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How to Make Stuff
SUAC will accept no responsibility for anything that goes wrong as a result of the following information, but anything that goes right clearly has something to do with our genius (or luck).

More often than not you require archery equipment but seem to be lacking in money. This is a sad state of affairs to be in and can indeed be altered by making your own equipment or robbing a bank. SUAC recommends that you do not rob a bank, but instead make your own equipment. Naturally the initial expenditure will cost more than buying the single item you need, so you kinda need money anyway (where's the nearest bank?). However over time the cost per item that you make will fall (given of course you are able to make the items properly). Furthermore by making your own equipment you create a truely unique and personalised bow, or something like that.

How to Serve | Making a String | More coming soon...(?)

How to Serve
For this exercise you will need:

ServerOld String

In archery the string is not just the white (or sometimes black) dacron, kevlar or fastflite strands that runs from one tip of the bow to the other, it is also the nylon twine that forms the loops at both ends and the finger rest in the middle of the string on which the nocking point is placed. In order to avoid confusion about which string is being talked about, the kevlar/fastflite/dacron string will be refered to as the bow string whereas the nylon string that forms the loops and finger rest will be called the serving. This part of the documentation is all about how to correctly put the serving onto the bow string and can be considered as the fundamental stage in learning how to make a bow string.


Start off by pulling about 2 inches of the serving from the server and place two inches along the old bow string in the opposite direction to which you wish to serve (1). Then hand wrap the server around the bow string five or six times in the direction you wish the serving to go (2) before finally pulling the loose end which will tighten the hand strung serving (3). Cut off the loose end and place a small dap of glue over the area where the loose end was.

Now by using the server continue wraping the serving around the bow string. Make sure the serving is not too tight nor too loose (if the bow string twists then the serving is too tight and if you hold the serving from the server and the server falls then the serving is too loose (are you as confused as me!?)). When you are confident with your serving technique you can now end the serving.


This is achieved by pulling about 9 inches of serving loose from the server and, keeping all the serving you have already done tight, cutting the serving from the server. Starting about 2 inches from where the already served serving ends and leaving a large drop of serving (1), wind the loose end around the bow string back towards the already strung serving (2) going in the same clockwise or anticlockwise direction. When you have wound the serving 5 or 6 times, hold the loose end firm and by turning the drooping serving (3) around the bow string you will continue winding up the serving whilst unwinding the far end. When all the winding is done, pull the loose end of the serving to tighten the string, cut off the excess and then put a dab of glue over the spot where the loose end was.

Do this exercise two or three times until you are confident with the techniques. Once you have learnt how to do this properly, you can now start to make some strings.

I apologise for the fact that every other word of the above section was either server, serving, or served!
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Making a String
For this exercise you will need:

Stringing Jig
GlueServerBow StringScissors

The first thing you need to do is work out the length you need to have your string and how many strands you need. If you have an old string that is the right length, all you need to do is set the stringing jig to the length of your old string. If you do not have an old string and are lucky enough, the stringing jig may have markings on it that indicate string lengths for your bow. If you are unfortunate enough not to have an old string or a stringing jig with markings on, then you may need to make one string which, if it is too long or short when strung to the bow, you use as a rough guide to making the next string. NOTE: A string that is too long or too short can damage your bow. THROW IT AWAY and do another one.

Once you have found out the length of your string, you need to know how many strands are needed to make up the string. This depends on what type of bow string you are using.

String making - picture 1

First of all set up the stringing jig so that it is the correct size for your string. Then you need to wrap the bow string around the jig (as shown in picture 1) half as many times as you need strands. i.e. if you need a 16 strand string, then make 8 circuits of the stringing jig. You should start and finish in between two pegs at one end of the jig.

String making - picture 2

Once you have done this you need to serve some serving in between both pegs (about five inches or 12cm) as in picture 2. You may want to increase one serving length by about an extra inch if you let the bowstring slide over the limb when destringing a bow. You should cover the start and end of the bowstring.

String making - picture 3

Adjust the jig and string as shown in picture 3 (or any other way that makes the following sections easy to do).

String making - picture 4

Leaving a gap of about half an inch from both pegs (or half an inch from one peg and one inch from the other if you let the bowstring slide over the limb when destringing) join the string together by serving about 3 inches along the string at both ends.

Remove the bowstring from the jig and give it a few twists.

You now need to string your new bowstring to the bow and check the bracing height (found in some archery catalogs, or Gary's head, or somewhere like that). If the bracing height is too long then your string is too short. Use it to help when making you're next attempt, and then throw it away. If it is too long by no more than an inch you can remove the string and twist it a few times (in the same direction you twisted it a second ago) and replace it to see if it is the correct length. If it is too long by more than an inch then throw the string away and make a new one.

Once you have a string which is the correct length you can serve about 4 inches of serving along the part of the bowstring that the nocking point is to be attached to.

Congratulations! Now you're done! Go and shoot something!

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Make a Target...
  1. Find something you want to shoot.
  2. Attach it to a boss.
  3. Shoot it.