I'm building my first cross bow and I've chosen a Honduran Rosewood burl to make the nut from. The wood is strong as iron (but a little on the brittle side), and has almost no grain. I have reinforced it with a steel pin for the tickler release and intend to use a 140lb prod.
Now that I am about to cock it for the first time, I have a safety question, what is the best practice for testing the release/nut on a new, and hand-made crossbow safely?
Second, are wooden nuts a bad idea in general? This one looks beautiful.
Thanks for the input,