Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: Cost of crafting your own gear
- Thank you for the rundown of cost and needs for basic to make own arrows.
arturdubh <nasionnaich@...> wrote: I have been making my own arrows for a few years now (pre-cut
fletchings, usually; pre-made points; plastic nocks; pre-dowelled
Cedar shafts; spray lacquer, as a sealant), and the total cost of
materials has never been higher than $50/doz. (I once tried
some "Premium" shafts, but found no real difference in over-all
quality...). The single most expensive tool I have (other than a
spine-tester) is the fletching jig -- I simply cannot install
fletchings by hand, I need those jigs. The monetary cost of making
arrows goes down when you make your own shafts and/or cut your own
Fletching jig -- approx $40-$85. Spine-tester -- as low as $15 (build-
it-yourself), as high as $200 ("professional grade", high-end).
Tapering tool (for the point/nock tapers) -- $2 ("pencil sharpener"
style) to $180+ (miniature electric sander - I use one because it's
faster, and more accurate)(you can make a taper-grinder out of "spare
parts" for about $20. I don't have the room for a latge home-made
grinder, so I bought a small - expensive - one). For cutting shafts
to length, a small knife or saw -- $5, at any flea-market or pawn
When I started building my own arrows, I first got a fletching jig
and a taper-tool; most shafts come pre-measured for spine, and are
sold in appropriately-grouped bundles, so I wasn't concerned about
that until I got more "into" building a "perfect" arrow. For any
cresting I "need" to do, I just use the fletching jig, and I hang the
smoothed and straightened shafts from a clothes-line to seal them
with the spray-lacquer before fletching them....
I really should start making some "period" arrows -- if only to save
a little money. :-)
--- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, "David" <mindifismoke@...> wrote:
> just out of curiosity... about how much "cost" is there in wasted
> materials/tool investment when you first start making your own
> With everything I have been reading it sounds like a very intricate
> process with lots of materials and tools but something I might like
> try down the road. Lots of great advice and instruction on here but
> was just wondering the outlay up front.
> Remember this is going to be based on someone with no experience....
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