Published by admin on 01 Oct 2009 at 02:19 pm
Build A Simple Arrow Case
Inexpensive And Fast To Make—
This Plastic Tube Will Hold A Couple Dozen Shafts
By Durwood Hollis
Transporting Target Arrows or keenly honed Brodhead’s is a problem for archers everywhere. Most arrows are sold in cardboard cartons that do not hold up well to the rough and tumble nature of repeated trips afield. A visit to your hardware store can supply you with the necessary components to make your own sturdy, inexpensive arrow case.
Plastic irrigation pipe, the amateur plumber’s boon, when cut to the appropriate length, fitted with a cushion inset, capped and equipped with an easy-carry handle, makes a rugged, impact-resistant and inexpensive arrow case. No special instructions or expert ability is needed. Simple hand tools, normally found in the home workshop and access to a band saw or reciprocating kitchen knife, and a hand drill are all you need.
The basic supplies to put together the arrow case are: a length of four-inch diameter plastic pipe, two end caps, plastic pipe solvent, a two-inch pad of poly foam, a carrying handle, a ten-inch length of nylon cord, and several pop-rivets.
Plastic irrigation pipe usually comes in ten- or twenty-foot lengths. One length of pipe will make three arrow cases, so sharing expenses with a couple other archers will help defray costs further. Thin wall pipe works best since it is strong enough to withstand the worst abuse, and is half the weight and cost of the heavier variety. Look for pipe designated Class 125. Cut the pipe into three equal sections of thirty-four inches. A hacksaw can be used, but a band saw makes the job easier with clean perpendicular cuts. File or sand edges of each cut smooth for a perfect and cap fit.
Next, cut a two-inch poly foam cushion of the appropriate diameter to fit snugly into one end of the pipe. This foam plug serves to cushion and protect the business end of your arrows. Poly foam is available at craft shops in a variety of thicknesses and is both inexpensive and durable. Impress the plastic pipe firmly on the foam, imprinting the inside diameter of the pipe on the foam. Using a band saw or reciprocating kitchen knife, cut the foam to the proper shape. The foam plug should fit tightly and will work best if cut slightly oversize. Insert the foam flush into one end of the plastic pipe and cement one end cap in place over the foam plug.
End caps are available in flat or convex configurations. I prefer the flat caps but either type will suffice. You will need two caps; one permanently attached over the foam cushion, another to be utilized as a closure for the arrow case. This cap should slide off and on with slight resistance. Drill a 1/8-inch hole in both the end cap and the side of the plastic pipe just below the cap when it is in place. Thread a ten-inch piece of nylon cord through both holes and knot the inside to form a retaining leash for the end cap.
Carrying handles are available in several different styles. I like a folding handle since it easily slips out of the way when the case is not in use. Once you have selected a handle, locate the center of the case and position the handle. Mark the attachment points, drill and pop-rivet in place. Rather than drilling all of the holes and then trying to line things up properly, I find it easier to drill and rivet the holes one at a time.
Once completed, your new arrow case will hold from one to two dozen hunting arrows depending on the type of broad heads you use. The case can accommodate a larger number of target arrows or small game points.
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