Arrow Shaft/Dowel Maker – Take One
I made three different Arrow Shaft/Dowel Makers
A Simple Dowel Cutter for Arrow making
Remember bad arrows break. Keep your grain straight and test them well.
I made this simple cutter to help round the shafts out.
The first thing I do when making arrows from a board is split the board down the middle. If it doesn’t split straight it either used for something else or it becomes firewood. I then plane the split side flat and cut the blanks from there.
I cut the corner with a hand plane like I show here. ( a round over bit in a router table would work, but I like the quite use of the hand plane) I then chuck the shaft directly into the drill and spin it through.
I did not bother with a guide on the back side. I hold it steady with my hand.
The plate is a simple piece of scrap metal I found around the shop. I drill the holes and cut the slots with a cut off wheel; in a dremel tool
I’ve cut poplar, oak, and maple as of this writing. Obviously the closer you get with the hand plane, the quicker it goes through the jig.