Don't be intimidated. Building your own arrows is fun!
So you want to start building your own arrows, but you don't know where to start. First, realize that just like everything else, it will cost a bit of money. The good news is you don't have to spend a fortune to build your own arrows.
Where to start. The best way to get started is by tinkering with the arrows you are already shooting. Unless you plan to build the first arrows you ever shoot, you probably have at least a half-dozen arrows laying around. Some of them may even need a little fletching repair. Bingo! Just start there! Get a fletching jig and some glue, and dive in! Learn how to re-fletch your arrows. Learn how to install wraps. Have fun with it. Try different vane lengths, different configurations, etc. You can pick up the Goat Tuff Jig and adhesive for about $50. The jig is super easy to use and offers many different options for fletching your arrows. Start with the back of your arrows. Really, it isn't that hard. Don't be intimidated.
From there you can pick up an arrow spinner, a squaring device, and some adhesives and be well on your way to building an entire arrow, by yourself. You do not have to have an arrow saw. Most shops and sites will cut your arrows when you buy them (Arrow Junkie does it for free). Make the arrow saw your last purchase. Make sure you enjoy building arrows first.
Here is a list of everything you need to build your own arrows. The first two are where I would start.
- Fletching jig
- Fletching adhesive
- Arrow Spinner (straightness tester)
- Squaring device (to make sure the ends are square)
- Insert adhesive
- Cotton Swabs
Of course you can add the arrow saw down the road.
Don't forget....more than likely you have $1500-$2000 invested in your bow setup already. This is just a drop in the bucket.
Have fun building your own arrows!