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I bought a whitetail hunter when I first got into archery and its been sitting in the closet since collecting dust. I read on several forums that they are a ticking time bomb waiting to explode on the archer. I decided to remove the limbs out of there pockets and plan to replace them with wooden limbs. It's gonna be like a longbow with a aluminum riser. Anyone built any bows have any advice? I've read that the best wood to use is yew or any other hard wood. I spoted some red oak at lowes the other day that I think would work great. The grain ran with the length of the board, only problem i see is the string and getting the draw weight that I want. I'll be posting pics here in a few.
 

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I would go with laminated wood with fiberglass on both faces. You can order materials from Bingham Archery. This is where I get materials for building Recurves. Most of your higher grade hardwoods will work for what you are talking about - Maple are Elm are two good ones.
 

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Its called a Wharf bow - compound riser with recurve limbs. Check tradtalk.com for ideas.
 

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Go to the lumber yard and buy some wheel barrow handles. They are hickory and they are straight. First research the the grain sits in the handle though. good luck
 
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