In Part 4 of our bow build we look at something that every bowhunter needs to know – how to tie a d-loop. The knots look a little intimidating at first, but once you do it a couple of times it becomes natural. You’ll also learn why not every d-loop should be the same length, as well as a few things to look out for as your putting a new d-loop on your bow.
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Additionally, here is a step-by-step pictorial of the tying process…
Step 1 – Start with one end of your loop material overlapping the string.
Step 2 – Wrap the loop material around the string, then back over the starting end of your loop material.
Step 3 – Wrap the material around the bow string once again, then come up and through the “loop” that you formed with your d-loop material.
Step 4 – Cinch this first knot down, being sure that the starting end of your loop material is seated tightly within the knot. (See the plier trick in the video!)
Step 5 – Form the “D” of your d-loop by arching the loop material over the string. Be sure that the “legs” of your arch are on opposite (near/far) sides of the bow’s string!
Step 6 – Wrap your loop material around the bow string, bringing it back through the “arch” or “D” of your d-loop.
Step 7 – Bring the loop material back across the bow string, then come up through the loop that you just formed.
Step 8 – Pull the end of your loop material, cinching the 2nd knot tight, and adjusting the size of the main loop. (Keep in mind that your d-loop will stretch and increase in size!)
Step 9 – Cut the excess loop material, leaving about a 3/8″ tail remaining.
Step 10 – Fuzz the tail of your loop material, and then slowly melt it with a lighter. Once the fray is melted into a nice ball, smash it flat against your lighter.
Step 11 – Use a pair of needle-nose pliers to stretch the d-loop and set the knots. It is perfectly safe to use quite a bit of force in this step.
That’s it! Now it is time to shoot.
Let me know if you have any questions…