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Short Cuts
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The foregoing chapters show how archery tackle may be made with a minimum of tools. In this home-shop era, however, there are many ways in which this type of work may be simplified. The band saw, the jointer, the lathe and sanding disk, and electricity are a great help. The jointer may be used to straighten out the back of the bow and to dress down the gluing surface of the grip.

The band saw comes in handy in cutting out the bow and also when making footings.

The lathe is used for sanding arrows, and for turning blunt points for arrows. The disk sander may be used for grinding feathers. Figure 115 shows how this is done. Figure 116 shows an end mill chucked in the lathe for cutting down the end of the arrow to fit the pile. The end mill shown in Figure 117 is made out of a piece of 1/8-in. pipe. With a twist drill, bore out the inside of this pipe to the correct diameter. No exact dimensions can be given for this because all piles or points are not the same size. Then file the teeth as shown, and drive a plug in from the end opposite the teeth. This plug acts as a stop and its position must be determined by the pile that is to be used on the arrows. Before starting the shaft in the end mill, bevel off the shaft end slightly with a pencil sharpener. The kind that can be bought for a dime will answer nicely. Figure 116 shows a steady rest which may be used for keeping the arrow shaft in proper alignment while using the end mill.