How to Make Traditional Wood Arrows

How to Make Traditional Wood Arrows



so we're getting ready for the hunt tomorrow so my dad showed me some of the arrows that he just made up and he's gonna talk about the different heads that we use a lot of people asked about that the first ones in judo it's a gluon it's about 125 green and just use your ferro-cement heats it right up it takes it right off these are good they got a good striker point and they have these little blades that help when you get in grass and that kind of stuff if they hit the a hard surface won't skip no matter what and they're extremely tough the downside is if you get it an animal and it runs off it'll stay in the animal it won't come out and I've lost these on prairie dogs they've taken them down holes I've had rabbits take them down holes that's the downside the upside is and they're a little bit expensive but they they will kill then they are very good they fly really good the second is what they call the hammer this kind of got a hex head with a little points on it and in the inside it's got a little tiny point and these are also glue on there about a hundred and twenty-five grains easy on easy off they'll go on an animal kills them dead on the spot they don't skip bad at all even on hard ground they'll pretty much stay where you hit extremely tough I've shot him in two things I shouldn't have like metal fences and stuff and they hold up pretty good and this is the old-fashioned HTM rubber blunt they slide right over the head I think they'll wiggle a little bit there's a little bit of give on some of them they'll Bend on one side sometimes extremely hard they will skip that's the downside they're a little bit light but they will not penetrate very well but once they've hit it the damage is done they hit very very hard well here's one I've designed myself they take a 38 special or a 357 blunt excuse me doc the cartridge and what I do is I put a 22 bullet which is about 40 grains I take the bullet out of the casing cut it in half smash it with a hammer so it's round and it fits right in and I put three of those in there to get up 265 grains and I've got some in the 140 range you want at least 125 to make it worthwhile they hit really hard you can see these have banged off of rocks and so forth and they just they do really well they penetrate well they hit very hard and they're cheap you can get a whole bunch for nothing you just remember to put the lead in first you just pound the lead right down in here and a little circle just take a dowel rod pound it in flat and then put the arrow inserted just with a ferrous in it and inexpensive and very hard-hitting well what type of fletching do you prefer and why okay good question when we hunt in the wintertime lots of snow so we use big fletching that'll slow the arrow down they're good to about 25 30 yards and then really start to taper off but when they they have plenty of power for that first 25 30 yards but I lost Bose doesn't really matter those up really good but when it hits the snow you want something to be helped kind of stop it and slow oh the arrow down so they just skip under the three feet of snow you'd be looking all day that's why we use these you can modify them after a while they start to get worn down a little bit a little bit noisy like the short-range shots that we make on on the rabbits doesn't affect them they haven't got time to duck them usually I'm going to work from a five inch to a four inch but typically I only go the three fletching that's all it's it easy to get that arrow stable you really don't need four that's just a little overkill so three is fine again you can use a five inch or all the way down to four inch and I just use three and it looks really good use the light color because this shows up really good in flight for videos shows up really good in snow shows up really good in it because that's not a real natural color so if you skip one and goes to the woods somewhere they're easy to find that's why we use them hey Dad you have any other arrows just a couple I want to make sure I don't run out you can't have too many arrows these are my guest arrows these are my hunting arrows this really used I think it looks like it's got some coloration to it and then of course some mud these haven't been cleaned up since last year and then the other arrows these are also used that pass through an antelope this last year I do not clean them up afterwards I just put the my tag on it show and tell hey just get your shaft if you buy them from Three Rivers you get them and and lots of a dozen and you go through and you look at the arrows decide you're always going to get a couple that aren't really straight there's a couple ways to check straightness one is to spin it just roll what you see a bubble another way is to put it on your fingers these two fingers here and spin it like that and you can just feel it slide down your fingernails it would just slide and then the third way just look down shaft and twist it if it's bad you'll see it a big lump in it it'll kind of go off to one side or the other so you set those aside deal with those later so you take your shaft and the first thing I do is I cut a knock into it using the what they call a taper tool they come in different sizes one side will have it for the nock and you flip it over and ask for your broadheads field points other tapers and they come