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 .
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.
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 surprisingly i understand the more difficult parts of making one, its just these 2 simple things are driving me up the wall