Ever since I got into archery a few years ago, I have always had one problem when shooting my bow in the back yard. Take my bow with me to retrieve my arrows or put it on the ground. I don’t know about you, but as much money as I spend on my bows and accessories I don’t like putting my bow on the ground. So I finally took the time to make my own PVC bow stand. Sure I could have went out and bought one, but this was fun to make. I also was able to make it the way I wanted it to be.
- Hack Saw
- Measuring Tape
- 2 – 10’ Sections of 1-1/2” PVC pipe
- PVC Cement
- 6 – 90 degree elbows
- 5 – Tees
- 1 – WYE
- 2 – Caps
- 1 – 4 Way Tee
- 4 – 1-1/2” to 2” bushings
- 2 – 3-1/2” to 2” reducers
For the base you will need to cut 4 – 6” pieces and 4 – 10” pieces, along with 4 elbows and 4 tees. You will have a rectangle when put together.
For the brace you will need to cut 2 – 24” pieces and 1 – 7” piece, along with the 4 way tee and the WYE. Put the 24” pieces in the tees on the shorter ends. Then the 4 way tee on one end and the WYE on the other. Put the 7” piece into the other end of the 4 way tee and then into the WYE.
For the bow holder you will need to cut a 17” piece, and two 10” pieces, along with the tee. Once you get these four pieces together put them in the WYE from the brace.
For the arrow holders cut 2 – 18” pieces and put one in each of the tees from the base on the longer sides. Then put a 1-1/2” to 2” bushings on the tops.
For the cup holders you will need 8 – 4” pieces, 2 – elbows, 2 – 1-1/2” to 2” bushings, and 2 – 3-1/2” to 2” reducers. On each side of the 4 way tee on the brace put a 4” piece then an elbow then a 4” piece then a bushing and a reducer on top of that.
This was a fun project to work on and it only took about an hour to finish. If you have kids that are also into archery then it would be fun to do with the kids. My bow stand measures 20 x 27” and stands 50” tall so it is big enough for any of our bows. It has two cup holders and two arrow holders. My girlfriend’s daughter’s recurve even hangs on it without touching the ground.
Before you glue anything together dry fit the whole stand to make sure that everything fits together OK. Make sure that you DO NOT BUY any fittings that are threaded. I had to make a trip back to the stop to exchange threaded fittings for ones that weren’t. The hardest part for me was getting all of the fittings on straight once I put the cement in the fitings. Also trying to cut the pipe square, I didn’t do a very good job at that but it still came out looking good.