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I would like to put a home archery shop together and fix and tune my own bows. I try to read as much as I can here, but most things don't make sense because I've never done it and have zero hands on experience. I would like to be able to put strings and cables on, tie string loops, serve and be able to get optimum performance out of my family's bows. I would like to start building our arrows too. I have researched prices on a press, saw, vice, hooter shooter and other bow shop tools and accessories. All of these items are in my budget, I just don't know where to start. If someone can lead me in the right direction, I would appreciate it.
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I would like to put a home archery shop together and fix and tune my own bows. I try to read as much as I can here, but most things don't make sense because I've never done it and have zero hands on experience. I would like to be able to put strings and cables on, tie string loops, serve and be able to get optimum performance out of my family's bows. I would like to start building our arrows too. I have researched prices on a press, saw, vice, hooter shooter and other bow shop tools and accessories. All of these items are in my budget, I just don't know where to start. If someone can lead me in the right direction, I would appreciate it.
Thank you,
Craig
Craig:

Start simple
and then add one piece of equipment at a time,
when you need to use that piece of equipment.



My homemade bow vise
is a block of 2x2 wood,
and I drilled a 5/16th inch hole
and then went to the hardware store
and got a 5/16 bolt with fine thread (5/16-24).













You get the idea.

I just use two dining room chairs
to hold the bow in the vertical position.

I use a 24-inch carpenter's level,
and hold it against the limb pockets and make sure the bow is dead vertical.

Then,
I can look at the sight bubble
and make sure the bubble is dead center (2nd axis).




You can do a center serving right on the bow,
is you use a spreader.

You will need a spool of serving thread
and you will need the serving tool.



The Spigarelli serving tool is very smooth.

http://www.lancasterarchery.com/sho...=2202&osCsid=deb371fb54cac20007b26c437ff4497b





A portable bow press is handy to have.
I like my Ultra Press by Gritty.
It's not a portable, but a table top model.






The MTM Archery Maintenance Center is kinda handy.






A draw board is very handy as well.
I modified my workbench.

Just need a 1/2-inch pipe nipple,
the plate on the bottom
and a boat winch.


This is the more standard version. A wooden T.





Here is my "vertical" version.














A good scale is a good thing to have.
You can get a 100 lb spring scale from Viking.
You can get a digital scale from Coffey or Pelouze.




You will want a fletching jig, eventually.
Bitzenburger is the industry standard.













You will need a set of hex wrenches.
 

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Nut&bolts, thanks for your help. I appreciate your detail. Any suggestions on books or dvd's (cam timing, arrow building, serving, tying in a peep, string building, etc.)? Thanks again nuts&bolts.
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Nut&bolts, thanks for your help. I appreciate your detail. Any suggestions on books or dvd's (cam timing, arrow building, serving, tying in a peep, string building, etc.)? Thanks again nuts&bolts.
Craig
http://www.lancasterarchery.com/sho...=8004&osCsid=5ef5bf4a436c302368af74c287bc354b

Lots of tuning info in this CD-ROM.


Covers string building, as well.



Deezlin probably builds the world's best string jig.

http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=217007&referrerid=22477

Deezlin also sells an excellent DVD about string building.

www.bowstringjigs.com



How to end a center serving.

http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=394318&referrerid=22477


Another style to end the center serving.

http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=468645&referrerid=22477



How to back serve a center serving.
http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=559051&referrerid=22477




Nice picture of a tied in peep sight, by Spectre.

http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=430921&referrerid=22477



Famous picture thread by Stringmaker about how to make a bowstring.
http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=60235&referrerid=22477



Another thread about string making.
http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=455924&referrerid=22477




Step by Step fletching with a Bitzenburger jig
http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=449195&referrerid=22477



One of the best picture threads by AKDoug and his 9 year old son, making his first bowstring.
http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=239063&referrerid=22477





Easy to build string stretcher. Very important to have the string under about 300 lbs of tension,
when you apply the center serving or the end servings. Very easy to have TOO much tension on the serving tool.
If the bowstring starts to twist, when you apply the serving, you have TOO much tension on the serving tool.

http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=544667&referrerid=22477
 

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ONCE AGAIN, Mr. Nuts&Bolts has made some of a little more willing to try stuff we thought might be too hard. Thanks for taking the time to help us help ourselves.........:wink:
 

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GRIV's tuning video is a good overview of tuning and details of bow setup.
 
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