Quick and Cheap Archery Target Frame

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About: I've been an experimental high-energy physicist for 20 years (since I started graduate school in 1988). I got my BS in physics from UCLA, my Ph.D. at Caltech, and did a post-doc at UBC before moving to SLAC...

At this year's Highland Gathering and Games, we bought my five-year-old a toy archery set: a "bow" made from bent schedule 40 PVC with a foam handgrip, a mailing-tube quiver, and six "arrows" made from notched dowels with eraser tips. She was extremely excited (her older friends got them last year), and wanted me to set up targets for her when we returned.

This is the result. I had some shelving strips left over, and used two 1 m long for the sides, and two 70 m for the cross pieces. To keep the frame standing, I put two of the shelf supports upside down at the bottom (second image), and bent the tabs (third image) so they couldn't move or fall out. Add two big bulldog clips at the top (fourth image) and bottom, and my little archer can get practicing!

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    kelseymhiceng

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you! I liked it because I only had to pay for the two bulldog clips :-) The owner of a local archery shop gave me two paper targets to try out.

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    icengkelseymh

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    My third daughter, now a structural engineer. had an collage archery phase.

    So I stacked four bales of hay covered with an old tarp as a target
    in front of the only window of a huge wall on an acre of land and
    took a quiver full of arrows to test it out myself.

    Would you know, her third arrow slipped between the bails to crack the glass.