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    Post by Cscott on Sun Oct 09, 2016 4:52 pm

    Hello all! after much lurking and research in preparation for my first crossbow build, i decided to register and introduce myself! 

    First, a little about me. I work as a blacksmith/ whitesmith and many other things at my job restoring and reproducing 17th century hardware. As a hobby in my spare time i am also a bladesmith. I am a fast learner, and good with my hands, which has allowed me to pick up new skills very readily. I have never had any official training besides just "doing it" and research. 

    A few months ago i saw a mini 4" crossbow online and said, "hey thats cool.. i bet i can do that." So i did, and now.. now i want to build a medieval styled full size bow. 

    I picked up a 3x3x3 red oak board at Lowes, and after much research i started on it this past Friday. I am planning on making a crossbow at around a 200 + lb draw, as i want to take it out hunting eventually. So far I have the roller nut and its reinforced socket built and set almost flush into the red oak post. I also have the trigger lever slot drilled, the lever set in place and tested the whole thing for functionality. I need to mill the slot for the bolt to rest in and i may trim the sides back so the tiller is not so wide. After that, i plan on purchasing the prod and bow irons. I could make them, but i figured for my first crossbow i would rather be safe than sorry, and get it professionally done. On that note, I was planning on ordering the parts from alchem, are they still in business?

    Sorry for such a large introduction, I hope to learn a lot from everyone here as i progress with this project! Hope you all have a good evening. I shall finish this up with the few pictures i have so far.

      

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    Post by kenh on Mon Oct 10, 2016 6:16 am

    Welcome to our wacky world!

    Great looking beginning.  Is that roller nut assembly milled from aluminum?  I've heard there can be problems with aluminum 'sticking'.  You want want to Search here and see what has been written.

    I have to say I admire the heck out of any metalworker... just not something I ever had the opportunity to learn.  I'm a woodworker, myself.

    AFAIK, Alchem is still in business -- slow but still in business.

    Certainly that 3x3 can be shaped to reduce half the mass, at least, while retaining all the needed strength.

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    Post by Cscott on Mon Oct 10, 2016 7:06 am

    It is entirely mild steel actually. I basically followed the guidelines on the wiki, then milled the mug welds off nice and clean. I have been debating on switching out the mild steel nut for a delrin one. What I will probably do is make one of delrin and test the both out when this thing is completed. 

    And thank you! I admire all woodworkers, working with a chisel scares me. After getting used to working steel wood seems to move entirely too easily.

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    Post by Onager Lovac on Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:21 pm

    Thank God, people can join again!!

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    Post by Onager Lovac on Mon Oct 10, 2016 5:20 pm

    Yo Cscott if you made a tiny crossbow show us, by the way dont be afraid of using a chisel its easier than you think.

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    Post by Onager Lovac on Mon Oct 10, 2016 5:21 pm

    Oh, and welcome to the forum.

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    Post by Xamllew on Tue Oct 11, 2016 6:36 am

    Welcome. Your work looks very promising so far, can't wait to see how it goes.

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