I have everything to build my own arrows except a cutter. Can I use a dremel as a substitute? Can't justify buying one only to use it once every couple of years. If so what speed works best on the dremel with the cut off disc?
I have done this with great results at around 6000RPM with a standard cutoff disk that came with my dremel. Keeping it square is the difficult part without setting up some kind of fixture to hold the dremel.
I built a little gig out of wood and mounted the dremel to it to help keep the arrow square and it worked great...All I did is mounted it so the cutting wheel was close the the surface and that way I could just roll the arrow into the blade making a nice straight cut...
When I first started building my own arrows, I used a Dremel and it worked ok, but man the time and effort I had to take to get the ends squared up afterwards was a booger. I finally broke down and bought an arrow saw. I still use square the ends with the G5 ASD, but it's usually only a few turns and they're good to go.
What I do is wrap blue masking tape around the shaft at the edge of where I going to cut. This gives me a good cut line to follow that is relatively visually square.
Then I cut off the ends 1/4"-1/2" beyond the masking tape line. I do this so when I make the final cut on the tape line, I can hold the dremel parallel with the shaft....otherwise the dremel will have to be held at an angle.
I then make the final cut and then use a sanding drum to lightly sand any high spots on the cut. I test fit the insert and re-sand untill the insert is flush.
Remove tape and then glue in the inserts. :thumbs_up
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