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This Instructable gives you good instructables to make a goodworking arrow for under $10. The pictures should hopefully explain what the finished prouct should look like once you've completed it.
 
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Step 1: Tools and Objects needed to make the arrow

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To buy these objects you can find them in your local hardware shop:

1.Metre long wooden dowel.
2.Tape
3.Super glue
4.Thin string
5.Stanley knife

You can find the feathers needed in a carpark or you can buy official feathers from archery stores.(You need three feathers for one arrow.)

Instead of buying thin string something that is even better is the string found underneath the grip on the handle of a cricket bat, which I used in my instructable.

Step 2: Make the actual arrow

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1.Make a mark a centimetre in from the end as a position where you should stick the feather.

2.Tear the fluff off one side of the feather and do the same for the other two.

3.Gently squeeze a thin layer of glue all along the bottom of the feather and again do the same for the others and arrange them like this:

Step 3: Making the actual arrow

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4. Then using your string wind about a centimetre of it infront of your arrow and then start going up onto the arrow giving it more support and giving it the authentic look, then wind another bit at the end of the arrow to keep it secure.

5. Using your tape just cover the bits of string at the beginning and end of the arrow to make sure the string doesn't come loose.

The feathers once finished should look like this:

Step 4: Finishing the arrow off

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To finish the arrow off, fist of all cut a notch on the end of the arrow that is going vertically with one feather going at three o'clock to it.

To make a point at the end you could just sharpen it off with your stanleyd knife or buy an arrow head from an archery store.

The finished product should look like this(The arrow head is not included in this instructable) :
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fmoser8 days ago

let me see..

good wooden shaft 1.50$

screw on arrowhead 0.60$

feathers: 3x 20c

nock: 25c

thats 2.95$ for an arrow thats actualy good, if you know how to build..

Wouldn't that be too heavy? I have no knowledge of guns or ammunition so it's just a guess.

noway.

