B0w_benders DIY Corner

Many of the folks on archery talks D.I.Y. section have long recognized the level of my D.I.Y. psychosis. I thought it might be fun to share all of the projects I’ve posted on there over the years. At the very least perhaps it will encourage others to build their own doodads and thingamajiggies. If after you have read the Archery talk threads (AT) and still have questions just post them up on the AT thread and I will likely post an answer. Thanks and Enjoy!


One of the most versatile tools you can imagine. A Computer aided router. It cuts a wide variety of materials and in any shape you can draw digitally. Just a great great too. This one is called the X-Carve. It is sold as a kit that you put together. Check it out at http://inventables.com



Magnetic Arrow Rest for a Martin

This is a Magnetic arrow rest that I machined out of aluminum to fit in the standard Martin archery riser

This URL will take you to the Archery talk thread
Finger shooters Magnetic Arrow Rest

My Art Nouveau Bow

I milled this out of plywood with a router bit in my ShopSmith and a I used a Dremel tool. It was a ton of work and as I suspected the plywood failed about 150 shots in. the next one will be laminated hardwood and using my X-carve to do most of the milling

Click the link for the Archery talk thread, archery talk screwed up the original post and it was never quite the same on the re-post.


Balloon Turner

I made from a rotisserie motor purchased from EBay. It moves the balloons at a real slow pace so both adults and the kids can practice at a moving target.

Archery talk thread here:



Belt Buckle

This is an Arrow head belt buckle I made out of PVC and aluminum


Bow Rack and Meat Hauling Rack

I added a bow rack to my mountain bike and a platform to haul out my meat on the back.


Bitzenburger Fletching Index Pointer

Lets you place a single fletching in the correct position in relation to the other fletches on the arrow.

Archery Talk Link

Recurve Hard Case

Made from 1/4" and 1/2" plywood specifically built for my Martin Aurora recurve

Archery Talk Link

Soft Bow Case

The finger bows that I shoot are all longer than the 42" standard soft bow cases so in order to have one that fits, I had to make my own. I didn't start the archery talk thread but how I built it can be found at this link


Bow Sling

For a western hunter that covers a lot of ground trying to find the elk a bow sling is an absolute must. This one just loops around the cams and allows you to carry the bow hands free

Archery Talk Thread:


Carpet Press

One of my very first AT DIY posts. The carpet press, I use this to press a large stack of carpet and then I use a banding machine to band them into a bale and use it as a target.

AT thread:


Combination Tent Crate and Table

I knew I needed something to store my tent in and I also needed another table for the kitchen area so I solved both problems with a crate that converts to a table

The AT Thread:


Folding Toilet

Does it really need any further description?

AT Thread:


Crono Light Kit

For those times when your Crono just isn't getting enough light. I've had people tell me that a single light doesn't work. The truth is it works just fine as long as you leave the diffuser bars on it.


Propane Tank Wood Stove

My first attempt at a wood stove, I didn't weld anything on this one it is all made with bolts and the smoke pipe is also screwed in. It is currently installed in my little 10 x 12 hunting cabin and does a great job!


Air Compressor Tank Wood Stove

This is a stove I needed to heat the Elk camp wall tent, It worked great for several seasons but because it was round and big I've since replaced it with a smaller box style stove.


Franken Bow

This was an old Indian XI wood handled riser. I carved the Oak leaf pattern into it and added PSE cam\wheels. It shoots great, but functions better as a conversation piece.


Skinning Hook

A very good friend of mine mentioned how much one of these kooks saved him when skinning his elk. It just made it a lot easier and faster so I thought what the heck I'll give it a whirl. He gave me some knife steel and helped me get it tempered so now I'm fully prepared in the strange event that I actually get an Elk.


Bow Kick Stand

I knew if I had one of those fold up deals I would forget to take it off and it would screw up my shot.This one is bolted on and functions as a lower stabilizer. Works great. I've refined it some since this picture was taken but you get the idea. I've posted it in several places on AT but here is one of the links:



Laser Aimer Doohicky

I use this to show students how to aim on a target and how it'll look after they get a lot of practice. It is also an excellent tool to show how a stabilizer works.


Bow Press

This is one of the tools I'm most proud of. Every time I use it I marvel at how simple it is and how well it works. I just love it.Several others have built similar ones too. There is a full article on this site about it too.

But here is the Archery Talk Thread:


Game Cart Waist Belt

This was an idea I pilfered directly from other AT contributors I thought it was such a good idea that I had to have one. I have to say it saved my bacon especially when hauling my Cougar out of the woods.


