How to Make a Bow String Jig

How to Make a Bow String Jig
Bow string jigs are simple devices used to make bow strings. A commercial outdoors store will sell a high-quality jig for as much as $200. However, many people choose to make their own jigs at home for the cost of just a few bucks. These jigs allow a craftsman to work with the string they will use on a bow and make sure it is taut and properly sized for the bow. Working with bows and bow string can be a tedious process, but the process of actually making a jig is quite simple.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Wood plank (2-by-4 or 2-by-6)
  • Screws or nails
  • Drill or hammer
  • Measuring tape
Step 1
Measure the bow to determine how long the string needs to be, and how long your must cut the wood. Depending on its size, this is usually between 18 inches (for a crossbow) and 3 feet. Cut the wood plank to fit the length of the string, plus 6 to 8 extra inches.
Step 2
Measure out the necessary length on your wood board, then mark the start and endpoints of that line. These points are where you will insert your screws or nails. Mark one endpoint within 2 inches of one end, and then make the second marking the appropriate distance away from the first marking.
Step 3
Place additional markings at 1-inch intervals beyond the second marking, using the extra space on the wood. This will let you use your jig for more than one bow and accommodate the lengths of those strings.
Step 4
Hammer nails into the wood at the corresponding points on the board, or use a drill to screw them in. They should go most of the way through the wood but not break through to the other side. The depth of your screws/nails is important because you will put a lot of pressure on them when making your bowstring and pulling it tight.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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