ok well i do archery i have 2 compound bows.. i buy my arrows for $4 AU.... so whats the point of this.. my arrows are pre set up and are fiberglass.. so im not trying to be mean i appreciate what you have done but it would be quicker and easier to just buy them.. but good instructable.
You get a good feeling when you make something then use it, its much better than anything you can buy, although these arrows are no good for you and me as we both use compound bows and wood arrows shatter on impact
ethiran2 years ago
cool!!!!!!!!
SkidinDINGO3 years ago
i have a question and a recommendation my question is can i shorten these up and use them in my crossbow and also maybe use braided fishing line because 20 pound test braid will only be about as thick as a thread, wont stretch, wont rot, will make great knots, and is only like 15 bucks for 200ish yards
aweis3 years ago
how sturdy are the shafts?
skimmo3 years ago
i was thinking this morning could you make arrow tip by cutting a bullet sell in half and leave to projectile in the end then gluing the whole thing onto the end to make a field tip
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who cares how it looks? So long as it works, it fine by me. Also, im pretty sure what ever your shooting these at doesn't care very much..
i suppose, but the feathers all wrecked like that cant be good for the aerodynamics...
ur right the way these arrows fletching looks really detestable it a whooole lot i made one even though i knew it wouldn't work properly and guess what did it work not even if i shoot from a foot away (i did i missed and i can shoot a bow btw haven't ever missed a bulls eye as soon as i got my long bow a year ago and ive been shooting for 2 years)any ways if u wont that way to work make sure u put the string right in between the feather-lets and refluf them
*** not to say i wouldn't make one or two** il take a cheap arrow any day, but i would def get laughed at for having funky homemade arrows
dagyboy3 years ago
i am looking 2 buy a heap of arrows, do u sell them? regards steve
Illamadi (author)  dagyboy3 years ago
Hi steve ! Sorry no - don't this was just a small projectn did you finf this instructable useful ? Did you make some of your own ?
Regards
thanks 4 ya reply mate, no i havnt made any as yet. so where abouts ru from? regards steve
Illamadi (author)  dagyboy3 years ago
No problem! Yeah I'm from cheshire in the north of England, what about you ?
hey there, i was from yeovil sommerset. but now i live in australia. i have all my rellies over there still though. regards steve
akoutdoors3 years ago
All im going to say about the feathers is to not use eagle feathers here in the us... nuff siad
georion4 years ago
Why make an arrow 'Under $10"--can buy one between 4  and 1 dollars !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
yea a cheep one that breaks a good wooden arrow or a fiberglass arrow cost 9-11 dollars depending on size strength brand and materials. it might cost between 4 and 1 dollar/s at the dollar store but they break if you look at them wrong.
i get aluminum arrows for around 2 buck each and not one has broke
not so-----$4 at reputable store--reputable arrow $1 ?? 300 Great arrows for $300 from manufacturer Dollar store comment Not acceptable !!!!!!
its called im lazy...lol
sum ppl may think this is sh*tty looking...but i like it:Dit reminds me of the arrows the goblins in lord of the rings used
lebelt6 years ago
DO NOT SHOOT THESE! EVER!!! As a avid archer (300+ arrows a week) I can tell you that if you shoot these they WILL break and potentially cause sever injury. Using a dowl form a hardware store is bad, they are made of many different woods and the grain goes in every which direction. That causes the arrow to be weak. Real wooden arrows are made of ceader wood were the grain runs with the shaft of the arrow, these shafts cannot be bought at home depo or any other hardware store. If you want to make your own arrows get all your supplies form a archery shop, they will sell you everything you need. Also never shoot wooden arrows out of a compound bow or a cross bow.
Cubie2 lebelt5 years ago
never. though that is only because they have more zing than actual force. my 70Lbs. recurve shoots em fast and they just fracture on a rock if they go through the target. they split in half and it absorbs the shock... It is not like it is going to explode... That why I hate fiber arrows. (Carbon FIBER, FIBER glass, etc.) now THEY REALLY have a tendency to blow up- shrapnel in every direction. I am an avid archer as well. so don't use wood with a cross bow or a compound but seriously... High pound recurve are just fine AS LONG AS THE GRAIN IS THE RIGHT WAY!!! Get rid of the tip though- now THAT IS a hazard... get a real one.
RECURVE BOWS ROCK!!!
i like long bows recurve and compound but i use fiberglass and there just fine but i have a 50 poung compund so thats a difference there go COMPOUNG LONG AND RECURVE BOW!!!
hes right i sugesset ceder or fiberglass arrows with rubber or feather fletches( the feathers) with a plastic nock (the slit on the end)
Cedar is not the only wood used for making steles (arrow shafts) I could name 20 or so different woods used for the application, -do a google search- tell me why is it not safe to fire an arrow from a crossbow? Quarrels or bolts are made from heavier gauge wood 23/64"++ or are you one of these people who listen to know-it-alls that no nothing at all about arrowsmithing and fletching - maybe you should read a little medieval history on archery before making extreme subjective comments.
Ha! now this guy knows what he is talking about. Also use a recurve compound bows SUCK!
gnose lebelt5 years ago
A compound bow can shoot wooden arrows as long as the arrow's spine is slightly higher than other wooden arrows, and the grain is straight, clear and intact.
NRen2k5 gnose5 years ago
"Slightly higher than other wooden arrows"? Arrows are supposed to be spined specifically for the bow and archer they're intended to be shot by.

Sure, it's possible to shoot wood arrows from a compound bow. You just need to be sure they're of the correct spine.
gnose NRen2k55 years ago
Sorry for the misunderstanding; I was just suggesting that it is possible to fire wooden arrows from a compound bow without damage to either piece of equipment, as long as the arrow is stiffer than one meant for a recurve with the same poundage, for example.

Unrelated:
Besides, you could pick up half decent carbon-shaft arrows for a bit over $10 anyway. Most likely will be below match grade, but definitely a lot better than hardware store-bought dowel.
Anyone who makes this for actual use will probably have more luck using it to stab stuff; I played around with these a lot before I became involved with proper archery
lebelt lebelt6 years ago
10 bucks a arrow is expensive for wooden arrows, however you get a mid range carbon fiber arrow for about this. High end arrows run form 15$-40$ per arrow. arrows are almost all sold either by the 6 or by the dozen, this is to make sure you have a matched set.
thebigone484 years ago
Yo they work it awesome and my feathers looked like crap to
15zhangfra5 years ago
to make liife easier ,do an aproxammate length of your pull. then add 1ft
1 ft? Woah, 2 or 3 inches is enough.
then again, I'm pretty short. my draw length is around 23-25 inches.
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