in different sizes them in 30 seconds 5:16 it's 2364 know how you do is just insert it like a pencil sharpener stick it in there grind it through and it'll peel off and it look like that when it's done it then the next thing I do is just slip a knock that's about the size you want so these are I got these are little kid arrows and I got 5/16 11 30 seconds and so that one would be a probably a 5/16 so I'll just take a knock and it inserts like so all you do is use your glue and here's the key here you put your glue you put on kind of sparing like just give it a little tiny squeeze and you do the top half just go around a little bit like that so when you put your knock on it'll push the glue down automatically and you just twist it along and it's on there and you just take that just spin it with a cloth and then you're done for them and if your taper is nice and even that knock will go on there and be just fine give it 15 minutes it'll be hard as a rock I mean it's ready for fletching but before I flex that's how the knot goes on some people like to stain their arrows depends how long I think they'll live kid arrows I usually don't spend much time doing that but i'll stain it I just take a regular stain colors I like the wood the dark this one happens to be red oak kinda gives it really brings out this the actual grain you can see in the wood so I just dab with a little paint slide it on there kind of grease it like this I'll put it in a cloth and rub it up and down like that I'll give it 24 hours to dry and then I'll put my knock on and you want to make sure it's really dry before you do that and you don't want it to beat up you don't want anything rough edges and so you just kind of work the stain into the wood really good then just let it dry and then it's ready for flexing this is off the right wing so if I'm a turkey it's gonna be like this and so when it's fully extended and you have all your wings out they're gonna look like this and the way to tell is they have two sides they have a real thick quill side and on this one happens to be right winged and so your big quill is gonna be on the left side and so when you put it on your shaft you want to make sure you have the proper clamp that allow you to do that now since these are real you can you have to trim them you cut up and take a razor blade and slide it down so when you buy them commercially cover big packages of 100 and they look like this they've already been trimmed right down the middle they've colored them almost domestic turkeys are white so they color them and so this is gonna be a left wing this is my wing it's gonna be out like this and they underside or them you know what the proper word for it is but it's going to taper off to the left instead of the right it's if you see the difference there's a right wing and there's a left wing if you turn them over you'll see that the prominent quill structure is on the inside on the left wing it's on the right side on our right wing the quill structure is on the other side on the left side and so it's you always kind of want them to be the same for the same arrow so I'm going to use right wing I'm gonna use all right wing if I'm gonna use left I'm gonna use all left wing impact someone hundred but they're only so long so I have a measuring tool here for my big hunting arrows I like to use five-inch sometimes all the way up to five and a half which means I can't get very much arrow out of here so if I'm just using practice arrows or kid arrows I go four inches that way can usually get at least two out of here make it worthwhile and so all I do is put it on a board measuring pre-measured so I'll put four inches on there and I'll just mark it slide it down mark it again take some scissors want to make sure there's enough on the show that fletching to the glue on that string and that piece will fall right out put that back up for later okay I've got three arrows or three fletchings wondergirl take that shaft all gonna be going the same way they're gonna be left wing but I got a feather notch in my Knock itself at the index knock so when I put it on the shaft on the string I can feel where it is with my thumb and then it'll always be in the same place so I will start by reflecting by putting that point up and so it's flat like that in my Fletcher clamps very same spot each time so my answers no better just slide it down put it right back in right the mark just kind of set it in there good don't want to send it all the way to the bottom because sometimes you don't want to get too much glue in there speaking of glue just take the cap off don't do a whole lot of squeezing on they just let it kind of come out by itself and I start at the back end just kind of walk it forward and there was this helical so I kinda have to rotate it a little bit I'm just gonna dab it back okay that's good to go it's got a preset notch here you know preset notch here the arrows secure so I'll just set that in there make sure that once lined up and I'm just gently lay it right in there kind of tap both ends just to make sure it's in there give it 15 minutes go be some deep get ready for the next year but I can do six at a time I just go one after the other one two three four five six and in 15 minutes we'll turn this little clamp take that clamp off with rotate the arrow put a flap on a new feather and we'll do it three times and you're done it's now you've got