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WESTBROOK
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Lots a people going back to woodies these days some like or want to try tapered shafts for whatever reason. I like shooting tapered shafts myself, makes more of a difference if you are starting with a 23/64ths shaft.

And for those that are trying to justify a belt/disc sander for tapering their nocks and points...here is another excuse.

This is just a piece of 1/4" luan with a small hole in it for the point to rest in, clamped to the fence.

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I use a 2018(5/16)to set the height of the hole.

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Once that is set, you may want to put a pecil mark on the shaft to indicate where the taper will stop. My little sander has a short bed so I can only get a 9.5" taper, which plenty. When I see "fresh" wood appearing at the end of the bed I know thats it.

So with that, fire up the sander and put the nock point in the hole and start spining the shaft and slowly work it down in to the sanding belt. When you reach your mark or sander limits, your done...you got a rear tapered shaft.

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The same will work on the front of the arrow for a barrel taper, just set up with something 11/32..22XX shaft or field point

Have fun [Smile]

Eric

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Mike Vines
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Looks amazingly simple. Kind of how I reduce the stock on my footed shafts. Only I use a center pin and a disc sander. I'm going to give this a try.

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WESTBROOK
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Mike, very simple and works like a champ.

Wish it ws my idea but its not, our own Bill Carlson got me goin on this a couple years ago.

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Very slick. [thumbsup]

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Brently
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Man I like that way of doing a taper, I'm going to have to try that.....Thanks for the tip.
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Will sure be giving that a try.
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That is downright slick !! That's how i'm doing them from now on.

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Nice, and simple too!!
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I really like that idea. I will have to give it a try! Thanks.
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Certainly meets the KISS test. I doubt it could be any easier. It look like the position of the stop on the belt determines the length of your taper. Is it about 10"? [thumbsup] [thumbsup]

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WESTBROOK
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Hud, I can get about 9.5", its a small sander.

Eric

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Alvey
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that's pretty neat.thank's for posting.

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Thanks for sharing. Very helpful post!

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WESTBROOK
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First....You have to make sure your shafts are as straight as you can get them...for obvious reasons. Other than that its pretty simple

Eric

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Cool!
Too easy....thanks Eric.

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