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    Post by munshado2001 on Sun Aug 21, 2011 2:35 am

    Greetings. I am looking for any recommendations or thoughts on types of wood to use for stocks and also ideas on where to buy or how to make the nut and lever assemblies for central european styles crossbows from the 1400's. Also in your opinions, what is better for the prods, wood/composite,horn, composite or metal and if metal what type is best as I have seen both steel and aluminum prods







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    Post by Todd the archer on Sun Aug 21, 2011 5:37 am

    I have used walnut for my stocks, but am sure most any hardwood would work although open grain woods like oak may not finish out as smooth. If you look at the right sidebar of the web page you will find a link for Alchem Inc.. They sell crossbow components They also produce steel prods. As to which kind of prod is best depends on your needs. Steel being probably more authentic and much more obtainable compare to a horn/sinew composite prod. Not aware of anyone selling these and you would likely have to make yourself. You can get solid fiberglass prods but are limited to what is available in poundage. I have no experience with aluminum prods but believe they are only made for light draw weight use. Then there are the fiberglass/wood composite prods which tend to be longer in length but handle longer drawlengths. They are very pretty and somewhat more expensive. When used with a longer draw their performance is awsome. Hope this helps.



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    Post by 8fingers on Sun Aug 21, 2011 3:51 pm

    http://www.stickbow.com/features/index.cfm?feature=bowbuilding

    This website has great info on making laminated traditional bows. I use draw length X2.2 to determine length of a bow nock to nock. Has enough of a fudge factor to keep you safe or shorten a little to increase draw weight.
    Materials are available from https://rudderbowsarchery.com/shopping/
    http://www.3riversarchery.com/Bow+Building_c49_s0_p0_cat.html
    http://www.binghamprojects.com/search.php
    I like the video " Hunting the Bamboo Backed Bow" by Dean Torges as it has some tips on making a simple bow form, and how to make a toothing plane which is real handy if you build composite prods / bows.

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    Post by munshado2001 on Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:42 pm

    Thanks for the info Todd and 8fingers .I really appreciate it. I am gonna be offline for a week or so and am planning to start on my first crossbow during that time hope to have pics to share as I progress.





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