Fletching Blazer Vanes (w/ pics)

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  • May 14, 2007 at 10:03 am #510264 Back to Top REPORT

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    June 14, 2007 at 9:11 pm #510265 Back to Top REPORT
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    June 22, 2007 at 1:48 am #510266 Back to Top REPORT



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    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

    I am just starting to fletch my own arrows with blazers, Bitz RH and Goat Tuff.

    This was an awesome post!

    Thanks for the Q-tip idea.

    July 18, 2007 at 6:02 pm #510267 Back to Top REPORT



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    Hi everyone, I am new here and am glad I joined!!!
    I noticed in this pic the permanent marker dash to indicate where to line the blazer up to, is this the same spot for all flights or just the 2″ blazers or is it a matter of personal preference?
    Thanks,
    -Nick
    July 18, 2007 at 6:03 pm #510268 Back to Top REPORT



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    sorry, here is the pic
    July 30, 2007 at 4:52 pm #510269 Back to Top REPORT
    plinker22
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    Just like another brother above, I like the Q-Tip idea. I always use a rag, the Q-Tip will be a lot more delicate.

    Great post, great explaination! I truly enjoy fletching my own arrrows.

    "The party in Hades has been canceled due to fire.
    August 4, 2007 at 1:58 pm #510270 Back to Top REPORT



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    That was a really great post! Keep up the good work. What does the ASD actually do? I’m unfamiliar with them. Thanks again.
    August 7, 2007 at 6:50 pm #510271 Back to Top REPORT

    BaMaBoWHuNTeR

    Joined: 6/12/2006
    That was a really great post! Keep up the good work. What does the ASD actually do? I’m unfamiliar with them. Thanks again.

    It squares the ends of the shaft. It’s very helpfull if you make an uneven cut, or they come from the factoy uneven. It’s really hard to make a perfectly square cut, so the ASD helps you out a little. It is well worth the $35 IMO! :thumbup

    August 10, 2007 at 10:41 am #510272 Back to Top REPORT



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    where was this 4 yrs ago when i was learning how to do this?? great post
    August 14, 2007 at 10:25 pm #510273 Back to Top REPORT



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    ok ive never fletched arrows befor but have been thinking about getting into it this was very informative but i hav e afew questions

    1. so jig puts one one fletch at a time?
    2. how do u tell how far to rotate jig for the next fletching is it marked?
    3. am i bein stupid cause when i buy a jig it wil have decent instructions on how it works
    4. could u explain as if to a slow child how the nock squareing thingamabob works as well ive seen picks of them and seen in cataloge but lookin at ur pic i stil dont know how the heck they square a nock
    5. since ur bored and its raining could u show how to square point inserts as well
    6 do they sell jigs that do all 3 fletch at same time and is it worth it timewise to get one
    7 when u put fletch on arrow how long befor glue sets and what do u do with arrow in the mean time ( do u have to leave fletch in jig while it dries befor u put next fletch on etc and can u jsut leave somewhere with nothin touchin fletch to completely dry so u can start a second arrow )

    i bought my arrows alread fletched but ive been shooting a lot and need to have 2 refletched already and i thought itd be nifty if i could learn how to do myself since i live 1.5 hours from bow shop and i dont like the guy who runs it this post cleared up a lot of questions and made me think of some more — heh i love this forums tips from u guys have got me shooting a lot better, building game cams , and a lot more knowledgeable about my own stupidity when it comes to all things archery– but every days a good day when ur not as stupid at the end of it as u were at its beginning

    tnx joe

    August 20, 2007 at 11:15 pm #510274 Back to Top REPORT



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    ok ive never fletched arrows befor but have been thinking about getting into it this was very informative but i hav e afew questions

    1. so jig puts one one fletch at a time?
    2. how do u tell how far to rotate jig for the next fletching is it marked?
    3. am i bein stupid cause when i buy a jig it wil have decent instructions on how it works
    4. could u explain as if to a slow child how the nock squareing thingamabob works as well ive seen picks of them and seen in cataloge but lookin at ur pic i stil dont know how the heck they square a nock
    5. since ur bored and its raining could u show how to square point inserts as well
    6 do they sell jigs that do all 3 fletch at same time and is it worth it timewise to get one
    7 when u put fletch on arrow how long befor glue sets and what do u do with arrow in the mean time ( do u have to leave fletch in jig while it dries befor u put next fletch on etc and can u jsut leave somewhere with nothin touchin fletch to completely dry so u can start a second arrow )

    i bought my arrows alread fletched but ive been shooting a lot and need to have 2 refletched already and i thought itd be nifty if i could learn how to do myself since i live 1.5 hours from bow shop and i dont like the guy who runs it this post cleared up a lot of questions and made me think of some more — heh i love this forums tips from u guys have got me shooting a lot better, building game cams , and a lot more knowledgeable about my own stupidity when it comes to all things archery– but every days a good day when ur not as stupid at the end of it as u were at its beginning

    tnx joe[/quote:1v197444]
    check inbow pm sent!

