How to make an arrow fletching jig

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How to make an arrow fletching jig
Fletch arrows accurately with a fletching jig. (Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Archery is a sport of accuracy. With a barrage of factors affecting any given shot, the archer needs to gain as much control as possible. This means stringing the bow appropriately and fletching the arrows. Fletching is the art of fixing the feathers -- whether actual or vinyl -- to the end of the shaft. After all, by not fletching, the arrow is little more than a miniature spear. Fletching is what gives an arrow its range. Rather than invest in an expensive fletching jig, you can try this simple trick and spare yourself the cost.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Hand drill
  • 2.5 cm (1 inch) wood bit
  • Hand saw
  • Permanent marker
  • Tape measure
  • 5 x 10 x 30 cm (2 x 4 x 12 inch) wood plank
  • 25 x 30 x 2 cm (10 x 12 x 3/4 inch) wood board
  • Wood screws

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure and mark off the mid-point of the wood plank.

  2. 2

    Drill a 2.5 cm (1 inch) hole through the marked mid-point.

  3. 3

    Using a hand saw, saw through the centre of the newly drilled hole. This will make two 15 cm (6 inch) planks of wood with a U-shaped, notched end.

  4. 4

    Mark the wood board, allowing the two planks to stand parallel at either end.

  5. 5

    Stand both planks, in turn, on the marked edges of the wood board and screw them in place. The end result is a fletching jig.

Tips and warnings

  • Take care when using a hand drill or saw.

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