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 http://thepathfinderschoolllc.com/ 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
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)
E-6000 Industrial Adhesive ($4 at Hobby Lobby)
Drill and drill bits
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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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