After becoming determined to “mass produce” arrows for my own use, I created a rotating tabletop fletching station from a 14″ lazy Susan,* which I picked up at a local thrift store for less than five bucks. It allows me to work on three arrows at a time, and the center is a safe area to set fletching, glue, toothpicks, alcohol and cotton swabs while moving from one arrow to the next.
The radius formed by the ends of the shafts while in fletching jigs can be made smaller by mounting the jigs on upward slanting blocks. To make the blocks, cut three pieces of scrap pine 2 3/8” x 6” with a 22.5 degree angle. Pre-drill two holes, and then mount the blocks with one 3″ and one 2″ drywall screws. The radius could be made even smaller by increasing the degree of cut on the block. The higher the angle, the more the arrow tip will be perpendicular to the table. When attaching the fletching jig to the block, hand tighten one 1 1/4″ drywall screw in the top hole or only one end of the jig. Hand tightening and using only one screw allows for turning the jig to easily insert and remove shafts, as well as focusing light.
The whole unit weighs around eleven pounds, and is compact enough to take on long trips. It is one of my most prized pieces of gear.
* A tray attached to a rotating base, generally used for condiments or food distribution. You can find them in the kitchen section of many department stores.