Archery Talk Forum banner

1 - 6 of 6 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
537 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I would like to start putting together my own arrows. Meaning: I would still purchase pre-finished shafting (stained, sealed, crested) to start with. I have looked at many magazines and websites and things get rather over-whelming in regard to the basics that I need.

Taper tools run from $8 (hand held) to infinity, same holds true for fletchers and just about everything else.

So, for a guy who wants to do the basics. Cut pre-finished shafts, taper both ends for nocks and points, fletch (single arrow not multi sets). WHat items (and even brands) do you suggest? Including glues and all the little things.

I plan on working with wood shafts and I would like to keep things near the $200 range (not including the shafts, points and such).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
125 Posts
NH Guy, I,m no pro but this is what works for me. As far as cutting your shafts, I'v used any thing that cuts. Hacksaw, Leatherman saw, even a steak knife. The cut doesn't have to be perfectly clean since you are tapering the end anyway. For tapering, I got a small pencil sharpener type from 3 Rivers Archery, it does the point and nock end. Just make sure you get the right size to match the diameter of your shafts. Just a few dollars. For fletching, I got a Grayling fletching jig from Cabela's. About $30. I mounted the jig on an old wood cutting board. This is helpful for pushing on the field points and also catching any dripping hot melt glue. I use Ferrel-Tite by Bohning for glueing points. $4. I've used Fletch-Tite by Bohning for glueing feathers, but now I use their Fletch tape. Which is quicker and cleaner. $6. So you can make your own arrows fairly cheap and it's alot fun. Hope this helps. Jim
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
62 Posts
Ok NH GUY . Heres what you need. First you need a taper tool,I use TRU CENTER TAPER TOOL(27.95).Its fairly easy to use. Then you need a fletching gig.I use both a Bitzenburger and a Jo-jan multi-fletch. the Bitzenburger is a single fletch gig, and is all you'll ever need. Make sure you get the same clamp as wing feather you will use( right or left wing). cost about $70.00. As for glue use DUCO cement on wood , or try feather fletching tape($7.00). For arrow nocks, you have a choice with CLASSIC INDEX nocks, SNAP-ON nocks, or NIRK nocks, your choice, about $1.50 a dozen. So far you are up to about $110.00 less shafts. I would also suggest you purchase a how-to tape on arrow building like the one sold by 3-rivers( CRAFTING TRADITIONAL WOOD ARROWS) another $15.00. In fact you can find every thing you need at 3-rivers.com. Good luck and Good arrow building.:cocktail:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
200 Posts
I tried my hand with those prefinished 3 rivers shafts. While my arrows turned out looking ok, they just didn't end up shooting as good as some of my other arrows. I never did figure out why. BTW I used the fletch tape instead of the glue and it seems to work ok.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,264 Posts
If you're going to be really serious about your arrows, eventually you're going to need a spine tester which is pricey (about $125 minimum.) I'd also suggest that eventually you'll need a dial indicator arrow straightener (about $60.) Just fletching up a dozen shafts from some supplier won't get it if you're interested in accuracy.
 
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
Top