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Offline marc_groleau

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Custom Feather Burn-along
« on: March 30, 2006, 07:00:00 PM »
Was burning some feltches tonight on my home-made fletch burning jig and thought that I might post the method I use for those who may not have used it before. It's nothing new of course but I thought some might find it useful and want to give it a try. The nice thing is, in a few minutes you can make yourself a custom jig any shape or size. I like to burn mine 4 to 4 1/2" long because then I can get two fletches from one feather.
Here's a view of the front and back side of a jig. Just a couple pieces of 1/8" thick scraps. Glue a popsicle thick for a straight edge at the bottom of the jig. Fabricate a top half to the jig that is just slightly smaller than the bottom half. This allows space for the vane of the feather.
     
     
     

Offline marc_groleau

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Re: Custom Feather Burn-along
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2006, 07:03:00 PM »
Line a full feather up with the straight edge and  then clip the feather to length.

 
Now place the top half over the feather and trim roughly to shape following the jig.
 
 

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Re: Custom Feather Burn-along
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2006, 07:07:00 PM »
Now pass the jig with the feather sandwiched between the two halves over a torch. It takes a little to get the right speed to move along at. Don't stay in one spot and pass it over a couple of times if needed. In the top photo, you can't see the flame. It's a photography thing.
 

 

Offline marc_groleau

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Re: Custom Feather Burn-along
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2006, 07:08:00 PM »
Finished fletch.
 

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Re: Custom Feather Burn-along
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2006, 07:10:00 PM »
Here's a "humpback" style I've used. Just to make something different. Whoops! I mean swayback.
   
   

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Re: Custom Feather Burn-along
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2006, 07:12:00 PM »
Finished arrows.
 

Offline emilio fracchia

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Re: Custom Feather Burn-along
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2006, 07:18:00 PM »
...nice..thanks for sharing.
I tried some time ago with a piece of tin that I cut and folded to shape.
It worked quite all right, but I kept burning myself    :scared:   darn thing heated up all in a sudden!
I like the wood idea.
emilio

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Offline Osagetree

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Re: Custom Feather Burn-along
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2006, 07:48:00 PM »
sweet!
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Offline Shakes.602

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Re: Custom Feather Burn-along
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2006, 08:15:00 PM »
Pretty Cool!! Thanks for Sharing!!
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Offline Gote Rider

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Re: Custom Feather Burn-along
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2006, 08:37:00 PM »
Thanks Marc for showing that. The fletches turned out very good. I will give that a try.
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Offline BillJ

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Re: Custom Feather Burn-along
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2006, 08:59:00 PM »
I love the stuff I learn on this site.  Thanks!
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Offline TXRED

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Re: Custom Feather Burn-along
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2006, 09:33:00 PM »
Cool.Looky here,CK,ya don't hafta plug this one in!  :bigsmyl:
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Offline Trevor

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Re: Custom Feather Burn-along
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2006, 07:19:00 AM »
Great stuff. thanks for sharing.
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Offline TexMex

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Re: Custom Feather Burn-along
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2006, 07:46:00 AM »
Cool, thanks for sharing.

Offline marc_groleau

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Re: Custom Feather Burn-along
« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2006, 06:57:00 PM »
You fellas are welcome. I've learned and continue to learn an awful lot from this site. Might as well share what I can. Lord knows I won't be postin any shootin lessons anytime soon.
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Offline Weasel

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Re: Custom Feather Burn-along
« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2006, 07:20:00 PM »
I like it!!  Found out the hard way that gasket laquer is highly flammable if you get the feather burner wire too close to the shaft...

This method is MUCH better than chopping!

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Offline marc_groleau

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Re: Custom Feather Burn-along
« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2006, 12:36:00 PM »
Glad you liked it Jerry. Hope you get around to trying it. Hey now that's some kinda photography aint it?   :D

Offline kyle

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Re: Custom Feather Burn-along
« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2006, 04:44:00 PM »
That second one is sort of a "brokeback" fletch ain't it.   "[laffsmyl]"   Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Offline thehaf2000

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Re: Custom Feather Burn-along
« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2006, 01:40:00 PM »
Very nice. Could this be added to the "How To" Forum so we can refrence it in the future?

Offline Kevin Lawler

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Re: Custom Feather Burn-along
« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2006, 02:09:00 PM »
This should be done inside for best results. Any wind will mess up the results.  :p

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