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    Post by MrNockers on Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:42 pm

    Hey guys! first off hello everybody! i apologize in advance for my absolute noobiness, im definately no engineer or master woodworker, just a youngling with a passion for making things medieval, and im hoping to learn lots.

    Ive been lurking in the shadows here for a while looking around for information before i start my very first crossbow, and although ive ordered all of my supplies ive come across some issues.

    Ive done a rough wood copy of the bow im making, which i think was a success, but i didnt have any parts when i made it, I was just following the Alchem plans, so Im not sure if it is actually a success or not... it just looks good Laughing.

    before i even touch my Oak or Ash pieces of wood (havent decided which i want to use yet. any suggestions?) i want to clear these issues/worries up so here they are...

    1) when i follow the plans for the front end of the crossbow, the area i attach the prod too is supposed to be cut 1 3/4" it says, but that leaves a lot of space above and below the prod... is this supposed to have space? or do i need to make my own mesurements to make it a tighter fit? I ordered model #2316 from alchem if it helps... it just seems too small for the measurements given.

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    2) i have bow irons, but i am unsure about how to properly install them.. not how to actually attach them to the bow, but things like how tight should they be holding the prod? should it be so tight that i can just barely get the bow irons on? or should it just be snug?

    if my explanations dont make sense i can post pictures of what ive done so far to let you guys know. thanks in advance!

    sorry for all of the amateur easy questions tongue surprisingly i understand the more difficult parts of making one, its just these 2 simple things are driving me up the wall
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    Re: Hello from the Great White North!

    Post by Todd the archer on Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:25 am

    Welcome, pictures are always nice to see. I would notch the front of the tiller to the size of the prod. As for using bow irons I don't have experience with them. Maybe Geezer or someone else will respond.



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    Re: Hello from the Great White North!

    Post by Geezer on Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:21 am

    Hello Mrnockers: Geezer here with some answers.
    First: the prod-socket should be tight around around the prod (bowstave) Any slack in the system will let it work loose faster than otherwise.
    Second: You need a keyway through the stock to fit the wedges and keepers that came with your Alchem bow-irons (if Alchem's pattern isn't specific enough, get Payne Gallwey's "The Crossbow" or "The Book of the Crossbow" He has good illustrations of properly fitted bow-irons.
    anyway, once the bow-irons are fitted to the prod, you must drive the wedges in Very-very hard, so the prod is quite immovable. How hard? Use a hammer, or better yet, two hammers from opposite sides. If you manage to crack the stock, you're putting them in too tight. Of course you checked to see the prod was perfectly centered and square, didn't you? Well if not, tap on the pointy ends of the wedges to drive them back out, square everything up, and try again. After shooting a few times, give your wedges a few taps to make sure they're still tight. After a hundred shots or so, they oughta stay tight indefinitely.
    There, does that help? Any other questions? GEezer.
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    Re: Hello from the Great White North!

    Post by Basilisk120 on Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:21 pm

    Hello and Welcome MrNockers. Looks like your getting some good advice from knowledgeable people.



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