To further my previous topic about DIY broadheads, which seems to be about as popular as scurvy, I had the thought of a DIY fletching jig. They always seemed overly expensive for what you get, even though they would pay themselves off fairly quickly.
So, I had a search around for DIY fletching jig and I don't think nocking one of these up would be hard at all. Although its going to be a while till I have a need to make any new arrows, my mind is still mulling over all these diy projects.
My thinking is I would like a bit of offset to my fletches for stability. Running a wisker biscuit I don't think I want much offset, maybe 1o, and I also think that too much offset would have an impact on arrow velocity (you don't get something for nothing in the physics world etc).
My thinking was that I could make the jig with an adjustable offset at one end. Althought it would likely always be left the same, that leaves me the option of changing it for others etc
One question I have is that the fletch would have to then follow a curved path along the arrow shaft, whereas it would be straight for non offset fletching. On commercial jigs with offset, is the clamp part curved to account for this or do you just stick the fletch a little further out and press a bit harder and it all works out in the end?
I'll wack up some preliminary napkin plans when I get a chance, but I normally work this sort of thing out as I go along. I already have a good idea how I can do each bit, but keen to hear the opinion of others