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    Post by Todd the archer Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:55 pm

    Started building another crossbow, something different than medieval or modern.



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    Post by juancheco Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:11 pm

    Hi Todd! I am very pleased to see that you've gone over to the a bit more modern crossbows. Knowing your work, I´ve no doubt that this will also be excellent!
    And following the game, more tracks please! By this one, I can said that is a piece made by Aluminium casting, and then add some file work....I´m right?
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    Post by Basilisk120 Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:15 pm

    Ooh now I'm all curious. Smile But what ever it is going to be it looks like its off to a good start.



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    Post by Todd the archer Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:24 pm

    Not quite, That is steel made the hard way using a hacksaw (hand, not powered) files and a little with a bench grinder.



    Here is another picture showing the devopement process using thin plywood. Many one step forward and two backwards.

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    By the way Jaun were not you building a medieval back in March, how is that going?
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    Post by Geezer Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:40 pm

    Hey Todd, your new project looks great so far.
    For those of you not in the know, this is a 'claplock' They date as early as mid 16th century, but given the shape of the template, this one looks more like 18th or 19th century. Whatever, claplocks were very popular for moderate-weight crossbows throughout Europe, but particularly in German principalities.
    I'm interested to see how this progresses. Geezer
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    Post by Todd the archer Wed Aug 17, 2011 5:13 pm

    Geezer has called it.



    Here are some pictures of the release mechanism in actual form:

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    Notice the double set trigger assembly, it is a single phase type which means the crossbow can only be shot after the rear trigger is set.

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    Post by Todd the archer Wed Aug 17, 2011 5:17 pm

    And here is a picture of the stock roughed out:

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    Like Geezer mentioned it is a later style perhaps late 1800's.



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    Post by Ivo Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:14 pm

    Haha, I was wondering when you would try your hand at that mech. Didn't expect you would add so much from yourself, but that's what great about it, ey? Smile

    Looks awesome, loving every bit of it man (even that little repair you did on the clap lock itself Wink ).

    A small suggestion if you see it fit...that spring...perhaps a small torsion spring will do the job without wiggling like a snake. Can you see what I'm talking about?

    Anyways...Best of luck to you on this one. Can't wait to see how it turns out, but also willing to. drunken

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    Post by juancheco Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:31 pm

    Todd! I agree with Ivo, is a great job you are doing out there! As for my own work with my crossbow, work obligations forced me to keep it frozen for a while, until the exhibition season pass here in Argentina. After that, I hope to continue it, specifically the work of engraving on wood. Upload some pictures soon so you can see what their current status is.
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    Post by Todd the archer Tue Sep 27, 2011 6:40 pm

    Here is an update on my progress. I have been busy at work so not much time to work on my project. Here is a picture of the stock so far.



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    Working on the sighting system now will post more pics



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    Post by Basilisk120 Tue Sep 27, 2011 10:32 pm

    Wow, that is going to look really nice when its done.

    Were did you get the brass butt plate?



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    Post by Todd the archer Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:17 am

    Thanks, I got the "gun" parts from Track of the Wolf a muzzleloader supply house. They include the brass buttplate, brass trigger gaurd, and set trigger assembly. It is also going to have a brass cover plates where the prod is mounted. The sights and stirrup are going to be flat black.



    Ordered a prod from Elk Ridge Archery, should be here in a few days.



    Should also mention the bearing lug for the string is made from Corian.



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    Post by Basilisk120 Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:27 pm

    Thought it might have come from Track of the wolf.
    Still looking forward to seeing it completed



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    Post by Ivo Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:44 am

    She's a beauty, Todd. Smile

    I like the brass hardware and the classic shoulder stock. Definitely deserves some checkering and maybe even (if you got some one good) a nice hunting scene carve job. drunken

    How heavy are you planning on making it, it's a hunter right?

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    Post by Todd the archer Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:45 pm

    Thanks guys, the prod is 155 pounds @ 15" drawlength. The prod was an in stock item and got it in two days!! How is that for service!?



    Definitely going to be used for hunting. Hence the simple lines nothing too pretty that I would not want to take into the woods.



    Kind of a cross between a schutzen and a hawken stylings.



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    Post by Phil Abrahams Sun Oct 02, 2011 2:08 pm

    I can't wait to see this bow when completed as i can see myself it is going to be a very nice piece of hunting kit,nice one Todd.
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    Post by Todd the archer Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:08 pm

    Thanks Phil, starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. As I work on it in my spare time it is taking a while. although I think I will be finished in about two more weeks.



    Would like to add the stuff you build is pretty awesome too!



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    Post by Phil Abrahams Mon Oct 03, 2011 4:20 pm

    These thing's take a lot of patience and time to get right but it is brilliant when it all come's together and it make's it all worth it especially when you can do successful target shooting or hunting with that crossbow that is crafted individually by one' self, thank's for the appreciation of my work and there are great crossbow maker's on here,i loved that medieval bow you made it was very cool.I want to make a full on medieval crossbow as they are just great and fun to shoot,i used to make very simple miniature's a while ago and we used to shoot target's with them at work in lunch hour and they were quite powerful,the prod's were made from very stiff springy darvic plastic and the bolt's were made from short welding rod piece's with a tape fletch.Anyway looking forward to seeing your latest project,regard's, Phil.
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    Post by Todd the archer Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:04 pm

    More progress, I am practically done except final sanding and applying the finish. Did take it out and shoot it a half dozen times. Was not sure if it was going to work as I hoped, but it worked perfectly!

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    Here is a closer look at the rear sight and release

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    I am eager to put the final finishing touches!



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    Post by Regerald Sun Oct 16, 2011 11:22 am

    Very nice crossbow, and very sophisticated and well-assembled lock Smile
    What prod is made of? How do you tight a prod in its place?
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    Post by Todd the archer Sun Oct 16, 2011 12:11 pm

    Thank you, the prod is laminated wood and fiberglass from elk ridge archery. It is held in place with two opposing wedges which are kept in place by the brass plates.

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    Post by SoBored Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:37 pm

    That's looking real good Todd! I like the Hawken style and fittings. I can't find prods on Elk Ridge Archery's website? Can you please post a link if you know of one?

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    Post by Todd the archer Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:46 pm

    Thanks Tim. Go to their home page click on the links on the left side of the page that's labeled adult bows. You should find them half way down the page.



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    Post by Basilisk120 Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:47 pm

    SoBored wrote:That's looking real good Todd! I like the Hawken style and fittings. I can't find prods on Elk Ridge Archery's website? Can you please post a link if you know of one?

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    Thanks guys, I found it! Nice looking prods.

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