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

Latest topics

» Binding on the stirrup
by stuckinthemud1 Today at 3:28 pm

» yew and sinew prod help needed
by stuckinthemud1 Today at 2:44 pm

» horn inlay and veneer
by OrienM Yesterday at 8:44 pm

» Trouble with my Gafa
by Geezer Yesterday at 12:31 pm

» Presentation
by c sitas Wed May 23, 2018 4:31 pm

» My latest crossbow
by drawknife Tue May 22, 2018 3:13 pm

» Medieval composite bows
by Dark Factor Mon May 21, 2018 12:46 pm

» The Arbalist Guild - Around the World
by stuckinthemud1 Sun May 20, 2018 5:32 am

» angles and rivets
by Geezer Fri May 18, 2018 1:16 pm

» morticed nut blocks
by Dark Factor Wed May 16, 2018 12:02 pm

» Crossbow triggers
by Croftage Mon May 14, 2018 1:41 pm

» Cocking lever
by c sitas Fri May 11, 2018 8:09 am

» Late roman crossbow
by Dark Factor Wed May 09, 2018 10:27 am

» For Sale: Masai Crossbow
by TonyU Tue May 08, 2018 6:35 am

» Powermaster Madness
by Archer46176 Sun May 06, 2018 8:08 pm

» Fast loading crossbow
by septua Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:22 am

» lashing a glass prod in raw hide?
by kenh Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:00 am

» Balestra Veloce / Leonardo DaVinci
by msalazar2310 Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:37 am

» Goats Foot Lever
by Geezer Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:42 pm

» Hickory and Ipe 180lb flatbow
by actionbow Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:56 pm

» goat foot questions.
by Geezer Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:26 am

» Prod questions....
by Geezer Mon Apr 09, 2018 10:58 pm

» convert compound cross bow to ball shooter
by kenh Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:34 am

» Skane Lockbow replica (and making of)
by actionbow Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:10 am

» String traps bolt to tiller when loosed
by Geezer Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:36 am


    Bridle hole distance

    Share
    avatar
    jds6
    Workshop Savvy

    Did you see my tool collection?


    Workshop SavvyDid you see my tool collection?

    Posts : 197
    Join date : 2011-10-18
    Age : 55
    Location : Dallas,TX

    Bridle hole distance

    Post by jds6 on Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:38 pm

    hey guys, starting my second build, and I have a question that I seem not to find a good answer for. What is the proper distance for the bridle hole from the prod mounting? Thanks in advance

    jds6
    avatar
    Geezer
    Master Crossbowyer
    Master Crossbowyer

    Posts : 1012
    Join date : 2010-01-12
    Age : 70
    Location : Austin, Texas, USA

    Re: Bridle hole distance

    Post by Geezer on Sat Mar 24, 2012 6:37 am

    Geezer here re bridle hole distance: I generally cut the bridle-hole so the face of the 'D'- shaped passage is 3.5 inches from the belly of the prod. That gives me plenty of space to cinch-up the 'V' of bridle in the tightening process. Period practice generally shows a little less distance... perhaps 3 inches. It's not terribly important which you do, but if you cut it way-down, to say and inch and a half, you don't get enough squeeze-factor to get the prod really tight.
    And while I'm on the subject, I recommend you use a big hank of cord for the bridle... don't go cheap and cheesy. Real medieval bows have plenty of bridle-cord. These days I'm using 3 mm hemp twine... about 4 fathoms (@ 24 feet) of cord to bind the prod and another two fathoms for the stirrup. That gives me a nice medieval-looking lump of bridle. I can get that much bridle-cord through a 3/4 inch hole that's 'D'd out at the front. If the hole was just round, I would make it a 7/8 inch hole.
    Does that help? Geezer
    avatar
    jds6
    Workshop Savvy

    Did you see my tool collection?


    Workshop SavvyDid you see my tool collection?

    Posts : 197
    Join date : 2011-10-18
    Age : 55
    Location : Dallas,TX

    Re: Bridle hole distance

    Post by jds6 on Sat Mar 24, 2012 7:25 am

    Thanks Geezer, I had the hole premarked at about 2 3/4" centered from prod belly. How about the distance from the top of the table to center of hole? I have the mark about center of prod, or does it need to be a hair lower?

    Jds6
    avatar
    Geezer
    Master Crossbowyer
    Master Crossbowyer

    Posts : 1012
    Join date : 2010-01-12
    Age : 70
    Location : Austin, Texas, USA

    Re: Bridle hole distance

    Post by Geezer on Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:08 am

    About prod-center will work fine. Some medieval bows have the hole slightly above prod-center. Geezer.
    avatar
    jds6
    Workshop Savvy

    Did you see my tool collection?


    Workshop SavvyDid you see my tool collection?

    Posts : 197
    Join date : 2011-10-18
    Age : 55
    Location : Dallas,TX

    Re: Bridle hole distance

    Post by jds6 on Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:30 am

    Thanks once again Geezer for your insight on these matters. The knowledge gained will surely be used for future builds.

    jds6
    avatar
    mac
    Master Weaponsmith
    Master Weaponsmith

    Posts : 560
    Join date : 2010-12-23
    Location : Near Philly USA

    Re: Bridle hole distance

    Post by mac on Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:57 pm

    Jds6,

    In my opinion, most modern makers put the hole too far from the prod. Have a look at some authentic pieces and try to do what they did.

    Trust our ancestors. They worked all the details out for us already.

    Mac

    Sponsored content

    Re: Bridle hole distance

    Post by Sponsored content


      Current date/time is Fri May 25, 2018 4:40 pm