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    Hello from New Zealand

    Post by minerug on Wed Jun 11, 2014 1:16 am

    Hi all,

    I am from New Zealand and am new to crossbow building.

    I've been interested in making one for a good few years now and have scoured the net for info and pictures etc. Now that I have a good set of tools I've decided to finally get on and build one.

    So far I have gathered some brand new trailer leaf springs (the longest leaves are around 600mm) for the prod. I intend to strengthen the middle of the prod with some extra metal and a few bolts given that there is a 5/16 hole right in the middle. I'm going to use a bit of 40mm round bar as part of a rotating nut type trigger. Kevlar thread made into a reinforced endless loop for the bowstring.

    What sort of timber is recommended for the stock? I am in the middle of nowhere, but have access to various offcuts from building and pallets, as well as some eucalyptus trees to cut down (I have read it is extremely hard)

    In terms of engraving/decorating, is it possible to engrave the prod without messing with it? 

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    Re: Hello from New Zealand

    Post by kenh on Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:40 am

    Welcome Minerug!

    This is certainly the place for all your crossbow questions!

    I've not done it, but I undersand that making prods from leaf springs can be problematic.  There are several threads here that address the issue, as well as the Crosbow Building Wiki (link on the right side of the page).

    As far as tiller timber, Kauri Pine will do just fine.  Satinwood, or anything else local that is approximately Oak, Walnut or Mahogany strong or stronger.

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    Re: Hello from New Zealand

    Post by minerug on Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:56 am

    Hi there!

    I was thinking of doing something alomt the lines of http://crossbow.wikia.com/wiki/Stiffening_the_middle_of_a_leaf-spring_bow

    I've got some 60mm x 4mm steel (I'm assuming it's mild) on the way as well as the shorter leaves from the springs to use in there somewhere.

    For a goat's foot lever do you reckon mild steel of something a bit stiffer for the construction?

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    Re: Hello from New Zealand

    Post by kkmark on Wed Jun 11, 2014 8:51 pm

    Hi minerug - good luck with the project.  I thought of decorating the prod but I might only paint it, or cut out a pattern from thin steel and glue it to the prod (not weld, because of the heat), instead of engraving it and possibly creating a weak spot.  Just my .02.

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