First off, please note that this is my first instructable, so if I leave out little details please let me know and I will update it. I found the inspiration for this project, when I went to the store to buy a bow stand and found how much they cost. This uses the front stabilizer on the bow as the anchor point. This project is mainly comprised of PVC pipe. I field tested is and under extremely windy conditions, there was no movement of the stand or the bow.
Step 1: Tools
The tools required for this project include the following:
Hacksaw (or power saw)
PVC pipe glue (I used Christy's Red Hot, no primer needed and fast drying)
Hammer (to ensure tight fit)
Spray paint for plastics (I used Black)
Pliers (for getting parts unstuck after mockup)
Step 2: Parts
For this project I used the following:
5 feet of 3/4" PVC schedule 40
4 - 6"
1 - 4 1/2"
1 - 6 1/2"
1 - 2"
2 feet of 1 1/4" PVC schedule 40
1 - 20"
1 - 4"
2 - 1 1/4 T
1 - 1 1/4 connector
1 - 1 1/4 to 1" reducer
1 - 1" to 3/4 female adapter (I had to do it this way because my hardware store does not carry 1 1/4 to 3/4 threaded)
4 - 3/4 90s
Step 3: Mockup
Put the pieces together, first the base, then the top.
The middle is slightly offset to provide better stability.
If it all fits together, then disassemble and glue. There is another instructable called PVC 101, which desribes all of the details about working with PVC.
I placed my bow in the holder during this phase making sure everything worked out.
Step 4: Glue
I glued mine in sections first, then I glued them together as a group.
I used a paper towel to wipe off the excess glue for a cleaner look after painting.
I let the glue sit for about an hour then I painted with spray paint.
Step 5: Paint
I spray painted this with a flat black and let it sit overnight. I also had the two pieces screwed together so the threads would not get covered.
Step 6: Enjoy!
When you are done go and enjoy. The first day I took it out many people at the local range asked me where I had bought it or wanted to make one of there own.