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    Post by stuckinthemud1 Sat Dec 26, 2020 12:47 pm

    Hi Everyone,  I'm building a new bench and would like to incorporate a spanning mechanism of some sort as my main interest is building wooden prods: would be glad of some design ideas
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    Post by lyonsmayne Sat Jan 02, 2021 10:26 am

    Happy New Year. You can set up a stationary cranequin or a goats foot lever. Maybe if you put the crossbow in a crate and put a dowel thru the crate so it can be spanned despite the crossbow not designed for the goats foot. Let us know what you come up with.
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    Post by Gnome Sun Jan 03, 2021 3:44 pm

    Are you going to use the spanning mechanism to tiller your wooden prods, or just to string them? I would think that would be a similar function. I have a rig I like a lot, it is essentially a heavy wooden cross mounted to a steel tool stand with a base plate. There are 1.5" oak dowels set into the arms to brace the ends of the prod, and I use a small scissor jack on the base to crank up the tiller until the prod is flexed enough to string. I strap the tiller to the upright of the cross to avoid dramatic accidents, and use a scrap of 1/4" board to leave enough of a gap between tiller and cross to fit the string. Let me know if that is hard to visualize, I can post an image if you are interested.
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    Post by drawknife Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:37 pm

    Payne Gallway has a description of a spanning bench in his book. He uses a bastard string with 2 fittings on the end to fix to the limb ends just befor the nocks and pulls it back with a cranequin.
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    Post by septua Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:11 am

    https://thearbalistguild.forumotion.com/t1322-worm-drive-bow-press#12515
    This setup also works with the crossbow assembled.
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    Post by stuckinthemud1 Fri Jan 08, 2021 1:07 pm

    Thanks guys, I need a set-up for tillering rather than stringing, though the two things are not really very different.  Some great ideas there, lots to think about

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