Wood footed arrow shafts are a great deal of work however if you’re aiming to include a little additional weight and strength to the front end of wood arrows, it’s an excellent method to go. This video will take you through the whole procedure, from grooving the arrow shaft and making the footing entwines to gluing whatever up and completing them off. This will need some power tools, primarily a drill press or router table, and a little bandsaw (you might utilize a hacksaw rather). I likewise utilize a belt sander however this part can be done by hand if you do not have one.
I utilized my little 9 inch bandsaw to cut my own footing entwines however you can get these pre made from 3Rivers if you wish to conserve a long time or do not have the products. Mine were made from walnut merely since that’s what I had. Walnut is an excellent option due to its strength and dark color. If you seek appearances, you’ll desire a dark colored footing to stand apart versus the light colored shafts. The shafts I utilized were Sitka Spruce from TrueShaft. I chose these due to the fact that, for the spinal column and size, they’re quite lightweight which provides me more versatility in controling FOC.
To prep the arrow shaft to get the footing splice, I utilized the 4 Point footing jig from 3Rivers which worked excellent. If you wish to conserve a little money I likewise discovered a Do It Yourself variation on TradGang that appears like it would works well.
Getting things established is the most difficult part of the entire procedure. It is very important to have the router bit completely lined up with the jig and at the correct depth. If it’s running too shallow, the shaft will not fit all the method into the footing and you’ll be entrusted spaces triggering a weak joint in between footing and shaft. If you’re utilizing a drill press, the simplest method to change the depth of the cut was through moving the bit up and down instead of the table. You’ll likewise wish to run journalism at a quite high RPM for a smooth cut. Throughout preliminary setup and practice, utilize some scrap shafts or damaged arrows. Anticipate to mess some up prior to you master it. Much better to begin with scrap than destroy your excellent shafts while finding out.
As soon as you have actually got whatever set perfect, grooving the shafts goes quite rapidly. You’ll simply require to pay very close attention to the position of the shaft when you turn it in the jig. If you’re off simply a little it’ll display in the end product. When running the shaft through the router bit, ensure you keep excellent pressure on it to prevent the jig tilting. And if you’re entrusted some rough edges after the cut you can clean them up with a file.
As pointed out, I cut my own footing blanks. Start with an piece of wood a half inch by half inch by 8 inches long. Set your bandsaw fence to a quarter inch and saw down about 5 inches, splitting the blank in half for that length. Back out, turn the blank and do it once again. Now you have a 4 pronged wood footing blank to slip onto the shaft.
Next you’ll require to coat the surface areas with an excellent wood glue like TiteBond 3. A sliver of wood is available in really useful for getting the glue into the difficult situations. Use a little to the grooves on the shaft also. As soon as whatever is covered, however prior to you slip the shaft into the blank, secure the blank at the base of the cuts to avoid them from splitting. Now move the shaft in and seat it in the blank. Offer it a little tap with a mallet if it’s not getting all the method to the end. If you can’t get it seated without significant fractures in the footing blank, you most likely didn’t cut the grooves deep enough. You’ll require to securely cover a string around the fingers of the footing blank to keep them tight versus the shaft up until the glue dries.
When whatever is dry, you merely (however not so quickly) take the excess wood to the initial shaft size with whatever tools you desire. I utilized a belt sander, rasp, file, and sand paper– because order. Simply take care not to come down into the shaft and lower the shaft size itself. When you get near end up size, chucking the nock end of the arrow shaft in a drill enables you to spin it while holding the footing in a folded sheet of sand paper. When all the excess wood and glue is gone, end up the shaft off like any other. Congrats, you have actually simply completed your very first 4 winged wood footed shaft! Now do eleven more …
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