I'm pretty pleased with the design and build quality generally, but there's a few kinks I need to iron out before I call this one done.
The prod is from Slobows, the "SB BB": 3.5" brace height and 11" powerstroke, rated at 165 pounds. It's over 31 inches wide spanned, compared to less than 28 for the more typical steel prod from Alchem or Slobows, so it seems a bit of a monster compared to my previous builds.
The main wood is Cherry, with accent pieces of Laurel. I really was focused on trying to keep a good balance and not go completely front heavy as is common with steel prods, hence the thick and meaty looking shoulder stock and cord binding. I planned from the start to use a red dot sight, though I have a rear iron sight that mounts to the same rail at the same height as a backup, I just need to come up with a front sight that will work with it.
Black Delrin roller nut, and the trigger mech is the same two-piece action I came up with when I rebuilt my first crossbow recently. It's a long pull, but very smooth and easy.
Didn't get a picture of this trigger mech, but here is a shot of the one it's a copy of:
I'm pretty stuck on brass bolt tracks by now, but a new feature for me is accomodation for commercial, triple vaned crossbow arrows. This prod has enough upsweep in the tips to allow for a generous slot to be cut for the cock feather. The bolt track is made from two brass angle sections, screwed and epoxied to the stock halves before they were glued together.
I thought the plate of Laurel on the butt of the stock looks particularly nice. I played with the idea of making the stock hollow for keeping spare strings and batteries and wax and whatnot, maybe I'll try that on version 2.0
Here's where it gets a bit weird. I wanted the light weight of a cord binding, but I also wanted to be able to mount and unmount the prod quickly and with basic or no tools. This is what I came up with, given the materials I had on hand. It works pretty well, but I'm not in love with the look of it, and I'll need to do some field testing to see if it is sturdy and durable enough for long term use. If not I may convert to a more standard and permanent cord binding.