Magnetic Quiver

By adding rare earth magnets to the bottom of my quiver tubes my arrows stay secure even when those occasional branches tip it upside down. Warning though it does magnetize your arrow tips so if they come in contact with your steel arrow rest it can affect arrow flight.


STS for the Scepter

The Martin Scepter wasn't really designed to have a string suppressor but there was a threaded hole there so... I stuck one in it.



OK you may have noticed that this is not archery or hunting related but, well I just couldn't resist. This took me the better part of the year to find all the material and parts. I'm actually wearing bright green suspenders under all that blue and green. I get a lot of laughs and compliments at the games it's great fun!


Shooting Stick

I modified my climbing/walking stick to function as a shooting stick. I have a 44 magnum that I use to hunt deer. It helps keep me steady so I can extend my affective range.


Release Trainer Practice Air Piston

I used a piece of PVC and aluminum to make this release trainer for the kids. I also have larger versions for my personal use.


DIY Sight Light

Having a sight light that works off of a 9 volt battery pretty much guarantees that you'll be able to find a battery for it when you need it. I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to electronics so I had to do a bit of research on this one to make sure I was building it right.

This isn't my thread but a lot of good info about the design and some significant improvements by others.


Youth Sight Single Pin Adjustable Sight

I was sick of every single youth bow in my inventory having a different style sight. I built a bunch of these in bulk so I could have the same sight on every bow. Now I can explain how they work to the entire group at once. I think this is one of the cooler things I've come up with but apparently it isn't all that impressive because no one ever comments on these posts.




Spine Tester

This is a spine tester that conforms to all the standards so I can test arrows against the specifications and I can test for arrow consistency and spine direction. Not all that impressive there are a lot of these and this design is just another of many many similar ones.


Bow Stringer

I made this to help the youth string there bow

here is a YouTube video that shows how it works.


Hanging Stand

I know I know, home built stands are scary!!! I've been using this design for 30 years and not even the slightest mishap.


Warf Bow

Another Indian XI bows there were a lot of them on Ebay for a while and they were selling for a song so I bought several just because I like the design of the riser. In this case Milled out some new limb pockets for the recurve limbs and mounted them to the riser.


Subaru Youth Bow Box

For a while I was transporting my archery equipment back and forth to the range but we started doing a second night so I ended up buying a steel cabinet that we use to store them at the range now.

this thread show a time release photo expose on how it packs up and rolls into the back of the Subaru, I think you'll enjoy it.


My DIY Camo

Some folks call it a gilly suite I call it leaves sewn onto my jacket. It breaks up your outline and makes it much easier to get within bow range. Check out the bow too it has camo on it too.


Canoe Hoist

I needed a place to store the canoe and this worked out perfect. I back the vehicle into the garage. I then close the door and lower the canoe onto the top of the car.


Camp Light

it's a 12v camp light that runs off a car batter, in a pinch it can be re-charged with jumper cables. I also have it setup with a solar trickle charge.


Tent Box

After seeing my old tent take a beating in the bags it came in I decided to take a little bit better care with this one. I built this box and tubes to store it all completely.


Hand Screws

For those times when you need to be able to loosed a bolt or a screw by hand but you don't have a welder to attache a handle to a bolt.



Franken Bow

This is a Martin ShadowsCat riser, Martin Elite limbs, Scepter Fury X-cams. All bundled together to make a 50" Frankenbow. Excellent shooting finger bow!


The NWSpinner

Ever wonder what started the whole NWSpinner thing? Well I can tell you it didn't look at all like this, take a look at this link it is the first NWspinner thread


The Emerald

I'm not sure if I ever posted the Emerald on the AT forums but you can watch the introduction video I have posted on the home page of this sight.


Youth finger tabs

I cut these out with my X-Carve. Rather then spend a bunch of money on cheap finger tabs for my youth program I decided to make some higher end tabs that actually cost me a lot less money but a little of my free time.


AT thread:

Coat Hanger for the wall tent

Being in the Pacific North West it is almost a certainty that your outer garments are going to get wet so having a place to hang them is critical. We camp in a wall tent so here is my PVC pipe solution that outfits the entire parameter of the tent with convenient coat hooks.

AT thread:

Redneck Armoire

I like to pack my stuff in plastic bins it easier to organize, inventory and store. The problem is that stacking them in the tent is terribly inefficient because what you want is always in the bin on the bottom. The armoire separates them so it is easily to rummage through any box without having to unstack them.


Wall Tent Woodstove from a Parking Meter

Had to sell my old Wall tent woodstove it was a bit too big and it was round so it didn't pack as nicely. This one was made from a stainless steel parking machine base, and it works great!.