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    Post by Frode Fri Jul 08, 2011 6:04 pm

    Hi all,
    Well, after a shakedown cruise, note taking, and a change of prod, here is number two. Client and I referred to the first one (https://thearbalistguild.forumotion.com/t348-my-first-try) as Mk I, because it had so many known issues/changes (wooden trigger, artificial sinew trigger binding, etc.). Clients wife, for whom the bow is intended, requested a 60#@14" prod, slightly lighter than the first version.
    Specs, Elk Ridge Archery wood and glass prod, 60#@14", 33" ntn, unstrung (stringing seems to be a two person job with the provided stringer, so that'll wait till delivery). 31" length saddle to butt, beech, constructed in halves and glued together (thanks for the beveling tip, Basilisk120 Smile ). Hand forged trigger lever (right out at the hairy edge of my beginners blacksmithing "skills" Shocked ), steel clip and stirrup.
    Finished with a orange/beeswax/carnuba paste to a satin finish.
    Thanks, and as always, I profit from your observations!
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    Post by Todd the archer Fri Jul 08, 2011 8:15 pm

    Looks good!

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    Post by Basilisk120 Fri Jul 08, 2011 8:46 pm

    That looks good, I approve Razz I like the offset clip, that's clever.

    Glad to hear that my off the cuff comment about beveling the edges paid off.

    Hopefully it shoots as good as it looks.
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    Post by Frode Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:12 pm

    Thanks Todd and Basilisk,
    We'll find out Wednesday!
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    Post by helgivarr Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:44 pm

    I really like the trigger on the mark 2, how easy is the let off? :DSWEET!
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    Post by Frode Mon Jul 25, 2011 7:21 pm

    Sorry for the silence, hot weather, bunch of things to get done, etc.
    Well, I'd have to say I'm happy with it (Mk II), given my lack of shooting experience. It shoots fast and smooth, and while most of that is in the prod, I find the thing comfortable to use. More importantly, the new owner liked it, so, double plus good, heheh.
    @helgivarr, thanks! There's enough restistance to keep everything safely in place while handling, but the trigger is light enough that you don't end up moving all around pulling it down. I don't know how to describe it exactly... it's easy to fire, but you do have to do it on purpose.
    I may have to get one of these for myself Laughing.
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    Post by Basilisk120 Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:06 pm

    Glad to hear it shoots well and it is what the new owner wants. Very Happy



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    Post by Archer46176 Tue Jul 26, 2011 6:18 pm

    Looks cool, I am invisioning my first one to look similar... I am soaking up as much as I can from everywhere I can in hopes of making the projects go well. I would have rather started with the medievel style myself but I have been coherced into attempting the more modern style by my cousin and his son...lol... Does the trigger system you went with work well? I have seen them before but i wasn't sure how good those style triggers were. The crossbow looks great hope to see more from ya.

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    Post by Frode Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:12 pm

    Thanks Paul!
    This trigger seems to work pretty well. It was specifically requested by the client, who'd had maintenance and performance issues with a previous roller nut/under trigger bow. She wanted something simple and (hopefully) more resistant to jamming and mis-firing. I understand that there are trade offs with this style versus roller nut bows, but I'll have to let greater minds than mine give a good explanation. The trigger lever is longer than others of this type that I've started seeing around, and I think that gives it a smoother action than a short lever, but I'm sure that's subjective.
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    Post by Ivo Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:30 pm

    Metal parts...love and hate relationship with them, but a strict order to "live long" is worth it.

    Great job on the improvements...and I second Basilisk, you deserve one for yourself too. Smile

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    PS: Am I seeing things or did you even add the owner's initials to the thumb plate on that trigger? cyclops
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    Post by Frode Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:15 pm

    Thanks Ivo!
    Unfortunately, those are just left over surface irregularities from my novice smithing. As you mention it, a nice monogram would hide the blemish, wouldn't it, heheh. Ah well, next time...
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    Post by Ivo Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:14 pm

    a nice monogram would hide the blemish, wouldn't it, heheh.

    I wish I had a picture, but I once etched my initials into a blade in chemistry class...*secretly of course and with complete disregard to the possibility of burning a hole in my leg that served as the work station... Mark II ...or, my second go at it. 118282...I'm crazy don't listen to me * SO...the tech went like this cyclops :
    You write whatever you want etched on a piece of scotch tape, then use exacto knife to cut out your design...stick the tape on the part(it will act as a mask leaving only the cut out shapes exposed)...and drip acid onto the exposed area...wait till acid eats away some metal...and neutralize the acid. After you clean up the piece and peal the tape off, you will get a nicely etched design. Smile
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    Post by Frode Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:32 pm

    Heheh, wish I could tell you I've never done anything like that, Ivo. I wish I could.
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