to knock on what you blew on with glue glue cuz you're never gonna want to take that off for any reason the opposite end I might want to change it feel tip to a broad head that's how you wanted to spin see how that feels really nice that means it arrow is straight and that alignment is perfect that'll spin just perfect so to make sure that stays on well we use this natured alcohol in a burner all it is is a stem that comes up to like a kerosene land just make sure you get the yoke kind of make sure it's wet just fire it up so put a hit on first thing I would do this what they call feral type submit' it's just a hot glue it melts I'm just gonna heat the tip of it do not get this on your skin or their clothes it'll burn everything it's just hot cement and again just like the glue we put it on that top part so we put our head on our head will slide the glue on down so I just put a little dab around there like so that's usually plenty ok this applies to you too broad heads or field tips they're all the same take it by the plier make sure it's inserted securely and then put it right over the flame so it goes up through the center of your point get that kind of warm doesn't take a whole lot that hot and then just insert the point over the top and you're doing that just kind of spin it as it goes down now you might think it's on it but it's not so what I do now is I take the whole product put it over the flame I'm just going to heat up the point and then as that glue gets hot it's gonna slide down playing some pressure kind of give you just a second to cool some people use a a moist towel and just grab onto it real tough guys is used to bear him and just do that and just we don't do that once ok I should be on there check the spin-spin-spin if it were a bad head you'd be a real big wobble you'd see the wobble if it were a cut if we didn't use our taper tool correctly if we didn't put the head on securely it would wobble I'll give you I'll show you an example we'll take this off real quick so I've done honey with my field tips I want to go on Spilhaus emits broad hits all you gotta do is put it back over the flame keep some pressure on it in a twist motion no wait pop right off so I'll put a broad head you saw how well that's fun if I put a broad head on there it's not securely it's gonna wobble like that you can tell him it's not on there all the way that's a bad wobble and normally I'd add more glue if I were gonna hunt with it but this is just to show you how to put it on so I'm going to slide it on spin up just a little bit we're spinning you got to make sure all your glue is evenly disbursed give it a second to cool no it's been perfect that arrow will kill anything that is as good as you'll find any aluminum carbon that is the true spin okay when you're dead I always make sure you just throw that cap back on you won't burn your hand so there you go okay we've got the first flexion down so I'm just gonna gently squeeze the top and just kind of lift back like that voila and then I'm gonna rotate cause it's got three clicks and it's gonna rotate to the second click just like that sit in the groove add some glue you do not want to over glue because you do not want it to stick to the clamp itself because if you left it there for an hour the clamp wouldn't want to separate from the feather they would become one you get off you almost have to tear it so you just slip that back part in go ahead gently and you'll notice now they're gonna match top and bottom yeah a little more pressure that's always do it I'll take a few minutes and let it dry up and it will have the third and final ethic going on there so you want to make sure you know what your things weigh so the head weighs one hundred and eight grains and probably a hundred and twenty-five if you put the insert in it so that's a little lighter head my field tip was gonna weigh about 124 grains say 125 and then you can tell me so you can see here's the Hammerhead that's 143 grains 145 which is really good you want a little bit heavier add on that inside center 45 there's an MA 3 broadhead 126 here is a 357 38 shell casing that hasn't been modified so it's only 80 grains so that's too light you want some power – oh here's one filled with full lead and it's been beat up that's why you want something in the end to really let it take the abuse because they're kind of tinny but you put LED in there in the front now I'm about 146 grains now I got a beefy if you have this gonna work judo point is 100 grains so that's the same as my broad head and then if you have a broad head with a insert and it's gonna jump up 275 grains makes a big difference just that little piece of metal inside there makes that much different so this is very helpful when you're trying to match your arrows and the other thing you can use it for is actually lift your broad head can actually lay your arrow right on there that's showing 550 grains and this arrow is spying for should be 65 so the rule of thumb is when you're hunting if I'm shooting a 50 pound bow I'd probably want at least five hundred grains if I'm shooting a 60 pound bow I'd want to get between 550 and 600 grains which includes my broad head my shaft on my fletching my Knock the total arrow you want in that 500 grain 550 that's just it was 400 it'd be too light for that kind of boat so if I'm shooting a 40-pound bow 400 grains would be just fine and on up so I could