I'm just starting out on my first crossbow build which will be a western European design of modest draw weight. If anyone has photos of extant examples I'd love to see them. I have yet to source a prod (probably going to be a leaf spring) so I have not got any dimensions for the stock worked out.
So far I have turned a rolling nut blank (35mm dia) from an antler stem and I am wondering about the ideal position and profile for the spurs and the sear pin.
I was planning to just use some 8mm mild steel rod for the sear pin(flattened where it contacts the tickler) held in with epoxy.
I have some nice English oak from which I want to make a one piece stock.
Currently the plan is to drill the nut socket through and hold the nut in place with side plates rather than create a mortise block for the nut. So, I am currently looking for info on the geometry of the tickler, leaf spring and the associated socket/channel that needs to be excavated.
Loads to learn ...should be fun!