Has anyone ever built a hunting bow display case with work bench or seen
one? I'm looking to build one for my father that has three re-curve bows. He
needs a case/cabinet to store the bows and arrows, then a bench to work on
the arrows. I could measure the bows then figure the cabinet size then just
match the worktable to be 24" longer. But would love to get any ideas on
You can use broken cedar arrow shaft as pegs to store the bows on- a
slight upwards angle maybe 15-20 deg? should keep a bow in place. For a
nicer display, shaker style pegs hold a bow very well, and don't need to
be angled at all. How about an upper case with glass doors, the three
bows horizontally on pegs, about 3-4" apart. I'd leave room for another
bow or two <g>. Them archer types are almost as bad as woodworkers for
collecting the 'tools of the trade'.
A double cabinet might work nicely- upper for display, the lower having
a false drawer that opens to a bench top, with storage behind it for
parts, etc. Arrow making doesn't require lots of depth for a work
surface. The whole thing just needs to be wide enough for the bows, and
maybe depth to fit a fletching jig, small parts cabinet, string making
jig & materials (if he's into that too). I'd be tempted to turn a pair
of deep boxes, mount on the sides for completed shafts.
Hope this triggers some other ideas too- Might want to do something
- btw: antler tines as pegs? might look nice in a rustic kinda way.
I was think a double cabinet at the top with small doors on the sides for
arrows then glass doors in the center for the bows. Arrows vertical with
arrow pads on the bottoms and holders long the sides then the bows
horizontal in the center. I like the Arrow bow holders. The table would be
about 20" deep with a series of small drawers under the cabinet. Then two
file cabinet for storage of parts, tools, books, and magazines. Definite two
long boxes for arrow shafts maybe in one of the lower cabinets. Nice swivel
stool. Maple with walnut accents? He has rosewood bow that would really
stand out in a maple cabinet.
I think that if i was doing this project i would look in to the
possibility of also making it a storage area (probably in the bottom)
for all the extras that go with making arrows etc etc. You might
consider making the workbench as a fold-out from the cabinet. I can
see tho that with the storage of 3 bows and everything that this could
be a quite sizeable project. I was in to bowhunting at one time and
know that there is a lot more to store than just the bows.
For plans i would look at a gun rack, knowing that it would
have to be modified. If it didn't include a fold-out/roll-out work
counter then i would look for one separately and then figure out how
to marry them.
Ken, makin dust in Nova Scotia
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