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Since many people asked because of my instructable for an arrow quiver (http://www.instructables.com/id/Arrow-Quiver-Drop-Leg-Style/) how I made my armguard, I decided to post some instructions. I didn't build mine myself (the one on the picture), but if you live somewhere remote and don't find something that suits you, you can build a similar one very easily yourself.
However, I'd like to point out that the basic design is not from me, so no credits there! Unfortunately I wasn't able to find out what brand mine is.


Materials needed:

- A piece of thick belt leather
- Approx. 1.3 m (50 inch) of Bungee cord (depending on the thickness of your arm)
- 4 lace hooks
- punch pliers (for the holes)
- Dremel sanding tool or sand paper
- Dremel polishing tool
- Beeswax

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Step 1: Cut out the leather

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Take the template, adjust it to your needs (maybe longer if you have long arms), mark the outline on the backside of the leather piece and cut it out with a sharp cutter. With the sanding tool or sanding paper sand the edges so they get a bit more rounded.

Step 2: Polish the edges

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Take the polishing tool and the beeswax block and apply some beeswax to the polishing bit. When you touch the edges of the leather, the beeswax will melt due to friction heat into the leather and give you a nice dark and smooth finish.
For more pictures of this process go to my quiver instructable.

Step 3: Punch out the holes

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Lay the template again onto the leather and mark all the hole centers to the leather with a needle. Take the punch pliers and punch out all the holes that you marked with the needle. As long as you're not sure what types of lace hooks you'll use, leave these holes for step 5.
rharp6 months ago

Thanks for the template! What size bungee is this?

catfan632 years ago
Very nice- thanks for posting! Neat idea on the adjust-ability to different sized shooters-
For those that are familiar with leather-working terms this looks like 5-6 oz leather--thick enough to protect yet thin enough to be flexible.

Gotta say that's one hairy arm!! Wish I had that much hair on my head!LOL!
dtextor (author)  catfan632 years ago
Yup, a bit more hair on my arm and I won't even need a bracer! :D
gabcunha dtextor7 months ago


TN7771 year ago
I think I know where you can get a leather punch and copper rivets pretty cheaply. Go to Jeffersequine.com and they have these EXTREMELY cheap. I think a punch is around nine or ten dollars.
bcavaciuti2 years ago
its officially called a bracer :D
CrystalDyes2 years ago
I have very fragile skin on my left arm due to sun damage & current medications. I always seem to have some major skin tears. Just brushing against something like a doorknob causes a major skin tear. This guard gives me the perfect protection against more injuries. I can't wait to get some leather and get busy on it. Thanks for the 'ible.
pauldash292 years ago
The quover and this look good and finctoonal and helpful for shooting arrows
herndonjp2 years ago

for lace hooks