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    Post by SlingerDave on Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:03 am

    Hi guys, I have been interested in constructing medieval crossbows for awhile now (Gallwey's book has found a home away from home from the local library), and I can now say I have began my first build. It is a group effort with my brother, friend and myself.
     




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    Post by OrienM on Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:32 am

    Way to go! Nice work on the bow, and I sure like seeing that young people are still learning traditional shop skills (I actually teach hand-tool woodworking at a local high school, a really fun job!). Enjoy your new crossbow, and I look forward to more from you guys.
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    Post by c sitas on Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:10 am

    Hello Slinger and company. Great job on the assembly so far. 
    You sure appear to have the talent for this stuff. Keep that young blood stirred up, that's our future. Things are really looking good. How many pounds pull is your prod? Oh, by the way ,  Welcome to the forum. I'm sure you'll like it here.If you don't know it already ,there are experts on just about any field here abouts. If your not satisfied with your information, just keep asking , someone will notice you.
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    Post by SlingerDave on Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:38 am

    Thank you for the warm welcome fellas. @ c sitas the prod is an alchem prod listed in the 125-145 lb. range, but the number 155 is written on it, which I believe is closer to the actual draw draw.
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    Post by c sitas on Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:50 am

    Slinger ; will you pull it by hand, or make a tool to aid you. I'm an old guy and use a crank a lot. A goats foot works fine also, but it takes a little more arm .A lot of factory stuff use a rope.
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    Post by SlingerDave on Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:18 pm

    We have forged out a hook for a belt and claw, but we finished the crossbow yesterday, made four impromptu bolts with some hand forged bodkins, spanned the prod by hand, and lost all the bolts after an hour's worth of shooting Very Happy(to be fair it was an hour after sundown). We are hooked!!! Expect a video soon enough,but first some proper bolts must be fabricated.

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