How to Make Your Own Compound Bow Arrows


Making your own compound bow arrows enables you to customize arrows to fit your shooting style. Many brands and styles of arrows are available. You can apply different colors and lengths of fletching, add a customized wrap or add different colors of nocks.

Things You'll Need

  • Arrow saw
  • Arrow squaring device
  • Insert epoxy
  • Insert installation tool
  • Fletching jig
  • Fletching glue
  • Determine your arrow length based on your draw length. Set your arrow saw and cut every arrow to that length. Take your time so every arrow is cut accurately. Clean any residue from the arrow shaft.

  • Roll the arrow in an arrow squaring device to square the tip and clean any residue from the shaft. This will improve accuracy once the broadheads or field points are inserted.

  • Prepare the insert epoxy included with the arrows. Apply a small amount of epoxy to the insert and use the installation tool to install the insert in the arrow shaft. Lay the arrows on a table and allow the epoxy to dry for 24 hours.

  • Adjust the fletching jig so the clamp is about 3/4 inch from the end of the arrow. Apply a small amount of fletching glue to the fletching and place into the clamp on the jig. Allow the glue to dry as recommended on the package and move to the next until all the fletching is glued to the arrow.

  • Install the arrow nocks and align the nock with your bow string and fletching.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use the squaring device as needed until the tip of arrow is square.
  • Experiment with different arrows, arrow lengths and fletching.
  • Consult your local archery pro shop if you have questions.
  • Follow the instructions included in accessory packages.
  • Allow the fletching and insert epoxy to fully dry before shooting.

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