actually use a heavier head and get away with it because I have extra room to play with so that's that's why the grain scale is really helpful have you used one for years but now that it got and you know take all your around you'll find these are quite a difference because when they sell the shafts they're not perfectly the same weight and you kind of have to end it depends on your length if you're 39 excuse me that belong 28 29 or 30 inches each time you cut that down you're gonna lose lose some weight so this is probably a 29 inch out because I cut most of mind there's 28 and then 29 out to the end there so that's very helpful to know if you want to keep your else consistent especially when you're hunting you want them as close together as you can get them you don't want a 400 grain with a 500 Rea because you're going to shoot different a little bit I'm too cheap to buy sinkers let the fishing store and do a meltdown this is a little bit faster you just pop the head off that comes off you do all kinds of things with the powder I suggested just throw it away you could stock pilot and then have all kinds of fun and you take a little piece of lead put it some good cutters like this but in the middle as much as you can then snap it in half like that and then give me that hammer right there you can hammer on a table I wouldn't suggest it so what I'm gonna do is go outside and I'm gonna smack it on the cement retaining wall that I have so why here real quick sit like that get it nice and flat I'll put it over the top like so he's a little dowel rod like this down flat now I had another piece already now that's in there flat there's two and what we figure those about 80 grams before now we're just two in there I'm up to 106 so if I put one more in there flat it's going to up 225 123 so that's three pieces and 121-125 is great I made some higher than that but now I could just put your arrow and insert that just straight on because they usually fit the 11 30-second shafts and then I'll use the hot melt heat it on just like I would any other shaft to a point and you get yourself a blunt that's all the expected expense you've made on it now it's ready to go now what I could do is I weigh it and I'll just write what it is 123 on the outside then that way I know my box when I go to use a blunt what weight it is again you can go all the way up to my beef this one up to 145 that's got even 20 more so probably have four in this one or I just cut the lid little thicker if you get it too thin and you have extra when you pop it out just throw away put a little dab of glue right in the front like that that keeps it from catching on things like bushes weeds your air arrest and a little dab back here you notice my feathers do not come off they wear off but they will not fall off and then what I do I will take this file once that dries I'll actually get to their air and I'll show ya so I've got my glue on there and then I'm going to just take that smooth air and I'll take that feather down make it nice and smooth so you do this and not get cut and just works out great so that's a good slides down bingo now the cool part about these is that they pop out and so it has one two rotation for three or you want to do four flats for flu flu it's got one two three four and so you can set it it in the angle and then rotate for but for fetching on there at once instead of three inserts pretty cool there's two ways to do this one you get a shaft without a feather on there put it in there or you set it up you can see that's obviously too small for that but what do you know just set up for the four-inch there's a five inch and if I were to set it up for five minutes then I'd use this as my prototype and just move my wire to matches that it's a regular sized shaft so that takes a lot of the work out of it otherwise you're just a kind of a guessing game the fun part is these are called shield shield this one that's cut back like that a little bit traditionally I like the shields but you'll see that one off of what I shot my very first deer with that's called Barrett parabolic and they come in all sizes – that was a four fledged and that's what that is that's a parabolic designing you go 4 inch 5 inch 3 inch for kitten arrows this is called the banana and you could you could do that on this I mean a little creativity and you can make it their kind of cool-looking they're big I don't know if they make that much noise or not these are back you're stuck only Stiles banana parabolic and shield most of the design types and then we call the old-fashioned no burden method think perfect that's it actually matches that's always a good sign now we're gonna throw the glue on that one and we didn't finish before yeah this is the fun part go outside burn this it's gonna stink really really bad for a minute let's see stick it right like that you just spin it one two three and what you have is perfectly baby you know yeah one last touch take a little bit of razor and you won't need to do anything there that is really good if you got a little bit back there and then I take the razor go they see how firm that is now what's really wobbly necessarily battle with stand which one remember what I showed you on that with this case there's any burrs you catch just gonna run that that my friend is a perfectly flat sterile laughter now spur on point

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