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    Post by stuckinthemud1 Mon Apr 03, 2023 12:08 pm

    I am building a heavy (for me) crossbow lath from yew.  Maybe 300lb, maybe less, could be more. Anyone able to recommend a weighing scale so I can find it’s draw weight?  Also, I need to make or buy some kind of stringer.  Any ideas?
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    Post by kenh Mon Apr 03, 2023 4:09 pm

    The prod in my Avatar draws a bit over 280#.  I strapped it to my garage ceiling beam, and  attached a slightly long, very strong string, Then I dangled my 210# from that and the prod barely bent.  So I borrowed some weightlifting weights, and started at 220# adding weights until the prod bent enough to put on the massive string that I'd had made to give me the "fistmele" I wanted.  Once that was on, I repeated the process 5 pounds at a time until it reached my designed full draw.   Don't have a garage with a ceiling beam?  Find a big tree with heavy branches, and chain the prod up close to the trunk.
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    Post by stuckinthemud1 Thu Apr 06, 2023 11:55 am

    Thanks Ken, think I need a bigger rope, my 10mm nylon rope is stretching and stretching under load. First inch of tip movement takes 70lb and I   can’t get the prod to go past about 6” of string movement, 1.5” tip movement, before the rope deforms and the lath stops moving
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    Post by kenh Thu Apr 06, 2023 8:38 pm

    Yeah, nylon rope, especially the twisted kind, is about as stretchy as a rubber band.  Get a piece of 8mm or 12mm hemp rope.  Or if you know a boater, get a length of braided halyard or other sheet line.

    Or if you have the materials to make bowstrings, make up one based on your SWAG draw weight.  Scientific Wild Ass Guess...
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    Post by stuckinthemud1 Thu Apr 20, 2023 2:19 pm

    So, my village blacksmith is up for helping, he has a 100kg crane scales.  He can’t see how a yew bow can be heavier than that.  I Think he’s in for a surprise.  Hopefully he has a few heavy things to weigh and put in a basket 😀
    I’ve started laying out a 25 loop endless loop linen string, so 50 strands except for the nock loops that are 25 strand but I will cock-comb them to put in a bit of strengthening. Just hope it’s man enough BUT How do I string it? Seriously. Need a stringer, last time I tried rope loops they just slid along the limbs.  Any ideas?
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    Post by hullutiedemies Tue Apr 25, 2023 1:57 pm

    Slipknot noose will not slide down. And if other end of bastard string is over the main string, it can be opened and removed afterwards.
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    The bastard string here is cheap polypropylene monofilament. It does not stretch as much as the more expensive braided plastic ropes.
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    Post by stuckinthemud1 Tue Apr 25, 2023 2:41 pm

    Thank you, I will try that straight away.  Interesting photo you posted. Can I ask what the wooden piece attached to the lath is for?
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    Post by hullutiedemies Wed Apr 26, 2023 1:07 am

    stuckinthemud1 wrote: Can I ask what the wooden piece attached to the lath is for?

    Mainly for peace of mind. The stave was a hair thinner than it should have been at the middle.
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    Post by stuckinthemud1 Wed Apr 26, 2023 1:10 am

    I like it, kinda like a Penbscot bow in some respects

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