Motor Mounts & Connectors For The
One-Piece Contemporary Dart


For those of you who have purchased The New Atlatl And Dart Workbook and are excited about making that sleek and versatile carbon-fiber dart, we've come up with further information about the connectors used in the plans.

The 2 inch long, 1/4 inch diameter motor mount studs may found at hardware stores and online sources listed as "double-ended studs (threaded)". Some simply list them as "studs" and it's up to you to look through their selection to find .25 diameter studs with threads on each end.

There are two types of double ended studs. With the first kind, the threads on either side of the smooth section are not of equal length. These are sometimes referred to as "tap end" studs. This is the type pictured in the workbook. You could also use the second type which is the true "double-ended" stud and has threads of equal length on each end with the smooth part of the stud centered between them.

It's not uncommon to find that the shorter end of the "tap-end" style studs is ever so slightly smaller in diameter than the other end. Unless the short side of the motor mount is a LOT smaller than 1/4 inches in diameter, it will still work as long as you follow the workbook's instructions to use a 1/4 inch tap to score the inside of the tubes followed by cleaning the inside of the tubes with acetone. Also, make sure the two shafts join together in the smooth part of the motor mount, and that the shafts are resting on a level surface or taped to a straight board while the joint dries.  With this kind of preparation the JB Weld can do its magic--filling the space between the threads and the inner walls of the tubes and hardening everything in place, resulting in an extremely secure joint.

As mentioned before, the studs may be found at your local hardware store (I recently found some at the place with a helpful hardware man). And here is an online source for two inch long, 1/4 inch diameter double-ended studs (sometimes called "motor mount style studs") :

These ones are the true "double-ended" studs as described above and they are perfect for making the darts:

http://www1.mscdirect.com/cgi/NNSRIT2?PMAKA=74366055&PMPXNO=7169958&cm_re=ItemDetail-_-ResultListing-_-SearchResults

The contemporary carbon-fiber atlatl dart shown in our workbook is a very attractive and versatile design. I feel confident you'll really like it for hunting and fishing, and it's especially good for target practice at archery ranges too. The diameter of the dart is the same as an arrow so you're not going to tear up the targets.

We hope you found this article of value and that you're having fun with this unique and exciting outdoor sport!























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