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African Lockbow
Aug 28th, 2005 at 12:16pm
 
This is basically a junk crossbow that I've been making.  It's in an African lockbow style.  I've got a couple of pictures here, but the flash on the camera is intense and the pictures aren't great.
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First picture is from the side.
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Second picture shows the bow and a single quarrel.  The entire bow is ash - the prod, stock, trigger, and wedges are ash.  The string is three ply braided cotton - I just picked up any bit of string that would take the strain.  The quarrel is hazel, "fletched" with an ivy leaf and willow bark cord.  The bow hasn't been properly tillered, the stock has not been smoothed, polished - just left alone.  And here's the thing - this lockbow blasts the little quarrel a clear fifty metres before starting to slow down.  Drawweight is 94 pounds.
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Re: African Lockbow
Reply #1 - Aug 28th, 2005 at 12:22pm
 
Bloody hell!   
Hey, what are the dimensions of your prod? How long is it?
I'm using ash too, but i'm afraid of making a prod stronger than 55pounds. They explode too much. I make mine ~31in long and 2in wide, tapering down to ~3/4in.   I mean- 94 pounds, wow...cool.
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Reply #2 - Aug 28th, 2005 at 12:26pm
 
I couldn't give you accurate dimensions.  I believe that the prod is around 16-17" long, drawing a between 7-8".  I've been measuring this on hand spans and working it out from there, so... it's quite narrow, but thick.  I expect it to take some fairly heavy set, but I don't mind.  It was a spur of the moment kind of weapon.
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Reply #3 - Aug 28th, 2005 at 12:33pm
 
Wow, great job then.

Maybe my problem is that i'm using boards and... and... and... welll, i'm just a crappy bowyer.

I bow my head before you.
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Reply #4 - Aug 28th, 2005 at 4:48pm
 
Well, I can't give you hints, really.  It's not much to make a large crossbow prod, because it's basically all about having as much weight as possible, whilst ensuring that the middle doesn't bend as much, or more than, the tips.
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Reply #5 - Aug 28th, 2005 at 7:22pm
 
who tought tou how to make crossbows?
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Reply #6 - Aug 29th, 2005 at 5:04am
 
Nobody did.  You don't need teaching.  All you need is to read a little bit around the subject, gather as much information as you can.  The only thing you really need help with is the mechanism, and that's simple if you know how.  This entire lockbow, humble though it is, was made entirely with a pen knife.
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Re: African Lockbow
Reply #7 - Aug 29th, 2005 at 10:57am
 
That is pretty awsome. im py childhood I made something similar to a lockbow. Instead of the post pushing the string up I made a different system.

There was a post through the stock however the top od the post was shaved to a 45 degree angle, and you fired it by turning the handle. When it is cocked the string rests on the straight side of the post and when you turned the post the string would slip over the post and fire the bolt.

It was pretty accurate.
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Reply #8 - Aug 29th, 2005 at 11:58am
 
Yeah.  Kids can be pretty ingenious when it comes to projectiles, can't they?  I know I was.
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Reply #9 - Sep 1st, 2005 at 10:43am
 
nice crossbow, i tried to make one, 20lbs, it was really crappy! for some reason i can't seem to make a bow that goes over 20lbs without breaking it  Embarrassed
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Reply #10 - Sep 1st, 2005 at 10:53am
 
That's a shame.  There are several ways to stop a bow breaking, but I can't cover them here.  I'd go to a library, find some bowmaking books, and cram.  Or check out various posts here, and at PaleoPlanet.  It's easy when you know how!
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Reply #11 - Sep 1st, 2005 at 11:59am
 
Go to the Bowyers Den, or to the Leatherwall(on stickbow.com) or go to Paleoplanet. I would recommend going to Paleoplanet, as it isnt as mean or wild as Leatherwall(like hundreds of posts a day), and you could say, Hey, I'm that guy from slinging.org, beaver butt( Wink) , and I would like some help. If you want to go to any of these places, leatherwall, bowyers den, etc.. just type it up on Google. here is paleoplanet.

http://b16.ezboard.com/bpaleoplanet69529

I really feel dumb, didnt know westie and english was the same person.... Sad. Maybe I'm just dense or too busy.
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