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    Post by Rizzar on Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:24 pm

    I spent the last days building a gafa for my bone covered crossbow since I was not able to span it very conveniently due to the lack of a stirrup and pulling 200lbswith the arms is possible, but not for a whole day.

    I soldered, welded and riveted a bit, the parts were mostly cut out, grinded but I did some forging as well to provide even bendings.

    The main part is blackned with burned bees wax, although in the end I would have been happier with blanc finish.

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     After all, I underestimated the efford a bit, but it works very well and is very comfortable to use.

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    Post by chaz on Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:18 pm

    Rizzar,

      VERY NICE INDEED !

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    Post by ZigiMan on Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:22 am

    Really professional work! Look like it came out of a factory rather then handmade...
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    Post by msalazar2310 on Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:11 pm

    I am trying to make my goats foot, are there detailed plans in order to avoid possible errors?
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    Post by Geezer on Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:42 pm

    The pattern for a gafa in Book of the Crossbow (Payne-Gallwey) will work just fine, but you ought to leave out the extra brace between the legs of the long fork.  They won't make the lever any stronger, but may bottom-out at the end of your spanning stroke.  The pic above has eliminated that bit and it should work fine.  Geezer.
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    Post by Arcuballista on Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:47 am

    Looks very good! Do you have to harden the steel?

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