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Attaching socketed boltheads to the shaft

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Introduction Edit

This is a general purpose method for tapering the end of the shaft so that it fits the socket in the bolthead. If you're using factory-made boltheads and make lots of identical bolts, you could consider buying a special tool designed for tapering the shaft: these should be available at many archery supply stores.

The process step-by-step Edit

Cut the shaft roughly to length, leaving it longer than necessary at first:

Attaching socketed boltheads to the shaft - 01

Measure the depth of the socket and mark the depth on the shaft:

Attaching socketed boltheads to the shaft - 02

Attaching socketed boltheads to the shaft - 03

If you want to save some time, use a knife to make a rough taper:

Attaching socketed boltheads to the shaft - 04

Then, by continuously rotating the shaft rasp it to form (see video):

Attaching socketed boltheads to the shaft - 04

The result should look like this, and you should be able to fit the shaft and socket easily together:

Attaching socketed boltheads to the shaft - 05

Attaching socketed boltheads to the shaft - 06

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