rob p· Registered
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I built a bow press following the design of a poster on this sight. Here's what I learned. A piece of 2" square stock like the one used (with holes drilled in it like sign posts) cost me $65 at the scrap yard. You have to grind galvanizing off before you can weld which takes a long time and stinks anyway. I found using a bottle jack to stretch the cable and compress the limbs was a pain, so I welded a boat trailer minus the wheel in it's place. Got lots of range now. I found out though the horizontal bar is too long and making it shorter after the press is built is harder than making the cable shorter (ask me how I know). The legs are also too short so to use it, you have to remove sights and stabilizers or put the press up on blocks. If you're going to do some building, be careful and take your own measurements. Apple has one like it for a couple hundred. I don't know it it's a better deal with work and materials. I'm making another one though. After my tenth or eleventh one, I might learn something, maybe even build a better mousetrap.