[Healeys] Wood top bow

Michael Salter michaelsalter at gmail.com
Sun Dec 15 16:54:24 MST 2019

I have made several out of ash and they work just fine.
The convertible ones would be a little more difficult as they curve in 2
planes but the roadsters are easy.
I use a router mounted in a table to do the rounding.


On Sun, Dec 15, 2019, 5:21 PM , <simon.lachlan at alexarevel.plus.com> wrote:

> 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.
> Simon
> *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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