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DIY Strap-On Bowhanger

I have a TreeApron strap mount hanger now but it holds the bow very close to the tree. I got bored Sunday and dug through my scrap steel pile and fired up the old mig welder. I realize you can buy them for $25 but this was basically free (I did buy the stainless hardware for $3) and plus I got to make it, which was fun.

2 - 7" x 1" square tube
1 - 2" x 2" x 1/8" Angle
1 - Threaded eyelet and nut (sorry I had it already, not sure of size)
2 - U shaped pipe clamps
1 - Small hook for accessory hanger (any size you like)
1 - Stainless 1/4" x 20 x 2-1/4" bolt
1 - Stainless 1/4 x 20 nylock nut
3 - Stainless 1/4" washers
1 - Can Black Plasti-dip
1 - 1" Nylon strap (mine is wider than 1" but only because I already had it)
Misc camo tape and shrink wrap

I cut two pieces of 1" square tubing 7" long and drilled a 5/16" hole 3/4" from the end centered on both pieces. Next I cut a piece of the 2" angle 6" long. I realized the nut from the threaded eyelet fit perfect inside the tube so I welded it in, that way the bow hook is removable for packing. I cut about 1/3 of the eyelet off so it could be used as a hook and coated it in plasti-dip. Next I notched the angle at the top so the 1" tubing would sit flush and give me decent welding surfaces. I drilled a 1/4" hole through this section and welded the small eyelet in for the accessory hook. I ground the top weld down so it would fold back without hitting. I also filled the ends with silicone to hopefully prevent the tubes from filling with water or dirt. I welded the U clamps onto the sides of the angle for loops to run the strap through. I then coated everything in plasti-dip (2 coats) for protection and to hopefully help with any noise while hanging a bow or item on the smaller hook.

I think I will cut the threaded eyelet down, there's no reason for it to be that long and it takes some time screwing it into the hanger.

It works pretty well. I hung a 20# dumbbell from it and it held no problem, I forgot to get a picture of that though. It is angled down slightly, but that was not intentional. My magnet square isn't very square anymore obviously.

All finished after plasti-dip sprayed and misc camo tape/shrink wrap mainly just because I was bored haha. ~ 16" extended.

I pulled it down once strapped on like you do with a treestand to seat it, but I don't think I needed to. It's really solid without doing that.





-Bowhunter

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Re: DIY Strap-On Bowhanger

Nice! You need my address now so you can send one my way! LOL!!
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Re: DIY Strap-On Bowhanger

LOL I probably have enough materials, except for the stainless hardware and a strap.

I used it tonight and even with my backpack also hanging from the hook it was solid. I am digging it.

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Re: DIY Strap-On Bowhanger

Very nice job Squirrel! I bought one similar to that at Lancaster Archery Supply - I wouldn't have any idea how to make my own! A little bulky to carry but it does the job when hunting on state land and you can't screw anything into a tree.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-17-2013, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Re: DIY Strap-On Bowhanger

Thanks! Yeah it is a little bulky but it's nice having the bow not scraping the tree like the shorter strap on hanger I have.

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