Paper Backing a Bow

Backing a bow (adding a layer of another material to the back of a bow) is done with a variety of materials for a variety of reasons. Some backings change the properties of a bow (wood, rawhide, etc.) and some are just for looks and to add slight protection from splinters lifting on the back (snakeskin, paper, etc.). In this post I'll explain how I applied a paper backing to my bow. I'm by no means an expert, but my method seemed to work very well. Preparation I backed my bow after gluing on the handle and tip overlays, but...

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DIY Bow Stringer

If you have a bow (or just finished making one, like me) then you should have a bow stringer. A bow stringer allows you to easily string your bow without putting potentially harmful stress on the limbs. Bow stringers can be purchased, but they're also really easy to make, and it just seems fitting to make your own bow stringer if you're making a bow. Design There are a few ways to make a bow stringer; mine will simply be a pouch and a vinyl strip on opposite ends of a nylon strip. The pouch goes on the bow tip...

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3D Printed Camera Slider

Features Over the years I've made my fair share of camera sliders, from very simple 2x4 sliders to more complicated wooden sliders. Most of them worked well enough since they were motorized, but they weren't great and without the motor it was difficult to move them steadily. Now that I have a 3D printer, I thought I'd have another go at making a slider. This time I opted for aluminum rails and printed bushings. The tension of the bushings can be adjusted with an Allen key, which allows you to compensate for wear over time and adjust the friction of...

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Preventing and Solving Hotend Jams

The hot end is one of the most important parts of a 3D printer, and also one of the most troublesome. The thermal dynamics of a hot end are very critical, and if everything isn't perfect, they just won't work. I am by no means an expert on the subject, but I've had my fair share of issues, so hopefully my experiences can be of help to others. Here are some of the issues I've had and how I fixed them. This post deals specifically with J-Heads, but most of the tips apply to other hot ends as well. Cooling...

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Everyday 3D Printing - Bathtub Plugs

These days 3D printing is all the rage: cars are being printed, inexpensive prosthetics are being produced, complex surgeries are being completed with the help of 3D printing, and so much more. Companies are producing low cost consumer printers, RepRap printers are becoming fairly easy to build, and in general it isn't to difficult to get your hands on a 3D printer. However, the average person is probably still wondering, “What would I actually use a 3D printer for?” This series will show everyday uses for 3D printers. Many of these projects will seem small and insignificant, but that’s...

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