Where to start making a crossbow
Before self-production of crossbow should be determined with a device of this type of weapon. Its main elements are: the trigger, the bowstring, bow string, sight, tension mechanism and wooden base, which is called a bed.
Of course, crossbow, hand made, will be very different from factory design. But the principle of operation is similar. To start you will need to make the base of the crossbow. The base is the main element of such weapons. It can be made from such woods as birch or walnut. The thickness of the workpiece must be not less than three inches. After creating a need to draw on it the shape of the ground, and then cut it out.
As for the bow, for its manufacture, you can use the arc from the old sport bow (if you have). For connecting the stock of the crossbow and bow will need to connect the bow to the ground. However, you can use another option. It involves making a metal frame. It will house a bed and bow.
How to make a bowstring
The string should not have a high degree of extensibility. Otherwise, homemade crossbow very quickly cease to perform their functions. So, the best material for bowstrings will be Dacron or fastflight. Wrap the threads previously put between nails. Don't forget to make a loop for putting on string. Pull the string it will not work without stirrups, which in turn can be made from steel wire or rope.
One end of the cable or wire, attach to the base of the crossbow. And at the other end of the lock handle. Also will definitely need to adjust the tension level of the closed string after it is fixed. This can be done directly on the crossbow.
The trigger and arrows
After adjusting the tension of the string, you can go to the manufacture of the trigger. The role of such a mechanism will be a wooden lever, which will require a carefully integrated in the crossbow. Then it is necessary to mount the sighting device. Flies can be used for the mechanical sight.
Arrows for homemade crossbow can be made of ordinary planks of wood, and then planed. If you want the arrows to be durable, it is not necessary to hammer in nails. Otherwise, when the target arrow may break.