Joined: 4/15/2006I do everything except cutting the shafts. Like some others here I just can’t justify buying a saw to cut a few arrows a year. After asking a lot of questions of the forum members and building a dozen this past summer, I am having a few bowhunting friends asking me to make them some. Give it a try and if you have any questions, there are lots of folks here that are willing to help you out.
Joined: 10/29/2006yes i do. the owner of my archery store had his mother and 12 year old son doing the fletchings on his arrows. i got tired of driving 40 miles to get arrows re fletched. i purchased an inexpensive jig and learned from our fine forum members what to do. its easy , fast , and fun . you take more pride in your shooting. its like tying your own flies when fly fishing . the money saved on gasoline more than payed for the equipment in a year.
Joined: 12/12/2006Is it hard to fletch arrows becuase i would also like to start myself? And what kind of things would i need to buy to get started?
Is it hard to fletch arrows becuase i would also like to start myself? And what kind of things would i need to buy to get started?
No, it takes a few mistakes to get going like most things in life. Do a Google search on arrow fletching.
http://skookumarchers.com/Archery%20Lib … unters.htm
http://www.mountain-archery.com/index.asp?Page … stom&ID=32
Jig – recommend bitzenburger – worth the money for adjust-ability and longevity http://www.bitzenburger.com/
Glue – recommend fast set glues like Goat Tuff or Bohning Instant Gel
Denatured Alcohol 90% – used to clean shafts
Microfiber Towel – I use them to avoid lint from paper towels when wiping the shafts w/alcohol
Favorite Fletchings – Blazers of course
Favorite Shafts cut to length – Any quality shaft – you get what you pay for but you don’t need spend $120/dozen either
These are the basics and if you do get started, you’ll learn that there are many more items you can purchase. Cut-off saw, arrow squaring device, scales, spin testers, etc…
I have mine cut to length and use wraps since I “play” with different vanes and configurations. The wraps add cost but it saves me from scraping $7.00 shafts with a knife all summer long.
The first arrow or so can be frustrating, but it’s cool shooting your own arrows.Heres another one for what looks to be the majority answer. I have a Bitz and do my own fletching and replace nocks and inserts when necessary but do not cut my own shafts. I would if I can get my hands on a saw.
Joined: 7/12/2004After a couple times of buying new complete arrows and having inserts pullout, fletches fall off like leaves, I started building my own! Cut, fletch, the whole bit. Now I have only myself to blame if they are bad!!
Joined: 8/14/2004I love arrow building. Wont trust anyone but me.when building an arrow how do u put the fletchings on correctly, meaning spaced just right? Also which is better Straight, Right, and Left Helical?
Joined: 12/13/2006I start with raw shafts until i have a finished product. Its the only way to do it.
when building an arrow how do u put the fletchings on correctly, meaning spaced just right? Also which is better Straight, Right, and Left Helical?
The fletching jigs I use either has the arms that hold all three vanes at once, and put them on the shaft at the same time……….and the one I use all the time is a really cheap one but it works like the others…………..that do 1 vane at a time. It has a base that your nick sits in and you turn this base to pre-set indexed points………….which is where you put the vanes………….With this vane, i can replase only 1 vane if I need to
and I only bought the 1st 6 shafts pre fletched……..with the shop cutting them to length…….after that, I bought my own saw, jig, vanes, glue, stripping blade to do the work myself.
I also didn’t put a measuring tape on my arrow saw because I know that shafts won’t be EXACTLY the same length by just using the tape……..so I just take an old arrow that’s already cut to length, and use this to set my jig to the correct length.(BTW, my brother-in-law had his shafts cut to the same length as me but when we placed them side by side, his was about 1/4″ longer)
I like building my own. I really like to build a product and see how well it performs.
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Agreed! The arrow squaring device is a great product for making arrow ends much more consistant. I square both the nock and tip ends.
what arrows do some of you use?
Beman ICS Hunters mostly, some Goldtip.
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