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woodchuck tapering tool

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static 24-Nov-21
fdp 24-Nov-21
Rooty 24-Nov-21
Dan In MI 24-Nov-21
fdp 24-Nov-21
Harleywriter 24-Nov-21
SB 24-Nov-21
Wapiti - - M. S. 24-Nov-21
Jim 24-Nov-21
Scoop 24-Nov-21
Thumper 24-Nov-21
newell38 24-Nov-21
Rock121 24-Nov-21
babysaph 24-Nov-21
Corax_latrans 24-Nov-21
Bob Rowlands 24-Nov-21
MStyles 24-Nov-21
Eric Krewson 25-Nov-21
Eric Krewson 25-Nov-21
fdp 25-Nov-21
leftwing 25-Nov-21
JusPassin 25-Nov-21
Scoop 25-Nov-21
Eric Krewson 25-Nov-21
Bob Rowlands 25-Nov-21
JusPassin 25-Nov-21
JusPassin 25-Nov-21
Tater 25-Nov-21
SB 25-Nov-21
dnovo 25-Nov-21
Andy Man 25-Nov-21
Jon Stewart 25-Nov-21
shortdraw 25-Nov-21
Bob Rowlands 25-Nov-21
Jon Stewart 26-Nov-21
Phil Magistro 26-Nov-21
bodymanbowyer 26-Nov-21
bodymanbowyer 26-Nov-21
bodymanbowyer 26-Nov-21
bodymanbowyer 26-Nov-21
Selden Slider 26-Nov-21
Dan In MI 26-Nov-21
Corax_latrans 26-Nov-21
From: static
Date: 24-Nov-21




Where to buy?

From: fdp
Date: 24-Nov-21




3Rivers used to sell them but I'm not sure they are still in business.

From: Rooty
Date: 24-Nov-21




I have one. I am not a fan. However Justin Newell likes his.

From: Dan In MI
Date: 24-Nov-21




They've been out of biz for few years now.

From: fdp
Date: 24-Nov-21




My experience is that you can easily build a taper tool that works better for less money.

But that's just my point of view.

From: Harleywriter
Date: 24-Nov-21




I’ve had one for years and it works fine. It takes a little fooling with but then it does a nice job.

From: SB
Date: 24-Nov-21




I just made a jig for my bench disc/belt sander

From: Wapiti - - M. S. Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 24-Nov-21




fdp x 2

From: Jim Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 24-Nov-21




Buy Rooty’s if he’ll sell it to you. I have two and love them.

From: Scoop Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 24-Nov-21




Had mine for years and tapered a lot of arrows. Works fine.

From: Thumper Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 24-Nov-21




Mine is at the bottom of the Morgan County AL landfill. Best place for it lol

In all seriousness, they work, but they are very fiddly to get adjusted just right and the discs are a pain to deal with.

PLus, they dont make em anymore to the best of my knowledge.

From: newell38 Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 24-Nov-21




I have 2 and I absolutely love them. I have one set up for point tapers and one set up for nocks. Once you get them dialed in they’re fantastic. I’ve been using mine since 04 and they’ve done countless shafts. I also have a few of the horizon taper machines and they work good too but I like the woodchuck better. If you heat up the metal disc before you stick the adhesive sanding disc on, it’ll stay on no matter what. I taper shafts in my garage in the winter when it’s well below freezing without any issues. They’re great machines if you’re patient with them and get them figured out. I’m always looking for spares if anyone has an extra laying around!

From: Rock121
Date: 24-Nov-21




I think I have one somewhere I will send you if you want it...Let me dig it out

From: babysaph Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 24-Nov-21




Heck I use the hand held ones and they do just fine.

From: Corax_latrans
Date: 24-Nov-21




I’m still trying to figure mine out…

Thus far, I am pretty sure that it’s a perfectly good tool and the operator needs a little more training. Not saying that an enterprising person couldn’t build something extremely comparable at a much lower cost, but I really don’t think there are any flies on it.

But hey, silly me… There I go assuming that it’s probably operator error again…

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 24-Nov-21




You need to learn how to use the tool. I found my woodchuck is actually a fine tool for production work. Not so great for hand spinning, unless you have just the right amount of water on your spinning hand for gription on the shafts, or they can pop out of the vee groove in the base. I bypass that goofy slow technique and power spin for production.

