Introduction: Make a Hunter .... Quiver

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Wanting to make something to give to my brother-in law for Christmas this year I began searching the net looking for ideas.  Since he is a hunter I wanted to make him something that he could use when out chasing some white tail, or at least something for hunting deer.

 I came across Dave Canterbury's site  and he had made an archers quiver and I knew what I was going to make.  In this "ible" I will show how I made  mistakes, give pointers on how to not make mistakes, and end up with a very nice quiver if I do say so myself.   

Step 1: Supplies

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4" PVC pipe  ($6 bucks at Menards)
1 yard of cloth material ($1.99 at Hobby Lobby)
Scraps of leather ($2.99 for a bag of remnants)
Leather strips ($4 bucks at Hobby Lobby)
Needle for sewing leather ($3 for a pack of 8 at Hobby Lobby)
Roll of sinuew ($4 dollars for a roll at Hobby Lobby)
Nylon belt (Free had it laying around for ages)
Scrap wood
E-6000 Industrial Adhesive ($4 at Hobby Lobby)


Pocket knife
Drill and drill bits
Panel nails

I'm sure I grabbed and used other tools and will try mention them as it hits me.

Step 2: Measure, Cut, Cuss, Repeat Till Happy

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Since the PVC was about four feet long we need to cut it down to size.  After searching for the average arrow length I found the range in sizes from 23" to 33" long.  I wanted the arrows to stick up from the top when stored inside, to give easy access.  So I cut the pipe down to 28" as that was the middle ground.  I first attempted to use my table saw to cut it but the cut was way too uneven.  So I cussed and tried again, same result.  I tried to clean up the cut and just shave a little off the end but I still wasn't happy with the outcome, but at least I got a little cross section to use as a pattern.  And as my luck would have it I ended up with slightly over 26" length on the pipe, not what I was shooting for but close enough for state work.

I then used my sawsall  and got a slightly better cut , nothing a file and sandpaper couldn't fix.  I filed and sanded the ends smooth and sanded the entire outside to rough up the surface to help the glue stick.  Always remember kids wipe down the pipe to remove all the dust.  Keep your pipe clean when working with it, makes things feel so much better. 

Step 3: Wrap That Rascal

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My brother in-law loves wolves and over the years has collected quite a bit of wolf related items.  He also loves and collects Bobba Fett but I think the wolf material is more fitting for an archery quiver.  Now if he needed a case for his Disintergrator i would have used Bobba Fett material.  I was wanting to use some camo material and was going to the register when I seen the wolf pattern.  Camo pattern would be a good choice or even burlap could be used, then sticks and grasses could be added to break up the solid pattern, let your imagination and creativity flow.

First apply some adhesive to the tube along the length and spread it thin.  You just want enough to hold the material tight in place.  The glue should be waterproof and be suitable for plastics and cloth.  The E-6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive fits the bill and can be used on metal, wood, and many other crafts, so the wife can use it for her jewlery crafting too.  Continue applying glue and wrapping till covered, keeping the material tight to keep it smooth to avoid wrinkles.  The adhesive I used was rather thick and after I started I noticed it seemed to ball or clump up if it didn't get spread good.  At least the glue dries clear so any that seeps through won't be seen.  I thought about useing hot glue but it would create many lumps under the material and that was not the effect I wanted, but might look good useing camo or burlap.  It's really up to you to decide how you want it to look in the end. 

After you have it wrapped and the glue has dried I inserted the wooden plug into the bottom after folding the over lap cloth inside the pipe to help hold it tight.

Step 4: Think First or Cuss Later

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Next drill some holes into the pipe to secure the wood plug.  Hammer in some nails.

Next go up a few inches along the seam and drill two holes about 3/4 inch apart.  Repeat this at the bottom and then come to the realization that you now have to shove your arm down the pipe to get the straps fed thru the bottom holes you just drilled. $#*! $#*! $#*!


Step 5: Dress It Up

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Now take your remnants and find a piece that can be cut to wrap around the top and bottom of the quiver.  Fold it in half when cutting to get the shape the same on both sides.  Cut to the shape you want, I wanted a bit of a point on one side so I cut it angled.  Use a nail or leather punch to make holes on the ends so it can be laced together.  

