Introduction: Duct Tape Archery Quiver
Here is my latest Instructable and a little diversion form my normal stuff. You know the feeling, you spent all your cash getting your archery gear and then realise you forgot to buy a quiver. You want to show the bow off down the range tomorrow and tucking arrows in your belt just won't cut it. Well fret no more, here is my version of a top name archery brand side quiver. All that is needed is a some duct tape, a sharpie, a "for sale" sign and something sharp. Well there might be more but I am now on the wine.
The real story is that I was left with a disability after being knocked from my bicycle. I have competed at Archery for twenty years and thought it was lost to me. I was left handed but I have now discovered that I can shoot right handed with a few alterations to form. I chopped in all my equipment to go right handed and forgot to buy a right handed quiver. So as a stopgap I have fashioned a Duct tape one, it turned out so well I will use it until it falls apart, just for the laugh.
To start with I found a discarded for sale sign, it is made of corrugated plastic and ideal to provide the rigidity required. I had a couple of rolls of duct tape, one silver, one black. I liked the idea of a two tone quiver.
Step 1: Roughing Out the Design
The first thing I did was to rough out the design on the plastic board, it only needs to be half a quiver as once you have the shape right you can trace around it to create the other half, I left a 40mm gap between the halves otherwise the arrows wouldn't fit inside.
Once traced out, I cut the shape out with a really sharp knife which must only be used by adults.
Step 2: Folding It All Up
So the shape is there, the next thing I did was to mark 15mm in down each outer edge. Once marked I scored them with something less sharp than the sharp knife and bent them inwards. I also scored the inner edges of each side so that it could be folded into a box (quiver) shape. I ran a few strips of black duct tape down the, soon to be, inside of the quiver so that the white nature of the plastic wouldn't show through the finished item. I then cut down both bottom ends of the central spine 50mm and then cut a taper to the bottom middle, if that makes no sense, there is a picture. This allows the whole thing to fold in neatly. Once done I tacked everything in place with a couple of strips of duct tape and then a couple more and so on until the whole join was complete.
Step 3: Covering the Outside
The next bit is quite simple I covered the whole outside with Duct tape trying to be as neat as possible with the stickiest tape on the planet. It almost looks like a quiver now.
Step 4: The Divider
I could have left the quiver as it was but I wanted to have a divider in place so that it looked far more professional and to separate my arrows out just like the posh ones do. This was quite simple, I measured the inner dimensions of the orifice and cut a piece of corrugated plastic to fit with 40mm on either side of the edges to give something for it to wedge into the orifice with. Orifice is a great word.
Once cut and folded I covered it in contrasting silver duct tape and then cut out some holes for the arrows to be held in.
Step 5: A Little Padding
To stop the sharp pointy bits escaping through the bottom of the quiver I took some bubble wrap and covered in what else but duct tape. This was rammed into the bottom of the quiver to provide some protecting from pile penetration.
Once rammed into place the divider was glued in place and set aside for future admiration
Step 6: The Belty Bit
Right all that is required is to fashion something to hold the quiver and attach it to a belt. On the well known brand from which my duct tape quiver is modelled the quiver is held at a 45 degree angle to the belt. The belty bit utilises two straps to secure the quiver in place and it is made out of a more pliable material than the corrugated plastic. Something more akin to a junk mail magazine that dropped through the letter box this morning. Opened out the magazine was A3 and plenty big enough to draw out the design. and at 10 sheets thick, suitably pliable.
I traced out the design and then cut the shape out, the staples ensured it all stayed in place. Then I gave it a lovely covering of duct tape. on both sides ensuring the ends were well sealed .
I then fitted the quiver up in place, ensuring I got the ideal angle to look amazing. I triple plied duct tape, making three layer thick straps and attached them to the cut out belty bit. With the quiver in place I attached them back onto the belty bit to create loops that held the quiver but didn't stop it from being removed should it be needed.
Step 7: The Final Stepth
All that is now required is to make a pair of straps to run a belt through. Using the triple ply technique as before and attaching back onto the belty bit . This was then secured with multiple cross laminations of duct tape to ensure it stays in place.
I then made a couple of holes where a pocket would normally be situated to run a spring clip through to hold my tab when not in use.
After that all that was required was to lose three stone in weight to model the finished item. I hope you enjoyed the build along.
7 years ago
I'm left handed and just got a bow and I'm new to archery and don't know if it is relevant to get a left handed quiver. I personally think it should be on the opposite leg so you can draw the arrow across your body not straight out. Any advice?
7 years ago
I enjoyed this! Lots of details, good pics, and humor...all the essentials for a good instructable!
8 years ago on Introduction
Thanks for the ideas. I would certainly go with plastic or even aluminium flashing with rivets as the duct tape could be pulled off if needed and it would be waterproof. Nice!
10 years ago on Introduction
I suggest you to either take snaps in wide or crop them so picture should have more width than height.