How? Use a battery drill. Chuck one end of the raw shaft into the Jacobs chuck. Power on the point taper while using a gloved hand to force the shaft down into the vee groove so it can't possibly skip out.

Glue on your points, blunts and target points work equally well. Chuck the point into the chuck and spin on the nock taper using the same gloved technique.

Easy as can be. Fast, efficient, accurate, and fun, instead of tedious. The tool is like manna from heaven.

Contact cement works great when you redo the sanding disks. I make sanding discs out of sanding belts.

From: MStyles
Date: 24-Nov-21




It’s all about getting them set up, which has already been said. Great tool.

From: Eric Krewson
Date: 25-Nov-21

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You can buy a cheap Harbor Freight disc sander, make a simple jug to go on the miter table and make perfect tapers at a fraction of the cost of a Woodchuck. After you get your jig angles down you are done, no more adjustment, ever, no matter what kind of shaft you put through it.

My jig is on a 6X48 sander that I use for bowmaking and a variety of things in my shop.

$89.99 at Harbor Freight plus you can sharpen your broadheads on it.

From: Eric Krewson
Date: 25-Nov-21

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My simple jig, I have had a variety of belt/disc sanders over the years, every one had a shaft taper jig on it.

From: fdp
Date: 25-Nov-21




Yep....what Eric said.

From: leftwing
Date: 25-Nov-21




Very innovative Eric, I like it!

From: JusPassin
Date: 25-Nov-21




I have a jig made to slide in the groove on my table saw. Put in the 10 inch sanding disk instead of a blade and you can taper a dozen arrows in less than 10 minutes, and they are perfect.

From: Scoop Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 25-Nov-21




I do like the idea of also using the belt/disc sander and jig for doing 10-12 inch nock and point tapers.

From: Eric Krewson
Date: 25-Nov-21

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I use this for the shaft tapers, it works but is not as precise as a dedicated jig. I have done enough shafts to eyeball the results, get them close and finish off by spinning the shaft in a drill and using hand sanding.

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 25-Nov-21




I like using the adjustable 'stop' on my woodchuck. Tapers are exact one to the next. No need to bite off a point too long.

From: JusPassin
Date: 25-Nov-21




I do similar Eric, but not the kind of taper I think he was asking about.

From: JusPassin
Date: 25-Nov-21




Oh, and if you clamp a support piece at the back end of the belt to allow the shaft to ride on you get real shaft to shaft consistancy.

From: Tater Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 25-Nov-21




I've had my Woodchuck for more than 20 years done hundreds of shafts, great tool, made in the USA.

From: SB
Date: 25-Nov-21




I always wanted one...but just too expensive for me.

From: dnovo Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 25-Nov-21




I bought mine many years ago. Price wasn’t bad then. I understand they’re no longer in business. I think it’s a great tool.

From: Andy Man
Date: 25-Nov-21




If you read the instructions and take your time setting it up

It does a great job -I do about a 100 every year with mine since the 80's I think

if doing commercial would look into a belt/disc sander rig

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 25-Nov-21




Have one, hate it. Dont use it

From: shortdraw
Date: 25-Nov-21




Jon, if you want rid of it I would take it.

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 25-Nov-21




Yup I suggest sell it Jon. You could do that right now and be done with being vexed. ha

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 26-Nov-21




Buddy gave it to me as he didn't like it either. Will have to check with him first to see if he wants it back. I just couldn't get it set up right I guess.

From: Phil Magistro
Date: 26-Nov-21




I've had one for a long, long time. Use it for tapers on wood and to true up the ends when I cut aluminum or carbons.

From: bodymanbowyer
Date: 26-Nov-21

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The PackRat. A little bit of everything, made this one. JF

From: bodymanbowyer
Date: 26-Nov-21

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From: bodymanbowyer
Date: 26-Nov-21

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From: bodymanbowyer
Date: 26-Nov-21

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From: Selden Slider
Date: 26-Nov-21




I have one I got in a trade. Haven't used it for quite some time. It did make great tapers. Frank

From: Dan In MI
Date: 26-Nov-21




I have been toying with making one. So far I have seen versions of almost every idea I have had.

From: Corax_latrans
Date: 26-Nov-21




Well, I suppose there aren’t all that many ways to skin that particular cat….. ;)





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