    August 23, 2007 at 3:02 am #510275 Back to Top REPORT
    kettlecreekhunter
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    great tips :thumbup
    September 14, 2007 at 11:12 pm #510276 Back to Top REPORT



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    BaMaBowHunter… excellant post, gets my vote for a sticky too.

    Thunderbolt, I agree, Iuse the scotchbrite also.

    September 24, 2007 at 9:01 pm #510277 Back to Top REPORT



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    Awesome post. I’ve debated rolling my own for years. This makes it look simple enough that I think it’s time to take the plunge.

    Quick question, In the example shown in this thread, did you use a straight clamp or helical and can you explain how you set the Offset?

    Thanks!

    Matt

    September 28, 2007 at 1:51 am #510278 Back to Top REPORT



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    As BaMaBoWHuNTeR suggested, here are pics and instructions to fletch an arrow with Blazer vanes using an Arizona EZ Fletch. Here are the tools I use. Of course, the Blazer Vanes in the first picture. The second picture is a paper towel, a couple paper napkins, some rubbing alcahol, Goat Tuff glue, Goat Tuff Fletching Debonder, Green Brillo Pad, EZ Strip Fletch Removal Tool and of course the Arizona EZ Fletch Carbon. I use a straight helical which is actually a 1 degree offset.



    First, I remove the nock so it doesn’t get damaged. Then I remove all three fletches with the EZ Strip tool. It normally doesn’t clean the arrows extrimely well. Then use the Goat Tuff Fletching Debonder to finish cleaning the arrow. This stuff works really well. Put some on a paper napkin and rub where the fletching was. It will soften and remove nearly all of the glue. If there is any glue left use the blade of the EZ Strip tool to scrape it off.

    Next, use the green brillo pad to rough the arrow up slightly to give the fletching a good surface to bond to. Last wipe it with a paper napkin with rubbing alcahol on it to clean any carbon dust off of the arrow. You are now ready to put the new fletching on the arrow. Put the nock back into the arrow for this step.

    Take the Arizona EZ fletch tool and push the bottom up, turn clockwise and lock in place. This will open the tool as shown.

    If you look down into the center of the tool as shown, you will see a rib. The nock fits over this rib when you insert your arrow.

    Insert the arrow into the tool pushing the nock onto the rib and allowing the spring tension hold the arrow in place.

    Next take three Blazers. Put the odd color cock feather if you have one in the odd colored arm. Make sure you push the vanes down toward the bottom of the arms as far as they will go and keep them level. The bottom of the vane goes to the bottom of the arm. The vanes should fit fairly tight and shouldn’t move much at all.

    Next, put the goat tuff glue on the three fletches. I ensure that there is a lot of glue on each fletch. I want lots on the forward edge so I start there and put a dab. I go to the trailing edge and put a dab, then one in the center. Then use the edge of the glue dispenser to spread the glue over the edge of the fletch making sure it’s well covered. This is then done to the remaining two fletch.

    Once all three fletch have glue on them, grab the tool at the bottom, with the other hand grab the metal handle, push up and turn counter clockwise to release the spring. Slowly release the pressure on your hands and allow the tool to close. Place the cap on the tool by sliding it over the arrow and aligning the indents with the three arms. Grab the bottom of the tool as well as the top and twist back and forth three or four times. This makes sure the fletches are aligned properly.

    I found that 50 seconds seems to be the magic number with goat tuff glue. I wait 50 seconds before I open the fletching tool. Take the top off, push the bottom up and turn clockwise locking in place and pull all three arms off of the arrow and new fletching.

    Pull the arrow from the tool and use a paper napkin to wipe any extra glue from the arrow and fletch. You shouldn’t need to worry about the fletching coming loose if you are careful.

    Your finished arrow should look like this:

    Good luck. I hope this helps someone.

    TeaMan

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