Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


DIY stringer, how to stop slipping?

Messages posted to thread:
HuumanCreed 25-May-22
Jim 25-May-22
JLBSparks 25-May-22
The Whittler 25-May-22
The Whittler 25-May-22
Joey Ward 25-May-22
Mpdh 25-May-22
HuumanCreed 25-May-22
Orion 25-May-22
arrowchucker 25-May-22
2 bears 25-May-22
Gray Goose Shaft 25-May-22
Gray Goose Shaft 25-May-22
babysaph 25-May-22
crookedstix 26-May-22
pickngrin 26-May-22
Vaquero 45 26-May-22
selstickbow 26-May-22
fdp 26-May-22
crookedstix 26-May-22
reddogge 26-May-22
bodymanbowyer 26-May-22
Supernaut 26-May-22
GLF 26-May-22
Shawn 26-May-22
Longcruise 26-May-22
Frisky 27-May-22
Pdiddly2 27-May-22
Jack Whitmrie jr 27-May-22
Pdiddly2 27-May-22
mangonboat 27-May-22
Jack Whitmrie jr 27-May-22
Wayne Hess 27-May-22
fdp 28-May-22
mahantango 28-May-22
Pdiddly2 28-May-22
Longcruise 28-May-22
Eskanto 28-May-22
Longcruise 28-May-22
From: HuumanCreed
Date: 25-May-22




Trying to make my own bow stringers. I'm running into the issue where the end that loop around the limbs keep sliding toward the riser as I pull. Anyone know what is a good MacGuyver material I can pad the stringer with? I see a lot of videos on using pencil erasers, but any other good lasting suggestions?

From: Jim Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 25-May-22




Do yourself a favor and buy a stringer from Black Widow Bows and you will never be disappointed or possibly injured.

From: JLBSparks
Date: 25-May-22




Thumb pressure?

-Joe

From: The Whittler
Date: 25-May-22




2nd what Jim said and a Weber works great also.

From: The Whittler
Date: 25-May-22




2nd what Jim said and a Weber works great also.

From: Joey Ward
Date: 25-May-22




Spread your legs wider on the stringer.

From: Mpdh Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 25-May-22




Put your thumb on it until the limb angle prevents it from moving.

MP

From: HuumanCreed
Date: 25-May-22




Hmm...thank you for the advices. Sound like its my posture and method that is the real issue.

From: Orion Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 25-May-22




Yep. Perhaps a longer string so you can take a wider stance on the stringe. Holding the loop in place until it no longer has a tendency to slip is also a good idea. Better idea yet, is to make or buy a two pocket stringer (such as the Webster) which fits over both limb tips.

From: arrowchucker
Date: 25-May-22




FIVICS made a dual pocket stringer with a BIG pouch for the bottom and a long deep pocket for top limb. Depending on the bow I have to stuff some paper in the top on a bow with tiny tips but once you have it on nothing can move. Best I’ve ever found.

I tried to get another one but the only place in the world I could find then was Merlin archery in the UK. And you have to look in the clearance box. A month ago I bought 2 should last me forever. They may have some more so take a look. Not very expensive because of clearance and was here in about 10 days.

Arrowchucker

From: 2 bears
Date: 25-May-22




Rubber tubing over Paracord. Or piece of innertube glued to leather.>>>---> Ken

From: Gray Goose Shaft
Date: 25-May-22

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Add a piece of inner tube or leather to the cord loop to bind against the upper limb. Some people cross-drill a large eraser.

Also, you could cut the end off of a road-killed rubber bungee cord, cross drill it, and thread your stringer through it to accomplish the same thing.

I cut a slug of rubber from the end of a highway bungee and laminated a piece of leather to the back of it with barge cement.

From: Gray Goose Shaft
Date: 25-May-22




Please post a picture of your upgraded DIY stringer.

From: babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 25-May-22




I use to buy the ones that go over both limbs years ago but can not find them anymore. I hate the ones that slide up the top limb.

From: crookedstix
Date: 26-May-22




I use a Selway stringer, and I always have my legs close to four feet apart, so that the ends of the stringer are pulling the tips down in an almost vertical line. I hold the top loop of the string with my middle finger on the left hand, and my left thumb is used to keep the rubber block way up near the limb tip. Once you apply about 15-20# of pressure, the tips bend down enough so there's no more chance for the rubber block to slip...which allows me to take my thumb off the block, and use my whole left hand to make sure that the string loop goes smoothly into the nocking grooves. It helps to have big hands or long fingers for this job.

From: pickngrin
Date: 26-May-22




Instead of a single rubber block I started using a 4 or 5 inch piece of rubber fuel line hose with the rope thru it. It grips over and on the sides of the limb, no slipping.

From: Vaquero 45
Date: 26-May-22




I have made my own years ago when I first started. Nowadays I have the Selways , one for recurve , one for longbow. Plus I like the fact that they come from Montana.

From: selstickbow
Date: 26-May-22




SELWAY like crookedstix said. couple other practical-looking solutions above, as well...pickngrin & gray goose shaft. My selway block does not seem to slip with feet spread wide like noted. I like the large pencil eraser for a DIY version.

