How to Make a Bow Vise


A bow vise is said to be a necessary tool to help maintain an archery bow. It is basically a tool that is designed to hold the bow in place while it is being tuned and maintained. Common bow vises usually mount to a table top surface. A bow vise is relatively easy to make and mount. The goal is to keep your bow stable while it is being tuned for the next archery match.

Things You'll Need

  • Square steel metal tube, 1 inch diameter 16 inches long
  • Round steel metal pipe, 1/2 inch diameter 20 inches long
  • Flat stock 4x4 square
  • 5/16 24 T-handle
  • Welder
  • Screw gun
  • Screws, 2-inch
  • Kitchen table
  • Screw down the square piece of flat stock at the edge of the table.

  • Place the 16-inch square metal tube onto the flat stock so that it is hanging half way off the table.

  • Weld the metal tube onto the flat stock in this position.

  • Slide the 20-inch round metal pipe into the square tube it sticks out from the edge of the square tube.

  • Mount the T-handle on the top of the square tube and weld here.

  • Let the bow vise cool overnight before mounting bow.

Tips & Warnings

  • The T-handle could be made from a few metal pieces, but it is just as easy to buy the handle ready made.
  • Log in to, given in the references below, to see pictures of a bow vise.
  • Wear proper face and eye protection when welding.


  • Photo Credit Men bow shooting. Amateur competition in the sanatorium image by Igor Zhorov from
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