How to make an archery target stand

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You just bought a new bow and you are ready to hone your archery skills, but you do not have a target stand to shoot at. If you happen to live in a rural area, you can begin to work on your shot by shooting at trees and other objects, but there is nothing quite like having your own target stand.

You can make a quality archery target stand yourself, no matter what your experience level, and begin to improve your skills.

Saw the sections of PVC pipe, which can be purchased from any major hardware or plumbing supply store. Make all cuts so you will have a large section of pipe left over for replacement parts.

Measure one of the 3 m (10 foot) pieces of PVC with a tape measure and make marks with a pencil 1.2 m (4 feet) and 2.4 m (8 feet) from the end.

Measure the second 3 m (10 foot) piece of PVC with a tape measure and make marks with a pencil 60 cm, 1.2 m, 1.8 m and 2.4 m (2-feet, 4-feet, 6-feet, and 8-feet) from the end.

Measure the third 3 m (10 foot) piece of PVC with a tape measure and make marks with a pencil 90 cm and 1.8 m (3 feet and 6 feet) from the end.

Cut the pieces of PVC pipe that you measured in the first two steps along the pencil marks with a hacksaw. You should end up with four 1.2 m (4 foot) long sections, six 60 cm (2 foot) sections and two 90 cm (3 foot) pieces.

Insert one 60 cm (2 foot) segment into each of the three openings of two PVC tee-fittings. These two structures are in the shape of an inverted "T" and will serve as the legs of the archery stand.

Place a tee-fitting on the end of the vertical 60 cm (2 foot) PVC segment of the inverted "T" structures that you assembled in the previous step. Insert one end of a 90 cm (3 foot) piece of PVC into the tee fitting on one of the two structures you assembled in the previous step and then insert the other end into the tee-fitting on the other inverted "T"-shaped structure to form a cross bar between the two.

Insert a 1.2 m (4 foot) segment of PVC into the top of each of the two tee-fittings you used to create the cross bar in the previous step.

Place an elbow fitting on the end of each of the 1.2 m (4 foot) segments you installed in the previous step. Insert the ends of the last 90 cm (3 foot) segment of PVC into each one of the elbows to form the crosspiece on top of the stand.

Drill holes through the 1.2 m (4 foot) segment of PVC -- 30 cm (1 foot) from the bottom and one foot from the top. Screw eye-bolts into the holes with the eyes facing toward the inside of the rectangular target area with your hand.

Cut the string in half. Tie one end of one-half of the string to the eyelet of one of the top eye-bolts. Run the other end through the eyelet of the top eye-bolt on the other 1.2 m (4 foot) segment and back to the first eyelet and tie a knot. Repeat this process with the lower eye-bolts so that you have two strings running parallel to each other between the eyelets of the four eye bolts.

Connect the bulldog clips to the top and bottom strings and then insert the cardboard target into the clips to finalise the archery stand.