How to Make Arrows for Compound Bows

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How to Make Arrows for Compound Bows
Construct your own custom arrows at home. (Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Making your own compound bow arrows can save you some money and allow you to create arrows of your own design. An archer can customise the arrow to fit his shooting style. And an archer can use fletching of various lengths and colours, custom vinyl arrow wraps and different coloured nocks to fully customise the arrows to fit his individual style. Building your own compound bow arrows can be done at home with the correct materials and a few speciality tools.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Aluminium arrow tubing
  • Arrow saw
  • Arrow square
  • Arrow inserts
  • Insert epoxy
  • Insert tool
  • Arrow fletching
  • Fletching jig
  • Fletching glue
  • Arrow nocks

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut the arrow tubing to length. Determine your arrow length by measuring a manufactured arrow or measuring the nock point of a fully drawn bowstring to about 3/4 inch past the bow rest. Set the arrow saw and cut accurately to length.

  2. 2

    Place the arrow shafts in an arrow square to square the cut end of the shafts and clean any residue from the end.

  3. 3

    Install the arrow inserts into one end of the shafts. Apply a small amount of prepared epoxy to the arrow insert and install the insert into the arrow shaft using the installation tool. Let the epoxy dry for 24 hours.

  4. 4

    Set the fletching jig so the clamp is about 3/4 inch from the end of the arrow on the opposite end from the inserts. Place the fletching into the jig clamp, apply a small amount of fletching glue to the fletching and set the fletching on the shaft. Allow the glue to thoroughly dry. Repeat on the two remaining fletchings.

  5. 5

    Install the nocks into the arrow shafts and align with the bow string and fletching.

  6. 6

    Attach your arrow heads into the inserts.

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