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    Post by whiteraven Sun Jun 17, 2012 3:32 pm

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    Ok, so I have gathered a few things and a few ideas. Last night I got some stuff cut out on a laser cutter I have access to (love hackerspaces).

    So first official build part has begun...
    Had this cut out of corrugated cardboard.
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    Post by stoneagebowyer Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:32 pm

    Who cares how long it takes, and more pictures are a good thing. This looks just great. This thing is very gothic and horror-oriented. I just wanted Midnight Meat Train again a few days ago, and the climax to that movie immediately came to mind. If you haven't seen it, go rent it, Clive Barker story set in NY subways.

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    Post by whiteraven Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:40 pm

    So I'm just about finished with the overall design of the receiver group on my crossbow. Once I get it all done and converted to CAD files I'll send it to be cut in 1/8" steel.

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    Post by stoneagebowyer Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:47 am

    Are you using a machine shop for this, and if you don't mind my asking, how much will it run you to have someone do this work?
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    Post by chaz Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:27 am

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    Your reciever side plates seem to take a dip down to the nut, as the string is released it appears it will have bump up to overcome. Is that right? Just asking . The skeleton clock works look is very interesting. This thing will be quite the show piece.

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    Post by whiteraven Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:06 pm

    stoneagebowyer wrote:Are you using a machine shop for this, and if you don't mind my asking, how much will it run you to have someone do this work?

    I have a deal worked out with a friend to get everything water jet cut out of steel. I can get decent discounts on water jet and laser cutting though through a local hackerspace group.

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    Your reciever side plates seem to take a dip down to the nut, as the string is released it appears it will have bump up to overcome. Is that right? Just asking . The skeleton clock works look is very interesting. This thing will be quite the show piece.
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    It does dip slightly towards the roller nut. was looking at several different crossbow trigger styles and I thought this may help in getting all the parts to fit within the 2" parameters of my receiver group with out any significant functional loss.

    Correct me if I am wrong, this is new to me.
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    Post by whiteraven Tue Jul 17, 2012 6:20 pm

    Few more updates on the jaw piece for the tip of the crossbow. A little patience and some Paper-Clay and it seems to be turning out nicely. (Too bad the paper clay dries so slowly... work a little, wait alot, work a little...)

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    Post by whiteraven Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:10 pm

    Then I used a local hackerspace's laser cutter to cut some plexi for a prototype.
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    Post by chaz Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:37 am

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    Lookin' GREAT !

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    Post by whiteraven Sat Jul 21, 2012 2:33 pm

    Ok, so I am working a little rework on the whole trigger group. Someone Wise advised that if I kept closer to the original design it would function better.

    So updates coming soon.
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    Post by Geezer Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:56 pm

    Try an experiment for your paper-clay work. Do a couple of test pieces and stick them in a micro-wave. Start with just a few seconds time, and see how it speeds up the drying-time. Then work up to longer periods.
    I often use microwave to heat/speed up drying-times on small pieces... just avoid putting metals in your microwave, unless you're really fond of sparklies and mild explosions. Geezer

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    Post by whiteraven Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:59 pm

    I live in Arizona... when I'm NOT at work working on it I take it outside for a few minutes.

    It our dry heat its cured in no time.

    It's just in our A/C office that it takes 30-40 minutes.

    But thanks for the tip!
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    Post by whiteraven Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:01 am

    Jaw bone end piece update.
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    Post by Basilisk120 Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:03 pm

    Wow this is looking awesome. You have put in a lot of great work. Can't wait to see it finished



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    Post by Gnome Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:50 pm

    Whiteraven, I giggle like a little girl whenever you post updates on this build. This some awesome, creepy, over the top dedication to a vision! Bravo.

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    Post by whiteraven Tue Jul 31, 2012 2:00 pm

    Thanks everyone. It's an intense build, but working little bits at a time makes it do able.
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    Post by downunderrunner Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:04 am

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    this is an awesome build, enjoying it alot, but i notice there's not been an update for a while?

    hope your ok, and it's still progressing!
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    Post by whiteraven Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:37 pm

    It's still progressing, just have alot going on. Few updates are in the works, but haven't taken pictures yet.
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    Post by downunderrunner Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:25 am

    ok, thanks for letting us all know, sorry to hear about the difficulties in your life, stay strong brother!
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    Post by whiteraven Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:20 pm

    Ok, sorry for the wait, but I got some updates.

    Updated the Bone swing arm prototype a bit more, making it fit better and look a little more steampunk.
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    Got my crossbow main backbone pieces back from my welder friend. They look great to me.
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    And here's how the swing arm will mount and pivot.
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    And this is what my work area looks like with 10 things going on at once!
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    Post by downunderrunner Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:16 am

    thanks for the update brother!! sorry to sound impatient, looking great as always!
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    Post by whiteraven Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:40 pm

    Working on this project still. Smile

    Started a mock up on a quiver for the bolts (arrows) built out of a soda box's cardboard.
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    Looked a little too boxy to me, so I hit the Dollar Store and got some supplies... Grabbed 2 aluminum spray bottles, a dog hair brush, some masking tape, and a pair of chicken scissors. All on my lunch-break at work. Official Mechanical powered Crossbow build - Page 2 524936

    And after a long, NOT busy day I had this...
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    And after I put my crossbow bolts (arrows) in it kind of looks like this.
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    And yes, the crossbow bolts are hollow stainless steel CHOPSTICKS!! Laughing
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    Post by Gnome Thu Oct 04, 2012 4:19 am

    Stainless steel chopsticks? That's intriguing. Are you planning on putting tips and/or fletching on them, or letting them fly right out of the box? I like that last idea, but I think at minimum some kind of weight would have to be added to the point to keep them flying pointy end first. I immediately started shopping around the net, thinking about using them myself for one of my pistol bows, and found a design with a spiral grip molded into the fat end. Wonder whether that would give enough drag and spin to eliminate the need for fletching.
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    Post by Geezer Thu Oct 04, 2012 6:58 am

    Spiral grip steel combat chopsticks? Sounds like something Jackie Chan would keep in his back posket. Geezer
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    Post by whiteraven Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:43 am

    I'll do some test shooting from my pistol crossbow and see what mods are needed.

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