From: fdp
Date: 26-May-22




"I hate the ones that slide up the top limb."

^^^I had a few many years ago and threw them all away, I wouldn't carry one home.^^^

From: crookedstix
Date: 26-May-22




fdp, you might want to rethink that--your observation puts you in the same camp with Frisky, who hates Selway stringers with a passion and refuses to use one!

From: reddogge
Date: 26-May-22




Selways require a technique like Crookedstix described. No problems with them if you do it right.

From: bodymanbowyer
Date: 26-May-22




Selway for me also. I see crookedstic follows the instructions too. JF

From: Supernaut
Date: 26-May-22




I like my Selway as well.

From: GLF
Date: 26-May-22




I use nothing but black widow double cup stringers. No slip and more leverage so easier to bend the limbs. And the lower cup goes so far on that it would be impossible to come off. The top cup is made for small tips. I've got a ton of single cup types in my junk box, mostly unused that came with bows.

From: Shawn
Date: 26-May-22




Step thru or push pull, no stringer needed. Been stringing bows that way for close to 50 years and no issues. Shawn

From: Longcruise
Date: 26-May-22

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Abandon that style of stringer and go with the tip to tip type. If you are wanting to make your own, they are fairly simple.

From: Frisky
Date: 27-May-22




One reason Crookedstix breaks bows all the time is that crappy stringer he uses. The thing will also break your back! Get a tip to tip stringer. They are, by far, the best. Get a Bateman. They work on tiny tips like you find on Drakes.

Joe

From: Pdiddly2
Date: 27-May-22




Selway is what I use 95% of the time...baffled why people don't like them or can't make them work...each months I string dozens of bows from 40-65# with a Selway with no issues.

On some heavy bows with large tips I use a Bateman but will not use it on small tipped bows by stuffing the cup as it is more dangerous than a Selway as it can slip.

From: Jack Whitmrie jr
Date: 27-May-22




I'll never ever use any stringer that is not a tip to tip stringer. Disaster waiting to happen otherwise.

From: Pdiddly2
Date: 27-May-22




I cannot understand what disaster can possibly ensue from using a stringer like the Selway??

Once there is tension on the rubber block it will not slip. The loop is always over the limb so the limb is controlled.

If the top end of a tip to tip stringer comes off now THAT is a disaster...there is nothing slowing that limb down!

As for a Selway being hard on the limbs because there is ostensibly an uneven load, I have not heard anyone actually report any ill effects for the negligible difference.

From: mangonboat
Date: 27-May-22




I was unstringing a Dryad Orion with a Webster tip to tip stringer and in the blink of an eye the supercurve limb twisted just enough to pull sideways out of the upper tip 'cup' and bite me hard just above my right eye . I am very selective, now, with tip to tip stringers. A wide stance and good grip on the riser makes all the difference with the Selway-type stringers.

From: Jack Whitmrie jr
Date: 27-May-22




I HATE the stringers with a rubber block, I made mine into tip to tip stringers. Why do I hate them, they slip!

From: Wayne Hess
Date: 27-May-22




Tip to Tip stringer are ok if you have Big tips , Small Tips , the cup covers the string groove and can’t slide the string in tip groves, I agree with Crookedstix use of stringer, recurve or longbow

From: fdp
Date: 28-May-22




crookedstix...I just saw that post about Frisky and sprayed iced tea all over my screen. :)

From: mahantango
Date: 28-May-22




I'm with Pdiddly and Kerry. In over twenty years I've yet to come across a bow that I couldn't string safely and easily with a Selway.

From: Pdiddly2
Date: 28-May-22




Fdp LOL!!

One needs to carefully check out all of Frisky’s wacko theories for fear of aligning yourself with one!

Crookedstix instructions are helpful for those who find the block slips. Need to use both feet spread wide apart and load the stringer while holding the block right against the bow string loop.

Once it is loaded it is easy to flex the limbs while sliding the string loop up the limb and into the string notches.

Used properly it is the best and safest design made…

From: Longcruise
Date: 28-May-22




Someone on this topic pm'd me for pictures of how to make the stringer I showed. I went back to my PMs to pick up the email address and all my PM messages are gone.

So, I need to have you contact me again with the email address.

From: Eskanto
Date: 28-May-22

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I've used the Thunderhorn Superstringer for years without any problems. Got one from the Toelkes when I bought my first whip from them years ago and it is still the one that goes with me. I made my own version of it to use at home using the rubber block from a selway stringer. The selway worked but I found the pocket for the lower limb too big and floppy on the small-tipped Toelke bows. Superstringer is the one with the tan cordage. I had originally made mine using a double layer of leather with rubber glued on the underside (it's around somewhere but I can't find it to take a foto), but the rubber block from the selway works much better. As others said, easy to keep the block from sliding by holding it in place with your thumb with the block up against the string's upper loop until there is tension on the stringer. Hope this helps.

From: Longcruise
Date: 28-May-22




Never mind, I got it.





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