Hi Tim and Welcome to the forum!
Yes Crossbows are consuming and "building crossbows" is addictive!...you've been warned!
Jokes aside, glad to see you jump in and I'm sure that project of yours will get rolling smoothly with our group at your side. We just started putting together a Wiki on Crossbow Building and Basileus
(founder & curator of the Wiki) has already put in a good load of info, so make sure to give it a look. (Link
By the way...New World Arbalest gang is here too, Geezer(David) and Lightly always show up with fantastic tips and showing off their quality craftsmanship. It seems they are at an SCA event right now, but I'm sure they appreciate your good word on their crossbow.Ivo