First, a little about me. I work as a blacksmith/ whitesmith and many other things at my job restoring and reproducing 17th century hardware. As a hobby in my spare time i am also a bladesmith. I am a fast learner, and good with my hands, which has allowed me to pick up new skills very readily. I have never had any official training besides just "doing it" and research.
A few months ago i saw a mini 4" crossbow online and said, "hey thats cool.. i bet i can do that." So i did, and now.. now i want to build a medieval styled full size bow.
I picked up a 3x3x3 red oak board at Lowes, and after much research i started on it this past Friday. I am planning on making a crossbow at around a 200 + lb draw, as i want to take it out hunting eventually. So far I have the roller nut and its reinforced socket built and set almost flush into the red oak post. I also have the trigger lever slot drilled, the lever set in place and tested the whole thing for functionality. I need to mill the slot for the bolt to rest in and i may trim the sides back so the tiller is not so wide. After that, i plan on purchasing the prod and bow irons. I could make them, but i figured for my first crossbow i would rather be safe than sorry, and get it professionally done. On that note, I was planning on ordering the parts from alchem, are they still in business?
Sorry for such a large introduction, I hope to learn a lot from everyone here as i progress with this project! Hope you all have a good evening. I shall finish this up with the few pictures i have so far.