The skill of attaching feathers to an arrow, or fletching, requires precision and careful application. Improper fletching can cause arrows to rotate improperly mid-flight, even landing significantly off-target. Many companies manufacture tools that assist in fletching, including the Bitzenburger Dial-o-Fletch arrow fletching system. This tool holds the arrow still while guiding the feather onto the shaft, creating the proper alignment and curve of feather. With the correct technique, you can fletch arrows with Bitzenburger fletching equipment.
Securing the Tool
Hold the base of a Bitzenburger Dial-o-Fletch fletching tool on the top of a workbench and mark the screw holes against the workbench with a pencil.
Drill pilot holes into the marked locations on the workbench with a power drill and drill bit.
Drive screws through the screw holes in the base of the fletching tool into the pilot holes in the workbench with a power drill and driver bit.
Fletching the Arrow
Slide off the metal keeper holding the magnet in place on a Bitzenburger Dial-o-Fletch fletching tool.
Loosen the screws at the center of the two knobs on the right side of the fletching tool with an Allen wrench.
Turn the nock receiver set screw at the base of the fletching tool where the nock of the arrow sits clockwise with an Allen wrench. Turn the screw until it is at the desired setting: 3-fletch, 120 degrees; 4-fletch, 90 degrees or 4-fletch, 75 by 105 degrees.
Place an arrow shaft with an attached nock into the fletching tool so the nock fits into the V-shaped notch at the bottom of the tool.
Place the clamp onto the magnet and adjust the two knobs on the right side of the fletching tool until the clamp rests on the shaft evenly.
Tighten the screws in the two knobs on the right side of the fletching tool with an Allen wrench.
Remove the clamp and squeeze it open.
Insert a fletch into the clamp so that there is 1/8-inch distance between the base of the fletch and the base of the clamp.
Place the clamp onto the magnet and ensure that the fletch in the clamp is properly aligned with the shaft.
Apply a small amount of glue to the fletch where it attaches to the arrow shaft.
Place the clamp on the magnet and press down on the rear of the clamp until it makes contact with the shaft. Continue to press down on the clamp until the entire base of the fletch is in contact with the shaft. Allow the glue to dry completely according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Squeeze the clamp open and remove the clamp from the fletching tool.
Turn the nock receiver screw counter-clockwise to the next setting to begin fletching the next fletch. Repeat this process until the arrow is fully fletched.