Wrap and lace up the leather on the top of the tube, leaving some over the top to be tucked into the pipe.  Begin cussing yourself again for putting the wood in the bottom before adding the bottom piece of leather.  $#*!

Wrap the bottom and lace it up tight, I mean really tight.  Cut some small slits on the over hang at the top then apply a bit of adhesive along the rim and hold the leather over till it sets.

Step 6: Knives, Belts and Leather Oh MY!

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Now it's time to take out the ol' pocket knife and cut the plastic clasps from the belt.  Save them they come in handy on many projects.  Fold the end back and sew a loop in both ends of your belt.  These are then tied to the quiver with the leather strings in the tube.

While sorting thru my bag-o-strings I found a wide strip of leather that was long enough to cover the ugly seam thats been bothering me.  So I loosen the top and bottom leather slipped the strip under and re-tightened it down.  A little glue applied along the length and the seam is gone.  Happy days! 


christy.wise.31 (author)2015-01-01

This is awesome! What type of fabric would you recommend using around the PVC pipe? I want to make sure it's durable

I'm going to make this and vinyl would be the best option

Well any fabric that you want really. The stuff I used was kind of thin but wrapping it a few times will give you a thicker layer. I was going more for looks than durable with the material I used, because I knew my brother in-law hunts from a stand not stalking hunt. Burlap would do very good for durable material but its butt ugly unless you add other stuff. Military rip stop material was what I originally wanted to use but couldn't find any. I could have used an old pair of BDU pants but they still got some life left in them so I didn't use them. Hope this helps, love to see what you come up with. Post a pic and share, Thanks!

completehere1 (author)2014-09-17

Wow, this is awesome! Def gonna do it, thanks

FallenDrops made it! (author)2014-07-09

first off, Thank you for writing this. You have truly inspired me! After following the Greatful Dead for years and have grown up, I enjoyed the music, but not the profile I was being associated as a "hippy" but I still love the music. so I grabbed an old Festival T-shirt I had and I cut the front and back off, trimmed off to have everything flow nicely. doing this made it so 1 have 2 seam's to cover up! I was making this particular one for an old friend, being an artist in many areas for the bottom I used wood but drilled tons of holes to let water escape. I sealed the sides and top of the wood so water wont destroy it, and the bottom I epoxy the logo onto it and engraved out the steel your face logo and my friend's initials. I then sanded the rest of the paper of the logo off, and hand painted it for more flash, after dry I sealed it many times so water and the ground wont damage it for a while. the top I used a piece of the shirt i trimmed away, and epoxy'ed some musical notes to further hold it down. my friend's favorite song by them is A Box Of rain. so to cover the seams I used electrical wire to form into lyrics "a box of rain will ease the pain, and love will see you through" using 2 different colors of hemp I then wrapped the electrical wires, I used thick leather for the handles and rims of the small dream catchers, while the bolt I used hemp wrapped electrical wire. I also wrapped the leather in hemp to not have them stand out, made small dream catchers with some trinkets... I made this so It could be used, however the feathers would fall apart, and a lot of wear on the hemp. however, I put a glass vase in there and have tons of roses coming out :) A nice decoration piece indeed!

Wow that looks good! I like the way you incorporated the dream catcher and hemp. I never thought about using it as a vase holder so a different twist on it is really cool. Do you have it hanging from a hook with the flowers pointing out or standing on a table? Great job!

Ttotal time spent on this ranges around 30 hours or more, since I hand wound all the hemp, making mini dream catchers takes hours just to do one. the way I have the bottom attached the edges of the wood I engraved inward so it can be placed on the ground or a low table (its about 2' tall) and can take quite a knocking if theres no weight inside. I cant see why not you could hang it, maybe decorate some arrows and have it hanged for decoration with your bow gear, one thing I wanted to do but would easily add another 10 hours or more is to decorate the hemp with some ribbon roses. Here is some pictures of the construction of how I did it. Drilling out the design was easy to create a nice outline, and after I engraved the lines connecting the dots it would make it so water would travel down into those groves, making the holes much more efficient in having water go out. You could do this with say a wolf, and it would add a lot more value while also being useful. since I used black paint the holes are barely visible, and the paint doesn't cover any of them up! and also what I was talking with about the roses, however I felt I have put enough time into this single project, called it good enough to leave it out and move on to my next project.

