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This is a companion to my How to Make a Red Oak Pyramid Bow. After all, you don't want to be shooting carbon fiber or aluminum from a traditional style bow.



 
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Step 1: Shafts

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The first thing you'll need are some bamboo shafts.  These are available at Lowe's (or other big box stores) as garden stakes. I prefer Lowe's simply because they sell them individually and I can pick through and get the best.

When selecting them, look for reasonabley straight 4 foot stakes about 3/8ths inches in diameter.  They should still have a shiny yellow appearance, if they are faded and grey, pass them up.




Step 2: Straighten the shafts

The shafts, naturally bend in two different ways. They tend to bend gently in an arc between the nodes and acutely at the nodes. These need to be dealt with in turn.

The bends can be removed by heating the bamboo until pliable and bending in the opposite direction. The shaft can then be locked by blowing on the bamboo to cool it.

The inter-nodes should be straightened first, followed by the nodes.



Step 3: Prep the shafts


Cut an inch or so off the fat end of the shaft, then measure your draw length plus 2 inches and cut the shaft to length.

Afterwords, use a belt sander or disk sander to smooth down the nodes.

The open pith of the fat end of the shaft needs to be filled, a bamboo skewer dipped in wood glue can be inserted and left to dry.

Finally, lightly sand the entire shaft.

Now's a good time to straighten the shafts again. Practice makes perfect.


stierney23 months ago

Another option are hard wood dowels. I got a lot of 24 - 36" 3/8" dowels, a bit of sanding on both front and back sides and I was able to attach traditional nocks on some as well as cut out my own on others. They shoot very good through my stick bow.

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How well do these fly and what's the spin
justinusmc1 year ago
great job but don't you need to heat treat the boo to.make it more durable
awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How long do these hold up? and do they degrade in storage? I'd hate to make such great arrows and then leave them over the winter to die.
iacchus1 year ago
Good job on both the bow & arrow instructables. If you cut your slot longer & glued 1/8th piece of softer wood, ie; softer than bamboo to act as a shock absorber for the broadhead, I wonder if that would help prevent splitting?
Thankyou this is very imformative. I have make arrows and the hardest part has always been the head.
What can I use if I don't have a red tube heater thing? How hot does the heat need to be?
QSDR2 years ago
ive had some success with these style arrows, i used store bought knocks though. and depending on the weight/ shape/material of arrowhead, i had to place counter weights (electrical wire wound) along shaft
ethiran2 years ago
where you get arrowheads,i'm in philippines.
ERP12 years ago
I,m new to this. Do you purchase your broadheads?
hrodriguez72 years ago
how much does it cost to make
anibioman3 years ago
in order for the arrow to fly in a proper arc around how much should the arrow head weigh? btw great instructable.
fuzvulf3 years ago
nice one. Thanks. A strong 4 out of 5. Sorry I missed this when it was first posted.
how will these possibly fly straight? just asking>_>
meburnfire3 years ago
Tool, can you send the template to me? Like post it on a link on Mediafire. If you can, thank you.
Tool Using Animal (author)  meburnfire3 years ago
I don't have a template, you can make one in two seconds with a compass.

Draw circle, pick a point on the circumference, draw another circle, continue around the original circle placing the point of the compass where the lines intersect.
Oh. Thanks, Tool
you should wrap just above the knock with string to make it stronger just a thing
Tool Using Animal (author)  spenfisher124 years ago
That's always good advice, which is covered in the fletching step. ;-)
tigerbomb84 years ago
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Tool Using Animal (author)  tigerbomb84 years ago
ALLCAPS?

If a modicum of intelligence is used there is little danger. It certainly wouldn't hurt for people to spine their arrows, but I prefer to just shoot and cull the bad ones.

You do realize that people have been shooting bamboo arrows for thousands of years? And that many people still do.

Since you have such little faith in my instructable, I suggest you spend some time at Paleoplanet, where I originally learned to make them.

BTW, I went out and shot the red white and blue arrow from this instructable into my standard cardboard box full of cardboard boxes I use as a back stop.

On shot fifteen the head worked loose,
On shot twenty the shank for the broadhead bent.
Since my string was fraying and needs replacing I stopped there.
The arrow was fine.
what bow do you use
Tool Using Animal (author)  tigerbomb84 years ago
http://www.instructables.com/id/Red-Oak-Pyramid-Bow/
Oh yes, one more thing. "SHOOT AT YOUR OWN RISK" Always, I'm not responsible for anything you, or anyone else does.
You spent three years trying bamboo arrows before coming to the conclusion they were a poor subsitute for modern arrows? Good going, I'd have given up after 10 minutes... Meantime I've used them plenty on low tensioned bows, you get the occasional one split, but they'll only snap if you sit on them.
i have been doing archery for 3 years my bow is 60 pound they snap very quickly
does that sticker say "Obamo O's?" Any way, nice ible, your bow ible as well as this one has been giving me ideas. (my mom hates it when this happens)
top "Fairchild Tropical Garden middle Obama 08, bottom Instructables.
SinAmos4 years ago
Let the killing begin. Haha. Love it.
Awesome, I need feathers though.... Maybe i'll go look for some tomorrow!
seolfor4 years ago
Well done, sir! I have seen your ible on the pyramid bow, too, and these are both fantastic.
(YOUR N4 years ago
cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
nanosec124 years ago
your 'whipping' looks really good. do you know of an instrucible on how to do it, or could you perhaps 'whip' one up to go along with this 5 of 5 'ible?
red-king4 years ago
I'll have to go get some bamboo stakes....
Ninzerbean4 years ago
This is so well documented, your instructions are great.