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Howatt project!

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Knifeguy 02-Jul-18
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Dao 02-Jul-18
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Knifeguy 02-Jul-18
Phil Magistro 02-Jul-18
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grizzly 02-Jul-18
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tonto59 03-Jul-18
Knifeguy 03-Jul-18
grizzly 03-Jul-18
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treehermit 03-Jul-18
chazz847 03-Jul-18
ButchMo 03-Jul-18
Knifeguy 09-Jul-18
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grizzly 09-Jul-18
Dao 09-Jul-18
ButchMo 09-Jul-18
Phil Magistro 09-Jul-18
2 bears 09-Jul-18
HARRY CARRY 09-Jul-18
buroak 09-Jul-18
Horton bottoms 09-Jul-18
Knifeguy 10-Jul-18
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larryhatfield 10-Jul-18
Knifeguy 10-Jul-18
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Tim Finley 11-Jul-18
Buzz 11-Jul-18
Knifeguy 11-Jul-18
Phil Magistro 11-Jul-18
chazz847 11-Jul-18
Vtbow 11-Jul-18
MStyles 12-Jul-18
Knifeguy 12-Jul-18
Knifeguy 13-Jul-18
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Gray Goose Shaft 13-Jul-18
chazz847 13-Jul-18
Knifeguy 14-Jul-18
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Kodiak 14-Jul-18
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treehermit 14-Jul-18
From: Knifeguy
Date: 02-Jul-18

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When I bought the “coast to coast” Howatt, now in the possession of Crookedstix, I rec’d this old Ventura for free. As you can see it needs some help so I started a couple of days ago and now this is where I am with it. Lance

From: Knifeguy
Date: 02-Jul-18

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From: Knifeguy
Date: 02-Jul-18

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From: Knifeguy
Date: 02-Jul-18

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From: Knifeguy
Date: 02-Jul-18

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From: Knifeguy
Date: 02-Jul-18

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Paint cleaned off the limbs and one of 2 sight holes.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 02-Jul-18

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Holes drilled out and pegs made from walnut dowel. Notched for glue.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 02-Jul-18

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Dowels glued in and pins made out of styrene plastic to fill the screw holes for the sight.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 02-Jul-18

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Pins glued in with superglue.

From: ButchMo
Date: 02-Jul-18




Would like to see it when you get it finished.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 02-Jul-18

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Close up. So I hope you can see what’s left of a broken screw. I have no option here except to leave it. This is it for now. Lance

From: Dao
Date: 02-Jul-18




seems good so far! can't wait to see how it turns out.

From: T4halo
Date: 02-Jul-18




Did it get shot twice with a 410 slug?

T4

From: Knifeguy
Date: 02-Jul-18




Sure looks like it doesn’t it? Lance

From: Phil Magistro
Date: 02-Jul-18




This will be interesting to follow. It looks like those plugs will work just fine.

From: crookedstix
Date: 02-Jul-18




Is that screw epoxied in or something? I'd be going at it with a pair of Vise Grips!

From: Knifeguy
Date: 02-Jul-18




I don’t think the screw has glue on it but it’s flush with the glass. Figured I’d do more harm than good trying to get it out.

From: grizzly
Date: 02-Jul-18

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I fixed an old hunter with a piece of claro walnut about 1/8" in shape of broadhead and a Buffalo nickel.

From: grizzly
Date: 02-Jul-18

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From: tonto59
Date: 03-Jul-18




Wow That is a rough looking bow. Good luck fixing it.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 03-Jul-18




Grizzly- that arrowhead repair is way beyond my talent and is nicely done! Lance

From: grizzly
Date: 03-Jul-18




Its possible to cut the dowels flush. Sand smooth and remove finish. Glue on a veneer overlay. Cut and sand to fit. Apply a new finish. Just a thought. Whatever you do will be fine. Im sure it will shoot well

From: Knifeguy
Date: 03-Jul-18

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I worked on the Howatt a little more today. Here’s the pictures. Lance

From: Knifeguy
Date: 03-Jul-18

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As you can see in the upper photo I completely sanded the sight window and got rid of the ugly undercut. This is the off side.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 03-Jul-18

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Pins are sanded flush. Too bad whomever drilled the sight holes cracked the glass. I’ll paint the brass screw showing with paint to match the limbs before I apply and finish.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 03-Jul-18

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The old finish removed by 100 grit sandpaper and a rubber palm sanding block to keep if flat. I’ll do the lower limb tomorrow.

From: treehermit
Date: 03-Jul-18




What did you use to do the sanding?

From: Knifeguy
Date: 03-Jul-18

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Another picture of the sight window. This time outside!

From: Knifeguy
Date: 03-Jul-18

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Other side again too. Thanks for letting me share. Lance

From: Knifeguy
Date: 03-Jul-18




Treehermit-

I used a 5” electric orbital sander on the riser and good old elbow grease on the limb. Lance

From: treehermit
Date: 03-Jul-18




Thanks! Looking good.

From: chazz847
Date: 03-Jul-18




Looks good so far, what type of finish are you going to use ?

