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    Post by kkmark on Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:49 pm

    Hi Everyone:

    New to the forum, stumbled upon this during the last month when I built an 11lb notch-lock crossbow for my son's Medieval period school project.

    Putting it together was great and I learned a lot about what to do/not to do...just a start.

    Tiller is red oak, the prod is red oak 1.5" wide, tillered, backed by jute string and weldbond, the string is Dacron B-50 6-strands, Flemish loop, and the stirrup was some old clothes hanger stand we found and hammered flat. Quarrel made from some dowels we found at Home Depot.  These shown here were too heavy and I eventually made shorter versions in the 250-grain range.

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    As things turned out, I'm on to building a 150lb hunting crossbow. 

    And will need a lot of advice and help!

    All the best,

    Ken
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    Post by Geezer on Mon Jun 09, 2014 3:58 pm

    Welcome aboard Ken:  Geezer here.  Your first effort looks pretty darned good, and if it throws bolts/arrows downrange with any consistency, you can consider the project a success.  And now, on to greater things.  Beware, this stuff gets addictive pretty fast.  I speak from 30 years' experience!  Geezer.
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    Post by kkmark on Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:01 pm

    Hi Geezer: Thanks for the kind comments.  It shoots consistently - a relief for me - but, as you pointed out, I started to wonder if I could make one that shoots quarrels farther, and faster.

    I am already hooked, bought all these books, starting looking at previous posts.

    I do have a question about how to form a steel prod from 5160 spring steel, but will post it in the appropriate part of the forum.  Regards, Ken
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    Post by Todd the archer on Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:28 pm

    Now that you have that first one under your belt time to start planning for bigger and better, I know been there myself!

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    Post by kkmark on Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:45 pm

    Hi Todd:

    Not only am I planning for bigger and better, I can't stop thinking of the project...already posted a "help needed" post.

    Need a hand-built tool for my Texas hunting trip in November!

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    Re: Hello Everyone

    Post by kenh on Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:53 pm

    Welcome from another Ken, and another fan of the Skane style pinlock/notch lock action.  FWIW, your 150# prod can still be used efficiently with that style of action.
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    Post by kkmark on Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:43 pm

    Hi Ken: I do like the notch-lock action - very simple.  I also like the roller nut release, so will try that next.  I had wanted to cold-form 5160 steel but after reading through a few threads, I think I'm better off getting parts off of an online supplier for the 2nd build.
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    Post by kenh on Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:15 am

    Just a heads up that some of the online steel prod suppliers are "glacial" in their response times.  Check some of the other steel prod postings here.  I avoid the whole issue by using hand-made fiberglass or composite fiberglass prods.
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    Post by kkmark on Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:25 am

    Noted, thanks for the heads up.  Best, Ken

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