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    Post by Todd the archer Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:30 pm

    Put together a couple more of what I call "working man's crossbows". No frills just a simple yet classic looking crossbow.

    The first has a Walnut tiller that features a shallow knot hole on the side. The prod on this one is of the asian varieties, this one I estimate at 150 pounds.
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    The other has a Walnut tiller as well but displays some sapwood as well giving it some contrast. The prod on this one draws closer to 120 pounds.
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    Selling for 200.00 plus shipping.

    Any question feel free to ask, thanks for looking, Todd


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    Post by kenh Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:12 am

    Nice work, as always, Todd. If I was a working man I'd be in line to buy one. But I survive (sorta) on Social Insecurity Sad Which is why I make my own crossbows and other things.
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    Post by robert.collard.5 Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:07 am

    Hi Todd, Notice slight design changes like: a one piece stirrup, a groove for rope cocker and a taper on the Tiller above the stirrup right where I mounted my front sight. Still, beautiful work and I am sure someone will be well pleased as I am with one of your crossbows.
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    Post by jds6 Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:24 am

    Todd,
    Very nice indeed! One question though, how much time, labor goes in to one of these working man's crossbow?

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    Post by Geezer Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:50 am

    Though I can't say without handling it, the bow pictured would be at least $300 out of my shop, so given the level of craftsmanship that is apparent in the pic, this oughta be a good deal. Geezer
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    Post by Todd the archer Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:56 pm

    Thanks for the compliments everyone.

    Jds6, I did keep rough track of my time. Approximately 15 hours on each one. Raw materials about 50.00. Could put together in less time if I used prefab conponents such as the nut, tickler, and bolt clip which I make from scratch.

    Bob I added the rope cocker notch, I think most will find it usefull.

    Geezer is right, not ever going to get rich at these prices, and not trying to compete with your skill and experience. Just trying to make some money for future projects (a horn/sinew hungarian composite bow!)in the works.

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    Post by robert.collard.5 Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:05 pm

    Todd the archer wrote:Thanks for the compliments everyone.

    Bob I added the rope cocker notch, I think most will find it usefull.

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    When I put mine in the middle like yours it put more strain on the rope, rubbing against the Tiller. I soon added another groove higher up and get better results. Just something to consider.
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    Post by Todd the archer Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:47 pm

    Thanks for the advice Bob, These tillers are straight along the the top where as yours I believe has some "drop" on the handle end (which makes for easier aiming if not using sights), so the grooves on these are naturally a little higher than yours.

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    Post by robert.collard.5 Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:26 pm

    Todd the archer wrote:Thanks for the advice Bob, These tillers are straight along the the top where as yours I believe has some "drop" on the handle end (which makes for easier aiming if not using sights), so the grooves on these are naturally a little higher than yours.

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    Hey, I did not notice until I looked at this picture. The drop is noticeable.
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    Post by Stonedog Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:19 am

    Todd-

    I really like your working man's crossbows.....I enjoy the simplicity. Simple things, that are quality, without the bells and whistles are (for me) the best!
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    Post by Todd the archer Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:41 pm

    Just an update.
    I had some time to put them through the chrony, here are the numbers:
    Both were shot with the same 446 grain bolt.
    120 pound* crossbow with sapwood on the tiller--- 197 fps
    150 pound* crossbow with knot hole on the tiller--- 212 fps
    * poundages are approximate.
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