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Wooden Arrow Shaft Making Jig

Posted in Archery, Woodworking on August 21, 2012 by Jim

Someone asked if I would show my arrow shaft making jig today, so here it is:

I start by milling the wood that I am using to 3/8″ by 3/8″ by about 3′.

Here are some milled shafts with a square blank in the center.

The jig itself is a straightened piece of hardwood (anything will do probably) with small blocks affixed to the side with screws. I drilled through the center of each block and lined them with bronze bushing parts that I found at my local hardware store.

On my router, I replaced the base plate with a 3/8″ thick piece of Lexan. I drilled a hole in it and I drive a machine screw through to affix the arrow shaft jig to the base (In the previous picture, you can see I used a wing nut to tighten the machine screw) :

This machine screw is really critical. It allows me to pivot the base of the jig closer or further from the router bit. This allows me to fine tune the jig to get the exact thickness of shaft that I need for the arrows I am making.

I run a few test pieces through, pivoting the jig back and forth until I get the precise thickness I want. Once it is just right, I clamp the jig to my router table tightly:

Using a round over bit, I run all the shafts through. The line of bronze bushings is there to keep the shaft from whipping around as it spins at high speeds. Without these, things get kind of emotional. Ask me how I know…

I use a 3/8″ allen wrench head socket bit in my electric drill to hold my square stock. I chuck it into the drill backwards, with the allen wrench bit in the drill, and put the square stock into the socket end. This works just great to spin the square stock across the moving router bit:

All this allows me to make traditional archery wooden arrows from hardwoods that are difficult to find or just really expensive.

Here are a few from this jig:

Happy Making,


Handmade Wooden Arrows

Posted in Archery on February 28, 2010 by Jim

This is one of the older posts that I am moving over from Make Stuff With Your Kids.

A friend got me interested in archery. I did this with my dad and my uncles when I was younger but haven’t thought about it in years. Of course, it is more fun to make all the arrows myself.

Here is my first arrow:

Spiral Fletched Wooden Arrow

The most fun part of this was making a jig for making custom dowels. The shaft of the arrow was a piece of an old Douglas fir 2×4 that I had in the basement. I can post a pic or instructions of the jig if anyone is interested – just send me an email at

After a time, I experimented with several other arrow types, here is my favorite.

Handmade Wooden flu flu arrows.

These are called flu flu arrows and are for shooting targets up in air or in trees. The hafts are homemade from some lyptus scraps a friend brought me from his cabinet shop.

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