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    New crossbow builder

    Post by wjbates1430 on Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:58 pm

    HI I'm William semi retired hobbyist just starting to plan a medevial crossbow build. My plan is to forge the arm from a light trailer axle spring. And possibly oak or poplar for the body.
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    Re: New crossbow builder

    Post by Geezer on Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:29 am

    William: go with oak or the tiller (stock) you'll find poplar easy to work, but probably too soft/weak to stand up to a stout steel prod.  Geezer.
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    Re: New crossbow builder

    Post by kenh on Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:34 pm

    What Geezer said.  He's the pro and in the know!  Poplar, even tulip poplar isn't strong enough to make a good tiller.  Go with Oak, it's historically correct, readily available, and makes a good looking tiller either blond or stained dark.

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    Re: New crossbow builder

    Post by wjbates1430 on Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:10 pm

    Well that settled that then oak it is.

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