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Old 04-16-2018, 04:20 PM   #1
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Well I finally broke down and gave it a try. I was going to buy a 6" benchtop sander and a straight clamp... but if I waited, I figured just like the years before, it wouldn't happen.

So I bought a 4" door hinge with squared edges to use as a clamp. I shoot 4" parabolic, So it was just right. Grinded using a 1" belt sander and holding it perpendicular... so not very optimal, but it sort of worked.

Used a feather chopper my wife bought for me 1 or 2 years ago now.



Definately needs some work, but I can justify the cost of a 6" sander now and a straight clamp.





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Old 04-16-2018, 04:22 PM   #2
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Don't know much about trad stuff or fletching in general, admittedly... But that looks pretty good to me.
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Old 04-16-2018, 04:25 PM   #3
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As many turkeys as you kill you should never have to buy fetching. Looks good.

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Old 04-16-2018, 04:48 PM   #4
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I have a 4 or 5” shield cut chopper I’ve thought about using with some turkey feathers. Not a trad shooter but it should work on carbon shafts. Those parabolic cut feathers look very good.
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Old 04-16-2018, 05:29 PM   #5
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Look good to me!!
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Old 04-16-2018, 05:54 PM   #6
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Looks Great!

Be sure to use a fresh air mask when sanding down the quils.... the dust is toxic so I have been told.
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:44 PM   #7
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What he said^^^^^^!

Use a respirator when grinding!

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Old 04-16-2018, 09:27 PM   #8
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Looks Great!

Be sure to use a fresh air mask when sanding down the quils.... the dust is toxic so I have been told.
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What he said^^^^^^!

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Yep, was using a respirator and goggles. That stuff dries out your skin too.

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Old 04-16-2018, 10:49 PM   #9
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What's not to like about them?? They look like they are pretty smooth on the surface and appear to adhere to the shaft. I have a chopper as well, and it is surprising how much variance one can get if they do not pay attention when chopping. Yours appear to be uniform so, again???
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What's not to like about them?? They look like they are pretty smooth on the surface and appear to adhere to the shaft. I have a chopper as well, and it is surprising how much variance one can get if they do not pay attention when chopping. Yours appear to be uniform so, again???
You can't see it in the pics, but the quills could have been grinded down a little more uniformly. Some I left a little too thick... didn't realize until I clamped and glued them.

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Old 04-17-2018, 08:36 AM   #11
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You can't see it in the pics, but the quills could have been grinded down a little more uniformly. Some I left a little too thick... didn't realize until I clamped and glued them.

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Sounds just like Gateway! They have been selling them like that for years!!!!! 🤣🤣🤣

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Old 04-17-2018, 09:00 AM   #12
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Looks great! I've been getting the itch to try that myself. I saved the wing feathers from a turkey my wife killed this year. IF I ever get one killed this year (crappy turkey season so far) I may invest in the gear to start making my own fletching. Thanks for posting this.
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Old 04-17-2018, 09:15 AM   #13
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Be careful with the ones that you think are too thick. They will slice the top of your bow hand. You don't have to ask how I know this !
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Old 04-17-2018, 09:19 AM   #14
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Be careful with the ones that you think are too thick. They will slice the top of your bow hand. You don't have to ask how I know this !
Yep. Been there. Done that. Don't wanna do that again ever. Pretty much why I was being critical of my work. Had to put extra glue up front.

With the right tools, it should be better next time.

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Old 04-17-2018, 09:45 AM   #15
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The wild turkey feathers will last twice or three times longer than the ones you get at the store from domesticated birds!

Looks good!
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Old 04-17-2018, 09:49 AM   #16
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I did cut a secondary and could tell the difference in thickness of the feathers pretty quick. They are pretty thin.

Are secondaries worth the effort given how thin they are?

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Old 04-17-2018, 10:01 AM   #17
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I did cut a secondary and could tell the difference in thickness of the feathers pretty quick. They are pretty thin.

Are secondaries worth the effort given how thin they are?

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Iíll use em. They just donít last as long. Some dyed feathers Iíve bought have been just as flimsy as natural secondary feathers. Iím fixing to start splitting and grinding mine from last weekend. The bad thing is half of mine are messed up with blood before they ever get on an arrow.
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Old 04-17-2018, 10:12 AM   #18
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Iíll use em. They just donít last as long. Some dyed feathers Iíve bought have been just as flimsy as natural secondary feathers. Iím fixing to start splitting and grinding mine from last weekend. The bad thing is half of mine are messed up with blood before they ever get on an arrow.
Yeah, on one of my birds, the one wing for RW was messed up so I only got 1 fletch instead of 2 per feather.

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Old 04-18-2018, 11:52 PM   #19
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Got some ready to color/chop now. Some finished from last year.
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Old 04-19-2018, 05:01 AM   #20
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