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lovethehunt
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I was asking questions here the last couple of weeks about footing wood shafts and the effect on spine, etc. I gathered the goods to try it and want to share the process. These are not my original ideas and take no credit for them. I am just a guy who likes to build my own equipement.

Materials:

1x4x10 maple block
threaded inserts and 1.25" thumb screws
90' v-bit and router
router table, I use a home made one.
arrow shafts...these were broke off at the point and now are alive again.
footing material .5x.5x8" I used walnut
glue

Start by making your footing jig..there are good posts on this.
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I marked the short end of mine so it was easier to rotate the shaft and line it back up.

Next put the shaft in your jig, nock to the tall end and end to be cut flush with the short end, and transfer the lines to your arrow.

Now feed the arrow through your router table tall end first, go slow.

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lovethehunt
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your shaft should look like this when cut

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next cut your footing material .5x.5x8 and mark it for the foot

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I made these cuts on a band saw

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Mike Vines
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Been waiting on this one Todd. Thank you for doing this.

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lovethehunt
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now open the cuts and try to get glue all the way down to the bottom, them glue the shaft also.

Put some small clamps at the base of the cuts. the shaft will split the foot if you don't

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push the shaft in as far as you can and let it dry overnight

now here is the laborus part.

use a block plane to start making your square foot round again. finish this with sand paper. I used a 11/32 guage from my taper tool to help. Go slow and work toward the nock.

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this may take 20 mimuts, a sharp plane is the key. You will get faster as you go. Last one took 5 min.

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There you go, start to finish, 4 point footing!

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I tried mine out they flew great! One only got to make the trip 4 times before it was broke but the footing held. Trees are tough on arrow!

Enjoy you new project,

Todd

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nice job!
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stickhorse
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This ONE needs to be moved to the HOW TO RESOURCES at the end of the thread.

Great info. Thanks

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can I ask what glue you used? I see tight bond in the picture but wanted to double check.
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Cookus
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Nice job on the tutorial!

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Awesome.. This should be posted in the how too section..Great job

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Todd, how long is the jig and what angle is the top cut?

Thanks, Mike

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Jason R. Wesbrock
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Excellent work!
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Thanks for the info! Great job [thumbsup]

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Thanks for putting this out there, that's a nice job!

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Coiloil37
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That answered a few questions I had on how guys footed arrows, thanks. Not to mention... Nice work.
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