Tapering the arrow serves several functions.
- Allows the arrow to pass by the bow more easily.
- Reduces wear on the fletching and fletch bindings.
- Reduces the overall weight of the arrow, and makes the arrow front-end heavy giving greater hitting power.
Let's build this!
Take two pieces of plywood, MDF or other board product and cut them to be approximately 12" x 3" x .5". I had some scrap MDF board so I used that. These will form the slot that actually tapers the arrows.
Now prepare a base to glue the tapering boards to. I used another, larger piece of MDF about 9" x 14".
Test fit the tapering boards to make sure they fit properly before you glue them!
So how does this taper your arrow shafts? Place the end of the arrow that will have the head on it in a variable speed drill. Put the nock end of the arrow into the taper jig and start the drill. Once the nock end of the arrow reaches the end of the jig you are done!
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