Video: 5 Ways Not to Make an Archery Target

Here is the video based on my ill-fated attempts at making the ideal archery target.

5 Ways Not to Make an Archery Target

What is the ideal DIY target for backyard archery? I don’t know. I’ve tried five different types of targets over the past year, and I’ve learned some things that I like, and don’t like, in a target. Part 1: My Requirements for a Target 1. Big — How big? Big enough to be hit by
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Making Bows and Arrows

For the the past couple of weeks, I’ve been making bows and arrows, ostensibly for my 12 year daughter, Sophia, but this is something I’ve been interested in doing for a long time. As usual, I’m trying to do things for cheap or free, using found, recycled or readily available materials. The bows I’ve been
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Dovetail Planter Box

I like to take every opportunity to practice my dovetails, especially when making casual and utilitarian projects. Here is the first of four planter boxes that will hold our herb garden on our back deck. The sides and bottom are made from half-inch cedar fencing, and the ends are from an old door frame I
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Mini Japanese Toolbox

This project was a Christmas present for my wife, Aggie. I wanted to build a Japanese toolbox after finding some articles about them at Daiku Dojo. The box measures 14″ x 10″ x 5″, and it was designed to hold papers at Aggie’s desk. So far, it’s just sitting in the bookcase looking pretty. I
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The Rustic Mallet

Like the old recipe for chicken soup (first, kill a chicken), I began making my rustic mallet by firstly cutting down a silver maple in my back yard. I cut it down last summer and used my new antique froe to rive sections of the tree’s trunk into pieces resembling lumber. Months later when I
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