How to Restring a Compound Bow

In general, bowstring is an essential component of a compound bow. The string comprises some smaller strands which have been draped together. A bowstring can withstand more than a force of 100 lbs. In the perfect world where all things are equal, a bowstring can serve you until the end of the bow’s life.

However, that only happens if you take care of it routinely and properly. Without accurate maintenance, fraying can set in. As a result, it may promote safety risk as the string will snap suddenly, causing violent outcomes. Unfortunately, this is what usually happens as not everyone is aware of the importance of a bowstring. However, you do not have to go to any archery shop to restring your bow. You can do this at home by following the guide on how to restring a compound bow below.

How to restring a compound bow

Step 1: Prepare the following items

  • Allen wrench
  • Hands and feet
  • A new bow string

Step 2: Insert the Allen wrench into the limb bolts

First, you need to locate the limb bolts of the compound bow. The next thing is inserting as the Allen wrench right into these bolts. Remember that the limbs of the bow attached to the riser at the bolts. Everything you have to do is to turn these limb bolts one after the other anticlockwise.

Moreover, remember to make three full revolutions. This way, you can take a great part of the pressure off the limbs.

Insert the Allen wrench into the limb bolts

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Step 3: Pull up the riser until your bow gets the “full draw” position.

Try to use your both feet to step on the top of the old bowstring. Use your both hands as well to pull up the riser of the bow. Keep pulling the riser until the bow is fully drawn.

Step 4: Replace the string

Hold the riser with one hand. Put the end loops of replacement string on teardrop fittings of the new ones open sides with the other hand. This is a basic step on how to restring a compound bow.

Also, remember that the teardrop fittings are on both ends of the cable.

Step 5: Lower your bow

Keep lowering your bow until you can notice the limbs get back to the original position.

Look at the loops of the bowstring and make sure that they are all seated fully onto the grooves.  If you do not know what are these grooves for, they are part of the string fittings.

Step 6: Pull the riser of the bow again

Use your both feet to step on the replacement string. Start pulling on the riser of the bow and keep doing that until the bow gets its “full drawn” position. After that, you can take out the string you want to replace from the fittings, and lower the bow.

Step 7: Tighten the limb bolts with the Allen wrench

Cost on how to restring a compound bow

In case you want to know the average price of restringing your bow, it likely falls for about $70. With this average price, you can have your bowstring replaced, a new NAP Apache rest installed and your bow tuned.

Nonetheless, keep in mind that there are also many other factors which influence the cost of restringing a bow. That is the reason why the price range might fluctuate from $50 to $150. If it costs more than $150, you can expect some kind of top-class service, or you will be ripped off.

How to make bow string

Step 1: Prepare the following things

  1. A string jig

You can easily buy one for $200 from almost every archery supply place. Or you can simply make one at home for a couple of dollars with several cut-off 1/2 bolts and scrap wood.

  1. A serving jig

I recommend you use a cavalier serving jig because it is quite cheap, costing for approximately $12. Moreover, it also available at any archery supply shop.

  1. Some string-making supplies.

For me, I would like to use Brownell Dacron B50 to build the main part of the string. For the end servings, I used Brownell 0.026” diamondback braid and monofilament for the center servings. You can get these from any archery store.

How to make bow string

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Step 2: Cord a short loop at the end of the string material

Next, grip the loop transitorily to one of those pegs.

Put 40 strands in total around the pegs. Tie the end of the string off the loop which you tied before. Remember to pull it taut but not tight.

Step 3: Serve 5” of half of the strands in the center of the two pegs

Rotate the string until the servings are centered on one of the end pegs. After that, use tape to mark the location of the other serving.

When you place the end right in the middle, rotate it again.

Now, rotate it back so that the served ends can be centered on these pegs.

Put the unfinished end serving into place so the free end will be a quarter shorter than the other side. Then you can squeeze the strings together as well as finish serving the first end. Remember to give yourself about 5 inches of serving for this and squeeze the other end together and serve that too.

Step 4: Serve 6 inches in the center

Rub a lot of wax into your string. If you have beeswax, just use it. If you do not, just use an available silicon string wax. In fact, it does not smell and can work just as effectively.


To sum up, nowadays, you do not have to spend a lot of money to restring your bow. It is true that you can do all of this stuff yourself. I hope that with this article, you will know how to restring a compound bow as well as how to make a bow string yourself.