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  • December 16, 2006 at 5:27 pm #507354 Back to Top REPORT
    hunterhwy444
    Hunterhwy444

    Joined: 4/15/2006
    I 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.

    December 16, 2006 at 5:37 pm #507355 Back to Top REPORT
    socalhuntr
    socalhuntr

    Joined: 10/29/2006
    yes 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. :thumbup 8D
    December 16, 2006 at 6:01 pm #507356 Back to Top REPORT
    mathews-martin
    Mathews Martin

    Joined: 12/12/2006
    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?
    December 16, 2006 at 6:28 pm #507357 Back to Top REPORT
    rem270
    Rem270

    Age: 45
    Joined: 2/2/2005
    yes :thumbup
    December 17, 2006 at 2:58 am #507358 Back to Top REPORT

    RJack

    Joined: 1/28/2006
    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

    http://www.carbonexpressarrows.com/faq_questions_answers.shtml

    You’ll need:

    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.

    December 17, 2006 at 3:09 am #507359 Back to Top REPORT



    Joined: 5/24/2004
    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.
    December 17, 2006 at 4:03 am #507360 Back to Top REPORT
    booner
    booner

    Joined: 7/12/2004
    After 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!! :thumbup
    December 17, 2006 at 4:26 am #507361 Back to Top REPORT
    buckchef
    BuckChef

    Joined: 8/14/2004
    I love arrow building. Wont trust anyone but me.
    December 17, 2006 at 4:27 am #507362 Back to Top REPORT



    Joined: 5/24/2004
    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?
    December 17, 2006 at 4:51 am #507363 Back to Top REPORT
    elk-assassin
    Elk Assassin

    Joined: 12/13/2006
    I start with raw shafts until i have a finished product. Its the only way to do it.
    December 17, 2006 at 11:01 am #507364 Back to Top REPORT
    nippers
    Nippers

    Joined: 1/10/2006
    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) [=}=]

    December 17, 2006 at 11:16 am #507365 Back to Top REPORT
    mn5503
    mn5503

    Joined: 2/21/2006

    I like building my own. I really like to build a product and see how well it performs.

    G5 ASD is a must![/quote:2jke7bxc]

    Agreed! The arrow squaring device is a great product for making arrow ends much more consistant. I square both the nock and tip ends.

    December 18, 2006 at 2:17 am #507366 Back to Top REPORT



    Joined: 5/24/2004
    what arrows do some of you use?
    December 18, 2006 at 2:23 am #507367 Back to Top REPORT
    booner
    booner

    Joined: 7/12/2004
    what arrows do some of you use?

    Beman ICS Hunters mostly, some Goldtip.

    December 18, 2006 at 2:41 am #507368 Back to Top REPORT



    Joined: 5/24/2004
    does anybody have pictures of how to build an arrow, or could someone take pics for me?
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