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    Plans and materials for my first build

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    chilihook
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    Plans and materials for my first build

    Post by chilihook on Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:08 am

    If this is in the wrong spot or in anyway not in line with forum policies, my apologies!

    So I am an absolute beginner crossbow builder, but I have some wood working and bowyering experience as well as decently fitted out little wood shop in my basement. I think this is gorgeous and is what I'd like to try to build:



    Am I out of my gourd? I think I'm at the reach of my abilities here... The parts where I have real concerns are the trigger mechanism (more on that in minute) and mounting the prod.

    I am starting to gather materials and draw out plans. So far I have red oak for the stock and some steel banding to replicate the mounting plate as seen in the picture above. 

    I am going to keep this fairly low draw weight at between 80 and 100 lbs and was wondering if delrin would be strong enough to make a nut from. Never having worked with it before, I'm not sure of its limitations.

    The trigger/cam would be delrin, the lever steel, the nut delrin. All critiques are welcomed on this as I'm really not sure what I'm doing, lol.

    The prod I'm considering would either be a manufactured one like on the crossbow pictured or using the tips of cross country skis to make my own. I'm not 100% how the prod is held in place in the photo, or in the series of photos this pic is taken from. Anyone have any guesses? Thanks in advance for any and all help!
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    Re: Plans and materials for my first build

    Post by Geezer on Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:25 am

    Delrin will work fine for your nut.  I have used it successfully for many-many shots on bows up to @ 200 lb, though most of my stuff is 70-150 lb.
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    Re: Plans and materials for my first build

    Post by chilihook on Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:09 pm

    Good to know, thanks Geezer.

    I tried to post a picture  of my planned trigger assembly but the site said that I need to wait 7 days before I can posted a site-hosted image. So I will post that image when I am able to!

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    Re: Plans and materials for my first build

    Post by chilihook on Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:36 am

    Plan of the design of the trigger I have in mind.


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