Arrow fletching for novice

Discussion in 'Archery, How To Section' started by QSA, Aug 14, 2008.

  1. QSA

    QSA One eyed/Gutless wonder

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    1. First clean the end of the shaft with a good cleaner. I use Acetone. It cleans and dries fast.

    Here is a good view of a straight and right hand helix clamp.
     
  2. QSA

    QSA One eyed/Gutless wonder

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    2. This is a grayling jig. You adjust the offset by loosening the 2 knobs and set the offset. Then tighten down the knobs.
     

  3. QSA

    QSA One eyed/Gutless wonder

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    3. On my jig it has a shaft indexer. So set it to the shaft size, Insert the split in the nock with the nock and fletching indexer.
     
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    QSA One eyed/Gutless wonder

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    On the side of the Grayling clamps there is a scale. Pick how far down you want your vanes and use that make on all 3 vanes.

    4. Slip the vane all the way into the clamp to the gluing flange.
     
  5. QSA

    QSA One eyed/Gutless wonder

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    5. I use goat tuff glue. I dab a few drops down the vane.
     
  6. QSA

    QSA One eyed/Gutless wonder

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    6. Then use the edge of the bottle to spread the glue even. When doing it this way it takes very little glue. A little goes a long way.
     
  7. QSA

    QSA One eyed/Gutless wonder

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    7. Butt the end of the clamp against the nock receiver.

    8. Slide the clamp down the magnet until the vane is all the way down. Some times a little glue will come out from under the vane.
     
  8. QSA

    QSA One eyed/Gutless wonder

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    9. I wait 30 seconds and remove the clamp slowly.

    10. Rotate the nock receiver to the next stop.
     
  9. QSA

    QSA One eyed/Gutless wonder

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    11. Repeat steps 6, 7, 8,9, and10

    12. Dab a drop of glue on the front of each vane.
     
  10. QSA

    QSA One eyed/Gutless wonder

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    Here are a few other pics of the finished arrow.
    Feathers fletch the same but you have to let the glue dry a little more.
     
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    QSA One eyed/Gutless wonder

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  12. Slippy

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    I wouldn't fletch with 4 inch vanes or without pants on..but you have the general technique down.

    I took a board, like a 2X8, 3 feet long and screwed in some screws to hold the stand, works like a charm. :cool:
     
  13. QSA

    QSA One eyed/Gutless wonder

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    ok this is not a thread for your dumb comments slippy. I have shorts on. People want to learn that is what it is for.
     
  14. Squealpiggy

    Squealpiggy Squealpiggy

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    Helpful post. Thanks, QSA. :peace:
     
  15. Ronhop

    Ronhop RIP

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    Yeah but his comment about mounting the jig to a board is good advice and makes for a more stable work platform. I used a 1x4 about 10" long (a piece of scrap laying in my workshop) and put some felt pads on the bottom to keep from scratching work surfaces.

    Ron
     
  16. elkslayer4x5

    elkslayer4x5 EastOutfitters

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    Thanks for the tip! I'm always looking for a new method to do anything. :)
     
  17. Elkslayer

    Elkslayer Bad 2 the Bone

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    Nice write up... I have the same jig..thou must be a older version... it does not have that arrrow index wheel. mounted mine to a board
     
  18. HuntingFishing

    HuntingFishing New Member

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    Thanks for the good info!
     
  19. Christopher67

    Christopher67 New Member

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    I've seen some people take a piece of sand paper to scuff the carbon shaft before putting vanes on, is this necessary?
     
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2011
  20. BowhuntnHoosier

    BowhuntnHoosier Bisquit.......

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    I use scotch brite pads......