PVC Bows and Arrows Build-along

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Introduction: PVC Bows and Arrows Build-along

About: AKA Roborovski, and Cowscankill for several years. I'm a mechanical engineering undergrad.

This is one of my longer videos, but I hope you don't get too bored!

Here is a sort of build along video of two (technically three) PVC bows and some arrows I made with my friend Sean. All credit goes to Nick, the Backyard Bowyer for inspiration and tutorials. Check out his channel if you like archery, making weapons, or are short on cash and like DIY.

http://www.youtube.com/user/BackyardBowyer

1 Person Made This Project!

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20 Discussions

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bakdrft
bakdrft

6 years ago on Introduction

do you know the FPS of the arrows? is this a "Fun" project or a serious survival project? Id like to know the poundage and arrow speed?

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armourer
armourer

8 years ago on Introduction

Greetings from across the Pond,
I have built one of your bows,looks great but i cant find any schedule 40 pipe
over here, can you suggest an alternative. i have asked all the plumbers over
here but to no avail. HELP
armourer

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claudg1950
claudg1950

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Schedule 40 is the most common type of PVC (or galvanized) pipe; it's the garden variety thickness. "Schedule 80" (extra strong, with thicker walls) it's more rare, so most probably you are already using Schedule 40 PVC, only under a different name.

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GDADZGSONS
GDADZGSONS

7 years ago on Introduction

can you try to submit the video as a second ible in quicktime or vimeo format?

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Givver112
Givver112

8 years ago on Introduction

Can you paint the pvc? I know someone who painted heir wooden bow and it dried/ snapped. But pvc...

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Kaiven
Kaiven

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Yeah, I used spray paint. I don't get why it would crack on a wooden bow if you used the right paint...?

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Givver112
Givver112

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Are there any substitutes for the heat gun? Would a hair blower work?

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Kaiven
Kaiven

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

You can use a stove top, just be careful. Hair dryer gets nowhere near hot enough.

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Givver112
Givver112

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

Thanks. I'll try the stove. Hey, I saw in a movie that a kid wrapped something in Saran Wrap with a hair drier. But I trust you more that a movie. Talk to you later.

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LiftAndLove
LiftAndLove

Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Hmm, I remember that movie. And be careful because the 'C' in PVC is chloride, so if you melt it, it will release an extremely poisonous carcinogen. Just get it soft and pliable.

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Givver112
Givver112

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

I thought it'd crack because the paint would dry the bow in a shape and when you bent it, the paint would break out of its forn

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MakarovII
MakarovII

8 years ago on Introduction

I appreciate this stuff but by the way what is the shape of the pvc your using..

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Kaiven
Kaiven

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

I think I used 3/4" Sch 40 PVC

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Sarthex
Sarthex

8 years ago on Introduction

looks pretty cool ;)
just a suggestion though: you should try to make the bowstring a little bit shorter, as you'll probably end up whacking your hand (holding the bow) when shooting it. Shortening the string increases the brace height a little bit, without risking to break the bow because you still pull back the same length from the handle..

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Kaiven
Kaiven

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

I did end up shortening the bowstring [easily] by tying one knot in it. Gives plenty of room for my wrist :D

I just built one today out of a 61.5 in piece of 3/4 in PVC, 20 pound draw, and I believe the problem with your bow shooting was that your arrows were too light.

My first arrow which worked wonderfully was half of a real arrow with the ti cut off and that about a foot of thin bamboo fused the front of it by melting duct tape with the heat gun. The arrow flew straight and I could should it about 100 yards with decent accuracy.