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    Post by gearboxx70 on Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:26 pm

    I'm new to the forum, and new to crossbows. I dabbled in archery some time ago, so I have some familiarity with pointy projectiles.

    The reason I'm here is to pick as many brains as I can. Somehow, it got into my head to build my own crossbows. I figure I have the basic skills needed, and a cool collection of tools. I'm a journeyman carpenter, part time fabricator, experienced tinkerer, and honorary redneck.

    I want to build usable, modern, accurate equipment without using exotic materials like carbon fiber, magnesium, or unobtainium. I may even consider building my own bolts when I feel more comfortable with my 1930's Dunlap lathe.

    Hope to get as much as I can from this forum, and share all my mistakes along the way!
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    Post by Todd the archer on Fri Nov 14, 2014 2:18 am

    Welcome, will try to help in anyway i can. So where are you from?
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    Post by kenh on Fri Nov 14, 2014 5:42 am

    Welcome!  "Exotic materials" around here are things like ivory and lignum vitae!  We've cornered the market on unobtanium .  

    If you're a metalworker there are lots of fancy, modern, multi-axle actions you can build.  If not, there are plenty of traditional action styles that have worked well for hundreds, if not thousands of years.  Same thing with making your own metal prods (better than waiting a loooong time for a commercially available one).  There are readily available, non-metallic, modern materials that make good prods too.   As a woodworker you'll have fun making medieval and modern-futuristic looking tillers.  Most of us make our own bolts from dowel stock rather than lathe-turning them - it's a lot less hassle unless you're into micro-metric target shooting and 'one-hole' accuracy.

    So read a few thousand topics here and pick a style of bow for your first attempt.  Also decide whether you want it to be a hunting c-bow, a precision target c-bow, or a general backyard plinking c-bow.

    Then, ask and ye shall receive -- answers to questions.  If not, we'll offer them anyway as you show us your progress!
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    Post by gearboxx70 on Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:19 am

    Thanks for the welcome, guys!

    Todd, I live in northern California. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon.

    Ken, I'm looking toward something usable, and easy to maintain. My thought is to use a leaf spring for the prod, and hardwood for the stock. I have experience working with most materials, so even making my own drop in trigger is part of the plan.

    The end result should be something I can use for hunting or defense, and will last for many years. Once I have something that meets my satisfaction, I'll make a couple more just like it and start on the same thing in pistol size.
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    Post by Hermit on Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:30 am

    Hi Gearbox,from your self description,you already have the box,from what I know of this Forum,it's many experienced members will be happy to give you the gears................
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    Post by Gnome on Sun Nov 16, 2014 2:14 pm

    welcome, Gearbox. I think you've come to the right place to start the journey you've described. I don't know why it's so addictive- I've rebuilt a couple firearms, made a few swords and knives and warhammers and whatnot, but I set out three or so years ago to build ONE crossbow and by now I've built 10, six full size and four pistols. No shortage of useful advice here, sprinkled lightly with entertaining nonsense! Get started and let's see where this takes you.
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