From: ButchMo
Date: 03-Jul-18




Looking good Lance.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 09-Jul-18

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Time for a progress report. This is after 3 coats of spray on gloss poly. Next is sanding with 400-600 wet dry paper and then a few more coats. I’ve decided to paint the limbs an Ivory color to hide the sight screw holes and damage to the glass. Then some clear over them too. Thanks for the positive response from all of you. Lance

From: Knifeguy
Date: 09-Jul-18

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Date: 09-Jul-18

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From: grizzly
Date: 09-Jul-18




Major improvement over what you started with. Looks great. Kelly suggested to me once to use India Ink on the limbs and it does an amazing job. I personally have never had any luck with paint on limbs except for the camo stuff.

From: Dao
Date: 09-Jul-18




wow, that cleaned up nicely!

From: ButchMo
Date: 09-Jul-18




Very nice Lance....

From: Phil Magistro
Date: 09-Jul-18




Very nice!

From: 2 bears
Date: 09-Jul-18




That was a clear case of Bow Abuse. You are doing a great job. Good for you, bringing her back. Lucky it wasn't thrown away. >>>----> Ken

From: HARRY CARRY
Date: 09-Jul-18




This is why I turn on my aging computer, and head over to "The Leatherwall".....

It doesn't get any better, than threads like this...

From: buroak
Date: 09-Jul-18




Looks great! Makes me want to get one like that and fix it up.

From: Horton bottoms
Date: 09-Jul-18




Great job Knifeguy

From: Knifeguy
Date: 10-Jul-18

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I decided to do the paint on the limbs before finishing the riser, so here it is all taped up. I used the steel wool to give the paint some bite. Thanks for looking (again). Lance

From: Knifeguy
Date: 10-Jul-18

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Date: 10-Jul-18

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From: larryhatfield
Date: 10-Jul-18




Thanks for the article, and also thanks for the care you have taken with the bow.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 10-Jul-18




Thank you Larry. You made my day. The bow shoots great and I made sure of that before undertaking the project of trying to get this poor Ventura back in the “someone cares” column. It’s 66” and 45# so it should provide some smooth plinking all day without tiring. Lance

From: Knifeguy
Date: 10-Jul-18

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Before I go much farther with the limb painting, I’ll mix a little modeler’s putty up and fill these pin holes.

From: Tim Finley Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 11-Jul-18




You could put an overlay over the screw holes .

From: Buzz
Date: 11-Jul-18




Very nice.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 11-Jul-18

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I puttied the holes last night and let it dry until this morning when I sanded it smooth using 250 and 500 grit wet dry paper.I applied 3 more coats of paint to the back of the limbs and just finished 5 coats to the belly side. Here’s a photo of where the pin holes were. Now I’m going to use automotive swirl remover and then wax the limbs before I tape them all up in order to finish the riser. Thanks for your continued interest in my little project. Lance

From: Phil Magistro
Date: 11-Jul-18




That looks great. Can't wait to see the finished bow!

From: chazz847
Date: 11-Jul-18




Looking great!! can't wait till you finish it.

From: Vtbow
Date: 11-Jul-18




Looking purdy lance. Nice job and great attention to detail. Looking forward to seeing the finished bow!

From: MStyles
Date: 12-Jul-18




Lance, you’re really taking that bow to a much higher level. Look’s good, it’ll be a beauty bow when it’s all done, nice job.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 12-Jul-18

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Ok, limbs are waxed so I can tape them tomorrow and finish the riser. I dug into one of my many unmade model kits and cut these black racing stripes to size to dress up the Howatt label. I think it makes the bow a little more complete and makes the decal look a little better. You can see why I chose to use Ivory paint on the limbs. I cut patterns for the rest and arrow plate today and while the riser dries I’ll make a 12 strand B50 Flemish string for the bow. Thanks for looking. Almost through, I promise! Lance

From: Knifeguy
Date: 13-Jul-18

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The last coats of spray poly are finished. Lance

From: Knifeguy
Date: 13-Jul-18

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From: Gray Goose Shaft
Date: 13-Jul-18




Inspiring. Nice restoration, thanks for posts.

From: chazz847
Date: 13-Jul-18




Looks really good !!

From: Knifeguy
Date: 14-Jul-18

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A few more photos of the finished riser. All waxed up. I bought a plug for the stabilizer insert and installed it to finish it off a little. Lance

From: Knifeguy
Date: 14-Jul-18

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Date: 14-Jul-18

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From: Kodiak
Date: 14-Jul-18




Man, you did an incredible job. Wow, looks great!

From: Knifeguy
Date: 14-Jul-18

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From: Knifeguy
Date: 14-Jul-18

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I applied a velcro rest and a cut down Bear plate. The string is made and stretching as I write this. I made a 10 strand yellow and white Flemish twist string for the bow. Thanks for looking. I’ll post a couple of more pictures when the string is on the bow and of my first shots with it soon. Lance

From: treehermit
Date: 14-Jul-18




That bow looked beyond gone. Very nice job done bringing it back!





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