How To Build A Bow For Your Kids

Want to see if your youngster is really interested in archery, on the cheap? If you can spare an Andrew Jackson, about 30 minutes and are a DIYer, we have the ideal solution for you.

Materials List: 3/4-inch PVC pipe, strapping tape, camo duct tape, nylon cord, pipe insulation, electrical tape

  1. Cut the PVC pipe to desired length. The length of pipe determines the bow's draw weight. A 31/2-foot pipe equals 30-35 pounds of draw, a 4-foot pipe equals 28-32 pounds and a 41/2-foot pipe equals 24-28 pounds of draw weight. Remember, you can shorten the bow any time to increase the poundage, but you can't lengthen the bow to decrease poundage.

  2. Diagonally wrap the entire PVC pipe with strapping tape, then wrap it again diagonally the opposite direction, creating a "diamond" weave.

  3. Repeat step No. 2 . You should have four layers of strapping tape on the PVC pipe.

  4. Wrap the pipe in camo duct tape or other cloth tape of your choosing. This is simply to camouflage the bow.

  5. In each end of the pipe, drill a 1/4-inch hole through both pipe walls, 3/4-inch in from the end, drilling as straight as possible. Be sure both holes are parallel to one another.

  6. Cut a piece of 3/16-inch nylon cord, 1 foot longer than the length of the pipe. The cord you use must not stretch and must fit your arrow nocks properly.

  7. Put one end of the cord through both holes in one end of the pipe and knot. Tie a knot of your choosing, making sure the knot cannot pull through the hole. A small washer may also be added between knot and pipe to prevent pull-through.

  8. Put the other end of the string through both holes in the other of the pipe.

  9. Bend the PVC pipe until you have 6-inches between the PVC and the nylon cord (brace height). Have someone hold the bend in the pipe and tie another knot in that end.

  10. Mark the center of the nylon cord for the nock and the center of the pipe for the grip/rest.

  11. Cut a piece of pipe insulation 6 inches long and tape it to the PVC pipe, with the top edge slightly under the center mark on the pipe. This will serve as the bow grip and the arrow rest.

  12. Optional: Attach a nocking bead to the center mark of the string.

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