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    My second crossbow

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    Post by Daniel Levesque Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:32 pm

    Hello everyone,

    Just posting some photos of my second build. it is an sinew backed hickory prod 30" ntn and braced at 4 inches, the draw length is 9 inches. Only the bottom edge is tapered, the top is flat. The tiller is ebony (quite heavy and I don't feel any recoil at all). I don't know the exact draw weight yet but it is A LOT tougher to wind back than my first crossbow which was 160 pounds. The roller nut is african blackwood with a metal seer.

    Lemme know what you guys think of it.

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    Post by Anatine Duo Thu Jun 08, 2017 3:21 am

    I like it.  THe heavier dimensions make it sort of cute in photos even though at 30" ntn it must be fairly large in person
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    Post by Daniel Levesque Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:04 am

    It is quite large indeed but being somewhat large myself, I can handle it Smile

    The stock is 2 inches wide (with some tapering here and there) and 30 inches long as well and 3,5 inches high.
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    Post by c sitas Fri Jun 09, 2017 2:54 pm

    Dan , a beautiful job. Cock it by hand or with help?
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    Post by Onager Lovac Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:53 pm

    Thats awesome dude! X
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    Post by Andy. Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:11 pm

    Sweet chunky unit... love it!

    Would be interesting to know the speed of this crossbow?

    How hard was the ebony to cut and shape?
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    Post by Daniel Levesque Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:14 am

    C Sitas: I can cock it by hand but it's tough (the "I make all these strange sounds when cocking it" kind of though. Would be easier with a belt hook or rope and pulleys which I will probably do.

    Andy : The ebony is HELL to work with... I had to resharpen all my chisels but the product is classy. I don't think I'll work with ebony for a future crossbow though.
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    Post by Geezer Mon Jun 12, 2017 4:08 pm

    Yup, working ebony is hard on your tools... almost like working rock.  The same can be said for most rosewoods.  I ONCE made a crossbow stock from Brazilian jacaranda.  It was beautiful, weighed a ton, and I'll never do that again.
    Geezer.  (ps: a lot of these super-hard tropical hardwoods are highly allergenic and even a bit toxic.  Making one project out of rosewood isn't likely to kill you, but don't make a habit of it... even with the best dust/breather gear.
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    Post by Daniel Levesque Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:48 am

    I'm working on a new one right now, a crossbow pistol with a mahogany tiller and fiberglass (feels like I'm cheating a tad though) prod. I'll post some photos quite soon but mahogany works REALLY well with good sharpened chisels.

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