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    Hello from Southern California

    Post by theyoungXbow on Fri May 27, 2011 7:41 pm

    Well my name is Anthony and I love making crossbows. One odd thing about me is that I prefer making crossbows than shooting them scratch . Oh and I am 13 years old about to be 14 cheers

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    Re: Hello from Southern California

    Post by jake-owa on Fri May 27, 2011 10:59 pm

    Awesome, welcome to your new home away from home.

    Pics of any of your stuff would be really great. I love crossbows of all kinds.

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    Re: Hello from Southern California

    Post by theyoungXbow on Sat May 28, 2011 9:54 am

    Very Happy Thanks for replying . At the moment Im working on a rifle stock crossbow.Its almost complete I just need a stirup (which will be made of some type of thick string for looks).I also need new string for the bow and a bit shaping on the stock. I horribly messed up my crossbow pale By drilling a hole where the finger grooves were being placed and now I have a very large hole near my finger grooves, So I must put a stirup going through there or else my fingergroove would look like a theremometer. None of my crossbows ever come out neatly there very cheaply made but effective.

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    Re: Hello from Southern California

    Post by jake-owa on Sat May 28, 2011 10:11 am

    Well, effective is what counts.

    What about steel cable for your stirrup? What draw weight are you shooting for?

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    Re: Hello from Southern California

    Post by theyoungXbow on Sat May 28, 2011 10:48 am

    Yeah ,steel cable would do the job but I want my crossbow to have an authentic old-school kind of look. Approximately 110 or 120# But I might shorten my Leaf spring for a bit more power around 150#
    Oh yeah I forgot to mention I still need my trigger on the crossbow. The crossbow's trigger area looks very odd because I had a Pin trigger (it pushes the string up)And It was MUCH to hard to shoot.So now I cut a groove inside the trigger area and I need to put a more effective trigger.
    I just need a supplier of metal for that.Where do you get your metal for your trigger?
    Thanks Imma get working right now.

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    Re: Hello from Southern California

    Post by jake-owa on Sat May 28, 2011 11:29 am

    I am working up my trigger with mild steel stock from Lowe's.

    What style trigger are you after? You can add a go between lever to help the push pin. I recommend looking at the trigger designs here to see what suits you most.

    Pics?

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    Re: Hello from Southern California

    Post by theyoungXbow on Sat May 28, 2011 12:10 pm

    Lowe's you said..Hmm..Ill be sure to go there today then Very Happy
    Im planning on doing a simple type of trigger ,It uses the roller nut style trigger and a "L" that pivots for the trigger.
    I would upload photos but I dont own a camera .Sorry
    Ill try to use my sisters camera when she gets home..How do you upload photos? scratch

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    Re: Hello from Southern California

    Post by jake-owa on Sat May 28, 2011 2:07 pm

    Well, you post them somewhere online or in dropbox and paste the html location in your post here. This site doesn't host photos I don't think.

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    Re: Hello from Southern California

    Post by Ivo on Sat May 28, 2011 3:36 pm

    Hi and Welcome Young XBow,

    I was a little hesitant at first on the welcomes(drawing from my experience with my younger brother who is also 13 and surprisingly also Anthony by name Smile ), but so far you are proving my assumptions wrong and I'm glad it's turning out that way...keep it up. Wink

    We would definitely like to see your builds and I did a bit of a tutorial to help with the picture posting question >>>Link

    Jake is right, you can use a picture hosting website like Photobucket.com and then copy an IMG code to your post, and another option is to use the built-in picture hosting option that I explain how to use in the video.

    Triggers are kinda scattered around the forum in peoples builds, so you can just post your build as a new topic in the workshop and we can discuss it there...we're always glad to help out.

    Lastly...I really hope you're not soloing this thing and have an adult watching over your progress. Reason I'm worried is we would really hate it if you got hurt...it is a crazy hobby and sometimes bad things happen. Play safe.

    Again Welcome,

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    Re: Hello from Southern California

    Post by theyoungXbow on Sat May 28, 2011 4:59 pm

    Oh Okay Ill try to do it soon when I get REAL progress,all day I was busy shopping for my Graduation from Junior High to High School clothes.Its really time consuming.
    And thank you for worrying about me,my dad is always with me when Im using dangerous tools,grinder,powered hacksaw,etc
    Quick question:Is it okay If I use metal cable/wire as the string for my crossbow?
    Im planning on putting a metal rail So the wire wont damage the wood. Very Happy

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    Re: Hello from Southern California

    Post by jake-owa on Sat May 28, 2011 7:03 pm

    Most of the home built Russian bows I have seen use steel cabling. I am no expert but I think it could work fine. If you are going to try to shoot dowels you may end up beating the ends up but as long as you design your trigger so the arrow can rest firmly on the string I bet you would be ok.

    Problem with steel cable is the mass. You have to snap that heavier cable up to speed. It probably won't be an issue, just covering all the bases I can think of.

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    Re: Hello from Southern California

    Post by theyoungXbow on Sat May 28, 2011 7:58 pm

    Oh I get you ,my trigger wont let the bolt rest on the string so what If I would put some type of "sear"on the end of my bolt(my bolts are dowels)Just like a ruller nut uses a sear.

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    Re: Hello from Southern California

    Post by jake-owa on Sat May 28, 2011 10:05 pm

    Even with a sear reinforcement you will be striking the arrow, pushing it into a possibly bad trajectory right off the bat. I think the smoothest acceleration you can get would be best. Also, making your own arrows can be tedious. I eventually just forced my bows to accept standard crossbow bolts.

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    Re: Hello from Southern California

    Post by Ivo on Sun May 29, 2011 3:22 am

    Check out Crossbow Building Wiki for information regarding string making. Our friend Basileus did an excellent job on gathering all sorts of information regarding our topic, read through it and most of your questions will be answered. study Wink

    The Wiki can be found in the right side panel > "New member & useful links"

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    Re: Hello from Southern California

    Post by Geezer on Sun May 29, 2011 6:40 am

    Steel cable for crossbow strings?
    Steel cable will work... heck, I've seen iron chain used for crossbow strings, but it's a very-very poor choice. Steel is heavy, and heavy strings hurt performance a LOT. Steel strings are hard, they wear down every part they come in contact with. Steel cable strings STRETCH with use and eventually go flying, but they cannot be twisted down to fit after stretching. They just kink instead.
    So yeah, you can make a bowstring out of steel cable, but honestly, a bit of clothes-line would do a better job.
    LIke the man said, check the links for string-making. I recommend Dacron B-50 for the purpose, but you can make a tolerable (if somewhat stretchy) string out of artificial sinew, available at your local leather-working store.
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    Re: Hello from Southern California

    Post by theyoungXbow on Sun May 29, 2011 10:56 am

    Thank you so much guys! I will make good of your advice.
    Unfortuneatly Im leaving for vacation to go to Mexico.Luckily theres a junk yard in front of my house and its free because we own it ,so ill probaly work on another crossbow over there.Might aswell take advantage of alll the free metal Smile The only challenge will be finding wood suitable for a strong crossbow.
    Thanks guys ill be back on July 16

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    Re: Hello from Southern California

    Post by 8fingers on Sun May 29, 2011 9:25 pm

    Anyway you could take some stock blanks with you?

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