Crossbows - Everything about Building, Modding, and Using your Crossbow Gear

Latest topics

» Crossbow bullet bolt's
by Geezer Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:27 pm

» How close to original would you go
by Geezer Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:30 am

» Skane Lockbow replica (and making of)
by Dark Factor Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:46 am

» Moving the nut lugs forward.
by Dark Factor Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:33 pm

» Bridle length and waxing?
by Geezer Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:08 pm

» Draw length VS. prod length on wood prods
by Dark Factor Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:32 am

» Typical dimensions of late Gothic composite bows
by Dark Factor Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:10 am

» Medieval stirrup crossbow
by Dark Factor Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:55 am

» Reciprocating Saw?
by stuckinthemud1 Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:59 am

» Help Needed with Bullet Crossbow Prod
by Crossbowmen Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:43 pm

» Leaving the prod strung?
by JacobL Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:37 pm

» Crossbow for a 8 year old kid
by Daniel Levesque Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:11 pm

» Chinese carpenter make bed crossbow, earlest repeating crossbow and chu-ko-nu
by c sitas Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:49 pm

» Linen or Hemp String
by kenh Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:47 am

» New member
by Geezer Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:00 pm

» Why the ratchet in Greek gastraphetes can hold on the string force?
by Dark Factor Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:20 pm

» How to calculate potential energy in a compound system?
by Alan Case Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:02 pm

» Nut from a pool que ball?
by chaz Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:46 am

» Great Machines
by rickraedeke Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:32 am

» Crossbow Legality Help (Canada)
by JacobL Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:31 pm

» Adding a steel sear insert?
by fester Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:53 pm

» MISFIRES! ...String passing underneath bolt!
by Anatine Duo Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:18 pm

» Best diameter delrin for nut ?
by Geezer Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:08 pm

» Opinions on this Thing?
by JacobL Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:45 pm

» Ideas and designs for a Crossbow Inside A Pipe?
by JacobL Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:38 pm

    [solved]New member question - Crossbow Dimensions

    Fresh Blood

    Doesn't mean
    I'm new to crossbows

    Fresh Blood Doesn't meanI'm new to crossbows

    Posts : 1
    Join date : 2011-10-13
    Location : Kentucky

    [solved]New member question - Crossbow Dimensions

    Post by on Thu Oct 13, 2011 2:52 pm

    Could you please tell me the dimensions of building a crossbow. I see the pictures but need the dimensions. Or can you tell me where to find them???? Thankyou


    Posts : 1041
    Join date : 2009-11-25
    Age : 29
    Location : NJ, USA

    Re: [solved]New member question - Crossbow Dimensions

    Post by Ivo on Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:31 pm

    I hate to be the one to tell you this, but it's not that easy.

    Crossbows are like cars, they come in many different sizes, shapes, and you'll have to be quite a bit more specific in order to get any good replies.

    As it's said: Questions are good, but good questions yield good answers. Smile

    1. Read up on the forum a little and look through peoples build topics.
    2. Read the Crossbow Building Wiki and other resources (in the New Member&Useful Links panel on the right)
    3. Go through the Crossbow Building Resources forum.
    4. Check out the Crossbow books and video topics.
    5. All in all, just check out the site and look through all the only *looks* big...we're just getting started. Wink

    Now...Just so it doesn't look like I'm trying to get away from answering your question:

    All components of the crossbow are interdependent. Different bows will have different draw lengths, so the location of the trigger mechanism will differ with different bows. Stock anatomy also differs depending on style (period) of the weapon chosen, and of course the anatomy of the shooter(which differs from person to person). So read the forum (make sure to use the Search function) , ask some questions of your own, explore some of the designs you like by mocking them up in scrap materials...and then...before you know'll be set to build a good crossbow. Good Luck!


    * *
    ~ "I don't have any special talents. I'm only passionately curious."
    * * *
    ~ "All Genius is Simple"
    * *
    Workshop Savvy

    Did you see my tool collection?

    Workshop SavvyDid you see my tool collection?

    Posts : 145
    Join date : 2010-11-06

    Re: [solved]New member question - Crossbow Dimensions

    Post by jake-owa on Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:57 pm

    Ivo is dead on. Start with the bow. Buy one, build one, metal, wood, fiberglass, bone, sinew, horn...geez, too many options. Figure it's best draw length for your purposes, design the meat of the bow around that. Figure out your crossbow's trigger catch to bow apex from there and decide how you want to hold it.

    Design it from the ground up and think carefully about every step and you will be greatly rewarded. Or you could just use an Alchemy prod and a pattern for a mideval bow and be perfectly happy. Its all up to you.

    I sugest starting with drawings and read up on Good luck.

    Sponsored content

    Re: [solved]New member question - Crossbow Dimensions

    Post by Sponsored content

      Current date/time is Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:17 pm