I have been looking at some drop in triggers (locks?) but have decided they look too modern for my taste so I guess I will try my hand at building my own. I am leaning towards a traditional crossbow nut with a two axle trigger (I think I got that right). It will have a trigger that actuates a transfer bar that will engage with the nut. That's about as complicated as I want to get.
I have questions about the nut material and size. I read a few posts where they talk about a nut that is 1.5 inches in diameter. Is that standard? I have some elk antler but I don't think I could turn anything bigger than 1.25 inches in diameter with it. How big are your nuts? (this is just too easy!)
I could always make the nut out of wood. I saw reference to wood nuts in some of the posts. If so, what kind of wood would you recommend? I was thinking hard maple or iron wood (Hop hornbeam). The latter is said to be some of the hardest domestic hardwood in the country. I know from experience it is some very tough wood... almost impossible to split and hard on the chainsaw blades.
I am looking at a bow in the 150 lb range with glass or steel prod.