I am going to be using my existing hardware off my first crossbow. The tiller will be replaced, and it will also get bow irons this time instead of a bridle.
For the tiller I came into a huge amount of maple that is just begging to be made into something. Here is the piece I chose. It is the large log right in the center just above that split piece.
It measures about 3' long and about 8" diameter. I have it roughed (really rough) out right now and should have something that slightly resembles a proper tiller after this weekend if the holidays don't keep me to busy.
I finally have my forge up and running and a decent coal supply so I plan on starting the bow irons sometime next week. Right now in keeping with my cheapskate mentality they will probably be made out of some RR spikes I have laying around.
If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them. Thanks for reading and I will be updating as I go.