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    My first Crossbow

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    EledZe
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    My first Crossbow

    Post by EledZe on Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:49 pm

    Hello everyone!

    My first post on this site.
    I started playing with the idea of making a crossbow as a birthday gift for a friend,
    after he gave me a home-made oak bow for my birthday.
    After browsing the web, I ended up on the arbalistguild, seeing some other
    homemade projects of other people and I was intrigued.

    I've copied the nut trigger system, which I made from a combination of brass
    and steel. The handle is made of mahogany and the stock is made of walnut.

    This is where I'm at so far.


    I find the square stock a bit boring, and I'd like to add some shape to it.
    I've tried to make a few designs in 3D-programs so far, and the one I'm most
    pleased with so far is this one.


    I have a little experience with routers, but not much.
    If anyone has any tips when it comes to shaping the stock, that would be
    much appreciated. The walnut I'm working with is quite dry, and has a tendency
    to splinter easily.
    Would a shape like this be doable, either by hand tools or router?

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    Re: My first Crossbow

    Post by stuckinthemud1 on Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:35 pm

    Certainly looks do-able. Good luck and keep us posted  Very Happy
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    Re: My first Crossbow

    Post by Geezer on Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:58 pm

    Walnut always tends to be a bit crumbly, and the splinters hurt a lot.  I recommend going for nice rounded surfaces, rather than sharp-edged ones.  Geezer.

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