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Clovis6
So in addition to getting to eat and drink with reckless abandon, another great thing about the holidays is that you get to clean out your bow closet.  In mine I found 2 boxes full of broken wood arrows or widely varying sizes, lengths, and spine weights.  Probably 3 or 4 dozen all in from the past 2-3 years (yeah, I'm that bad at times).  So now the question is what do I do with them?  Throw them out?  Sell them? Cut them off and put new points on them?  Put them back in the closet and forget about them until next Christmas?

Now that I have the new arrow cutting saw I got for Christmas, I'm inclined to try to salvage them to the extent possible.  With my 26" draw, I think I can probably shoot anything that is 25" or longer with the right bow. My thought is to cut them off, spine them and glue on points of varying weights to compensate for the shorter length they end up at.  With my #52 Sprague, I usually shoot I usually shoot 27", 45-50# spine, with 145gr points. Am thinking if the arrow ends up at 26", I will go up to 160gr or 175gr points.  If it is closer to 25", I have some 200gr points I can try.  Theoretically, they should all then fly to approximately the same point on the target. 

Does this sound like it might work or that it is way too much work?  

Shooting right now (Aug 2020): 
Northern Mist Sprague Longbow, 66", #52
Bodnik Mohawk Chief Longbow, 62", #50@27
Bob Lee Blackhawk Recurve, 58", #49
Black Widow PSAX, 62", 46#
   
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James Donahue
cut off  and re point
 160 points
 would doubt if could really tell difference  with the original points 

done it a zillion times with the original points  and shot just fine

Colonial Beach, Virginia
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timking
Tomato stakes?
Sorry....

Dallas, Texas
62" #55 Fox High Sierra 
62" #58 Black Widow MA
64" #56 A&H ACS 
Widowmaker 350 Carbon shafts
200 gr. Iron Will 4 blade



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chuckc
Skwerl arrows. You can extend wooden sgafts with footings. They don't have to be fancy.
ChuckC

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I did too !

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aromakr
If they shot well for you at the original length I doubt they will shorter, depending on how much shorter. Chuckc idea is the way to go, foot them

Bob
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Tom M
I would also try the footing approach. I have tried your idea in the past with mixed result. I would guess it’s because of the variance in spine and weight of wood shafts to begin with. A simple jig to two foot a shaft can be found on YouTube. 
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Gypsy
Clovis,  I’ve been putting footings on my point broken arrows for some years now and I find they work great, are easy to do and save making new ones.  Check out http://www.reparrows.com.
john
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aromakr
Clovis:
Let me add to what I said in the previous post.

A very simple way to foot a broken arrow is:
You will need a disc or belt sander, set up a jig to give you a taper of 2 1/2-3 1/2" long. Cut the broken arrow off as long as you can get it and cut a flat taper, so the taper runs across the grain, then take a piece of broken arrow the same diameter and do the same thing. I would wax the rounded part of the shaft so glue will not stick to it, that will make clean up easier once glue is dry.
Now add glue to both pieces, (tite-bond II) put the pieces together and wrap tightly with a piece of rubber band. Make a "V" block so you can rotate the shaft and adjust until the added piece it spins true and allow to dry. Cut to length and point taper.

Bob
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chuckc
Bob...so, a single foot ? Thats what i was thinking as easy. The Renfro's have a really nice video out on footing, making jigs for footing, making a shaft turning device, hand planing shafts etc. I think highly of it.
ChuckC

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I did too !

Madison, Wisconsin.   Public land hunter
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trad_bowhunter1965
try Arrow fix I have fixed a bunch with it you can find them at 3rivers archery.
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Steve Graf
I gave 2 buckets of arrows to my nephews for Xmas, safe in the knowledge that they will have them splintered and lost in no time [rolleyes]

Chuck, I think you are right.  I think Bob is suggesting a simple long splice for the fix.  I've been thinking about giving that a try, but hadn't worked up the courage.  A Titebond glue joint should be stronger than the wood, so it should work...


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Old Sailor
I have repaired many broken arrows of the years with TitebondIII.  You have to use your head on what breaks are repairable and which are not.  Length wise splits and long breaks glue up fine if there is enough glue surface to make a strong joint.  End grain does not make a strong glue joint.  I have never had a problem with any I have repaired.
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