[Healeys] Wood top bow

simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com
Sun Dec 15 15:20:59 MST 2019

I’ve thought about it often. Mine’s OK but no more than OK. It’s been tacked and stapled so often that it looks like it’s had woodworm.

I concluded that, when/if I do it, I’ll make it out of layers of marine ply. Make all the layers consistently oversize by about 10%, reduce it down a little with a draw knife then finish it off with one of those sand paper thingies on a foam rubber roller. (Used in an electric drill. Done outside as the sawdust comes off in clouds!) Those things are brilliant for making compound curves in wood. I first used one when I made my eldest daughter a large Victorian style rocking horse. Keeping the original close bow to hand and an accurate set of calipers should get a precise end result. Finish off with epoxy and a layer or two of some sort of sealer/preservative. 

I’d do it and good luck to you if you do.



From: Healeys <healeys-bounces at autox.team.net> On Behalf Of richard mayor
Sent: 15 December 2019 21:45
To: healeys <healeys at autox.team.net>
Subject: [Healeys] Wood top bow


Has anyone made their own wood top bow?  As I'm getting ready to order a new wood top bow for my BN7, and seeing the price, I wondered if I could make my own. I have my own little wood shop, band saw, table saw, router, etc. 

I have not yet disassembled the old top.  I was leaving that up to the upholstery shop so they could see how it all goes together. But then I thought, how hard could it be to make one myself?   A 4 foot 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" stick of white oak will cost me about $20.00.

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