbs right through the cams


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    Default Some more close ups

    here is some more photos for anybody thinking of building one.

    the back side








    I wrapped the top of jack with electric tape so it
    doesn't scratch the X
    It is simply a pipe cut down the middle halfway down pipe and then the top portion i hammered out flat








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    Default things i would improve

    the jack i used was a 2 ton jack
    next time i will use a tougher one maybe 4 ton not because the jack cant push up but because the smaller jack is not so strong when u crank it all the way out. its week point is side to side
    also the bigger jacks have more travel.


    The only reason i used aluminum is cause i had it left over from another project..
    next time i will use steel. eventually from using a lot the holes in the aluminum will get bigger.

    I will be replacing the bolts that press the bow with longer ones and also have em so they the threads don't chew the aluminum up.



    the main beam is a 2x2 x1/4 inch square 4 feet long
    arms are 1 1/2 x 2 x 1/8 inch ( i will be reinforcing them with metal side plates eventually)
    all the bolts except the ones holding jack down are 1/2 inch


    well all in all it will give me something else to improve

    it was a fun project.
    if i need to press a freinds bow i will just measure and drill some more holes

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    Thumbs up

    Great project!

    Andy

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    That was great! Thanks for the info and photos.
    AKmud
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