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  • Jaygo made the instructable Free Archery Target1 week ago
    Free Archery Target

    I have made this with other variations too. For scrap cardboard, look for furniture or appliance stores. they often have stacks of large pieces of cardboard often heavy duty double or even triple layer. They will frequently allow you to haul off all you want for nothing. (Do ask permission first though, please.)Another option that does cost $ but relatively little is available at building supply stores. They sell multiple types of foam in 4x8' sheets often under $10 a sheet. Some of it is pretty tough. Cut in halves they make a 4'x4' square backstop for your target if such is needful. (see photo. Please excuse my shabby condition. That was a quick shoot at the end of a day working in the barn shop. Note also the cardboard target.) Cut into smaller pieces, they can be stuffed into a ...see more »I have made this with other variations too. For scrap cardboard, look for furniture or appliance stores. they often have stacks of large pieces of cardboard often heavy duty double or even triple layer. They will frequently allow you to haul off all you want for nothing. (Do ask permission first though, please.)Another option that does cost $ but relatively little is available at building supply stores. They sell multiple types of foam in 4x8' sheets often under $10 a sheet. Some of it is pretty tough. Cut in halves they make a 4'x4' square backstop for your target if such is needful. (see photo. Please excuse my shabby condition. That was a quick shoot at the end of a day working in the barn shop. Note also the cardboard target.) Cut into smaller pieces, they can be stuffed into a cardboard box or taped together with duct or packing tape.Yet another option is this. We have live stock and chickens and by feed in 50# bags. Some are paper and some are of some woven plastic-like material that is pretty tough. These run roughly about 1-1/2' x 3' and can be stuffed with all manner of material- cardboard, foam or even other sacks wadded up.(such are very difficult to get broad-head points out of however.Finally, I have taken and squared out the shot out center of a big foam target and packed it with squares of cut foam sheet and also filled such holes with spray expanding foam though perhaps that last is not necessarily very cost effective. It is however, cheaper than a new, square foam target.Now, I don't know how these variations do in terms of sudden or gradual deceleration but my 3 sons and I have shot many arrows, wood, aluminum and carbon but mostly wood- cedar, pine, cane or bamboo, oak and unspecified "hardwood" and have never had an arrow into any of them break, shooting weights between 25-55# recurve, long bows and self bows.Just some ideas of my own for whatever worth they may be to others.

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