Anyone build their own carbon shaft cutter using a dremel? If so pictures, pointers and tips on how to get square even cuts. Looking for ideas on how to build a jig, set up and all that.
I build all of my equipment. I built an arrow saw. In my profile take a look at my albums. If you are interested pm me your email and I will sent some plans.
I believe I saw an awesome thread on Archery talk about DIY shaft cutters. One of the guys zip tied his dremel to a triangle hinge and used the hinge to move the dremel into the arrow. If there was not a lot of slop in the hinge assembly I would think that it would work out awesome.
I used to cut my arrows with a Dremel, then eventually got an Apple arrow saw. Regardless of the saw, you aren't going to get perfectly square ends. They'll still need to be trued up. I bought one of the F.A.S.T. tools from Lumenok for squaring the ends. Gotta say, this thing works well, and very reasonable price. More time comsuming than others like the G5, but I just do them while I'm watching TV or wasting time some other way.
I use a angle grinder in a stand similar to this:
thanks for the replys. Hutch sent me some plans, and I have a few ideas to work from. I have some odd parts available from work that will lend themselves to the project. So far the coolest part of the jig is that I set it up with a telescoping adjustable slide in 1/2" increments. I push a tab in and slide it to the length I want to cut and then it locks into place. The arrow will be completely secure. I'm just working on the best way to fasten the dremel to the jig. I have a few pieces of 1/16" alum. I may bend to shape and screw into. I will probably make my own squaring tool as well. Pictures will follow of course when it is done.
how fast is a dremel? obviously fast enoughbut is it close to 8000 rpm?
here is what mine looks like it cost me approx, $10
Finished the shaft cutter this weekend. I havent got a chance to cut a shaft but everything looks good so far. Got everything squared up, made a shaft squarring jig as well. Everything made with zero cost, scrap wood, scrap screws and bolts, and I had the dremel already. Took a few more hours then I expected, but I was really particular about things being as square as possible, I tend to be a perfectionist. Pics to follow soon.
my pictures are on the main group board. I couldnt get them in the thread because it would only let me load from a url, dont know how to do that. If one of the moderators can move it in I'm happy to have them do it, or leave it where it is. Havent cut any shafts, staying busy playing with my son and future hunting buddy. Gotta shoot the bow now and again, and train my british lab for retrieving. hope to use it soon. It was honestly more fun to build then anything. Thoughts, improvements or ideas are welcome. Keep in mind this is my first go at the design, it may change as I use it and find faults.