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    Post by tghsmith Wed Mar 17, 2021 6:02 am

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    after lots of evenings of reading have decide that the "crossbow of Matthias Corvinus 1489" will be the design that I will be using as a model. 30" tiller, 24-26" bow, 2 axis lock,, well documented and even an X-ray of the lock.. drawing up plans and gather materials.. calculated the nut size and enlarged the x-ray photo to match, gives me a good pattern of the lock.. wanting to test my new tools with antler, made an arbor and turned a nut blank on the lathe,, set up the boring head in the bench mill and milled a section for the forward nut bearing.. new tools are great!! my holly logs that have been dry for 5 years are spalted and worthless for crossbow needs (they were cut at the worst time) looking at locating a hornbeam billet.. starting a 1400's replica - Page 3 8iuEgGstarting a 1400's replica - Page 3 IhngKr
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    Post by tghsmith Sat May 08, 2021 8:04 am

    transferred the plan lines to the billet. it will be nice to get some of the weight removed. leaving the region around the nut so it will vise up while clearing the voids.. time to get all the chisels, shaves and planes ready for the hornbeam..starting a 1400's replica - Page 3 ZFrQ5q
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    Post by stuckinthemud1 Sun May 09, 2021 3:31 pm

    The most effective tool I have found for hogging off waste on convex curves is a Shinto rasp.  Saw out your profiles then hit it hard with a shinto, or failing that, a big farrier's rasp.  Knocking the curves in with a 1inch no 3 carving gouge can help but clamping the stock down gets really difficult really quickly
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    Post by tghsmith Sun May 09, 2021 5:00 pm

    have them all.. plus a few surforms, have a large farriers rasp that you dont want to grab without gloves on, it has held this sharpness for years,,
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    Post by Geezer Mon May 10, 2021 6:46 pm

    The traditional tool for such stock removal is a spokeshave, either convex or flat. A nice sharp spokeshave is a thing of wonder.  You'll never go back to your shurforms or wood rasps.  Geezer.
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    Post by tghsmith Tue May 11, 2021 6:00 am

    I have several drawknifes and spokeshaves.. some antique, some vintage, some blacksmith made new. always the tools of choice.. using them followed by a scraper steel will give the best surface.. my "extra" hornbeam my be used to make some replacement handles for a few antique wooden shaves I bought cheap because the handles were cracked.. still debating (have been for years) about building a shaving horse.. but it would have to be a knock-down type for storage when not in use..
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    Post by stuckinthemud1 Tue May 11, 2021 12:07 pm

    My antique boxwood spokeshave was a lovely tool to look at and use, my metal spokeshave has never been half so good, no matter how much I tune it.  I have two drawknives two very different tools both a pleasure to use, my problem is rhe constant clamping/unclamping/reclamping.  My personal work style means I find upending the stock on a wood block against a stop and rasping one handed while manipulating the stock with the other is the most efficient way forward for me.
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    Post by tghsmith Tue May 11, 2021 12:58 pm

    I bought a set of plans for the origami folding shaving horse, have most of the materials on hand. also thinking that I have some very nice dogwood that is good and dry and wood make some great handles,, the color doesn't show that well in the photos,starting a 1400's replica - Page 3 CrpOaE

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