Riser Transformation

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Riser Transformation

Postby Savage » Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:49 am

Here is a riser I made a while back that I did a transformation on. I added phenolic to the fadeouts, removed the finger grooves, radiused the shelf and basically trimmed the whole thing down a bit. Hard to believe its the same riser.
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Re: Riser Transformation

Postby Greywolf » Sat Mar 12, 2011 1:49 pm

Great restore !!!
What finish did you use?
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Re: Riser Transformation

Postby Savage » Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:18 pm

I sprayed around 10 coats of Spar Urethane on it. I may be switching to Thunderbird on the next one though.
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Re: Riser Transformation

Postby Okie » Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:54 am

Wow!! That turned out nice. Great job.
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Re: Riser Transformation

Postby FullDraw » Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:55 am

Very nice, Savage. Why are you switching to Thunderbird? Looks like the spar did a great job for you.
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Re: Riser Transformation

Postby Greywolf » Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:07 pm

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I used Thunderbird on my Recurve, they have a newer finish that sets up over night and is harder. and comes in satin as well.
Only problem is she won't ship to Hawaii due to the haz mat, before I sent it to my brother and he sent it to me.


Thats the way I got mine. it's good stuff
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Re: Riser Transformation

Postby Savage » Mon Mar 14, 2011 2:41 pm

Thats what I hear. I also hear that it works better on the oily woods like Bocote where some have had problems getting the Urethane to take to it.
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Re: Riser Transformation

Postby bowdoc » Sat Apr 23, 2011 7:50 am

wow I gotta say I surely do like the second life you gave it better.That looks outstanding very nice work bd
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Re: Riser Transformation

Postby Greywolf » Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:23 pm

I have one I'm, gonna refinish with Tru Oil and do 8-10 hand rubbed coats. I like that because i can use 0000 steel wool and give it a real deep satin look
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Re: Riser Transformation

Postby elkslayer4x5 » Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:22 pm

I'm sure that you know that using steel wool will leave tiny bits of the steel wood behind, be sure to wipe it down well after you're done polishing, before appling the finish., Just sayin. :)
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Re: Riser Transformation

Postby Greywolf » Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:39 pm

Steel wool don't happen till the last 2 coats. The riser is final sanded with rubber gloved hand to 600 grit to prevent oil smudges on the wood. The first two coats are applied immediately to seal the pores and grains. 400 grit sanding occurs every 4th,6th an 8th coat then the steel wooling.
The finish takes longer, than it does to build the bow. Thunderbird has a new finish that allows a complete finish in 3 days. but living in Hawaii the finish is $80.00 but the shipping is $172.50 go figure, I don't build enough bows to warrant that cost.
On a recent trip to Texas, Learned a new technique to spraying risers and limbs so the don't shine. anxious to try that.
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