William 76 (author)2014-06-07

hope to make one myself

William 76 (author)2014-06-07

love it well done hope you have loads more gr8 ideas ; )

triumphman (author)2013-01-16

Love those wolves! Have you seen "The Grey" with Liam Neeson ? Wolves take on a whole new meaning!

Yea love that movie! I think they should have more people survive the crash though. That way there could have had more food for the wolves!

jalba (author)2012-08-29

*thumbs up* Will do. :)

jalba (author)2012-08-28

That's AWESOME!!! Gonna have to make my daughter one for Christmas. :)

RedneckEngineer (author)jalba2012-08-29

Glad you like it. Please when you do make one post a pic of it. I'd love to see what others come up with.

hrodriguez7 (author)2011-10-15

instead of a wooden plug, could i just use a PVC plug?

Yes you could use a PVC end cap, nice idea.

yeah, I thought it would be simpler
and I dont have a jig aw or anything like that :P

eulaliaaaa! (author)2011-06-04

I saw someone using a quiver that looked a little strange, but worked very efficiently.
The quiver was longer and had a hole in the side. When he wanted an arrow, he reached through the hole, grabbed one, pulled it up so the tip was above the bottom of the hole, and pulled it out from the bottom.

Mrballeng (author)2011-03-15

I'm proud I got to be the 1,000th view on your page. This is very clever. Your holding out on us though. Where are all your other great ideas?

Good work.

I'm glad you like it. I'm usually full of ideas but not the follow thru. I get things half started laying around, then something else pops in my head and it shoves it to the back then forgotten about. I hope to sometime get my workshop cleaned up enough so I can actually tinker more. Once I do there will be some other ibles I'll post. Mostly I've been reproducing some great ideas I find on here and not so much of orginal works. Also on the "to do" list is get a new camera so I can post. LOL

red-king (author)2011-01-26

good work! I might make one later.

RedneckEngineer (author)red-king2011-01-26

When you do take some pics and show it off here! I'd love to see what others do and any mods they make.

tukmol (author)2011-01-25

that's one handsome build!

i agree with the drainage idea. unless if you could make the bottom part detachable so you could clean the insides easily from time to time.

mrninja (author)2011-01-13

Great build! Though 2 ideas came to mind.

1) A leather (plug sized) cutout, glued to the bottom of the plug.
2) Add a drainage hole to the plug? Water, and blood maybe?....=P

RedneckEngineer (author)mrninja2011-01-15

I thought about the leather plug for the bottom but putting the arrows in would cut through and possably become lost, so thats why I used wood. As for a hole for water drainage...didn't really think about that.

mrninja (author)RedneckEngineer2011-01-15

What I meant was, a patch of leather covering the bottom of the wood plug. It's just for ascetics? BTW, wood works!
Yeah a dainage hole would definately be a good idea. It's standard on most military gear me thinks. =P

imbobafett (author)2010-12-21

i love it,great work! the wolf pic skin nice touch!

huttarl (author)2010-12-09

Nice one... thanks for posting! There aren't many 'ibles for making a quiver. I want to make one for a friend who is about to adopt his second daughter (Psalm 127).

RedneckEngineer (author)huttarl2010-12-09

Thanks! If you make one post a pic I'd love to see it!

NachoMahma (author)2010-12-03

.  Great job.
.  I think this must have gotten hung up in the filters. It took it a while to show up.

Kryptonite (author)2010-11-23

Brilliant build! Good job on the aesthetics too. :D

Thanks! It's getting harder each year to top what I did the previous, I think I nailed it with this one. :)

The thing that gets me is when their birthday is close to Christmas, as most of the gifts I give are home made. Makes it hard, it does!

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