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Stinkin' Whiffen Tool

Old 01-28-2003, 08:11 AM
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No need to buy a jig for tapers. Simply take a 1X2X5", (approximate- nearly any size will do), piece of oak or some other wood. Get a long drill bit, and drill a hole at 90 the long way through the wood. Mark a line at that same 90. Then using a protractor mark a new
line 5 from the first. Band saw that 5 line, leaving the line. Use your disc sander to sand smooth to the 5 line. Clamp the board to your sander table and put the arrow in the hole. Do another at 11. Mark them 5 for the point taper and 11 for the nock.

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Old 01-28-2003, 02:51 PM
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I only make a couple dozen arrows a year. I pay an extra few bucks to have the shafts cut to length and tapered on both ends. One place charges $3 for this service. The woodchuck tool is probably about $140 until you pay the shipping. At that cost I would have to do 46 dozen or 552 arrows just to break even based on the $3 I presently pay per dozen. And with maintenance and who knows what else [it is a machine]the woodchuck cost could be higher. And besides, I am 55 yrs old and probably don't have another 46 dozen in me.

I do have a Tru center tool and use that if I break a point off and can still use the arrow. Other than that I think it's a pain.

My last dozen cost me $2 for cut and tapers. And they do a nice job with THEIR machine. If it breaks, THEY fix it.

Seems like the way to go for me.

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Old 01-28-2003, 04:44 PM
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I have done 4 or 5 dozen arrows with my wiffen tool thingy so far with no problems. What kind of wood are you putting through it? Mine were all PO cedar arrows.
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Old 01-29-2003, 01:33 AM
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KN, I am tapering POC shafts. No reason that the thing should have gone bad after a few arrows. I even went nice and slow.

Dscott, good idea, I think I can handle that easy enough. Thanks.

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Old 01-29-2003, 06:03 AM
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I have one of those whiffen tools. I've done a few dozen cedar and the last dozen I did were laminated birch and it still works. I'm in the process of building a jig for my sander though. That birch made it hard on the hands using that tool.

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Old 01-29-2003, 10:51 PM
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I know a guy chucking up some woodies in a drill, using the true center tapering jig. He was saying they cut MUCH cleaner this way then by hand, plus it doesn tear your hand to pieces when doing a dozen or three. I do believe he has the tapering jig caught up in a vise. I'll have to ask next time we talk....usually about every 3 months or so. Looks like I'll have to call sooner lol.

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