using a stationary drum sander (which i have several in my shop), or a sanding wheel on a drill (which i also have) really requires using a feather holding jig that rides on a fence. if attempted to do freehand, the narrow grinding surface (the arc of the sanding drum) can leave ridges or an uneven surface in the feather base because the sanding contact area is so small and your applied pressure won't be that consistent.
with a large sanding surface (rotary disc on a sanding station, or a belt sander turned upside down or sideways), freehand sanding the turk base is really foolproof every time because the entire surface of the feather base is sanded at one time. i like using 120 grit and the completed feather base looks like it came from true flight. seriously!
Rob, great how to, thanks for posting it. Nice job on those arrows, there is some good mojo with natural turkey feathers on an arrow I think. Now just have to get some of those turkey feathers to work up. Reminds me of the recipe for buffalo burgers which starts … 1. Locate, kill and clean one buffalo …
Well Done Rob!! Now I am looking for some sheet metal I KNOW I have in the Disaster I call "My Garage".
-------------------- Proud Member of Christian Bowhunters of America "Life doesn't get Simpler; it gets Shorter and Turns in Smaller Circles." Dean Torges "Faith is to Prayer what the Feather is to the Arrow" Thomas Morrow Posts: 5181 | From: Crawfordsville, Indiana | Registered: Aug 2004
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