I made this cross bow in 1980, Originally I made it with
an aluminium bow, but I bought the glass bow that it has at
present, the glassbow doesn't seem any better than the aluminium
The stock was carved from part of a sofa we were throwing
away, don't ask me what wood it is, I can recognise Oak and
that's about it. Before the bow was finished I broke the stock
- stood on it-, hence the fibreglassed bit where you hold
it. My plans are based on the dimensions of the aluminium
bow, I will modify the plans or include all the details for
different bows; the length of the stock between trigger and
bow needs to be different for a different bow, but these are
details that will come with a bow.
There isn't any machining involved- I did use a circular
saw to make the fletch slot- your basic tools to form a bit
of wood and hacksaw and file to make the trigger mechanism,
is all that's needed. The aluminium bow dimensions I used
are in the plans, the bow has to be heat treated I actually
went to a local heat treatment place and asked what material
to use and where to obtain it localy-worked for me.
I will include a drawing of the jig I used to make the strings
and the dimensions of the wooden bolt's; some of the wooden
bolt's were better than fibreglass ones I bought and as they
cost very little it didn't matter when I lost them.
The drawings are done in 3d with autocad, there are several
ways you could have the plans, reduced scale, mulitiple A4(letter
size) sheets at 1:1, or I could get an A0 plot done.
I would like to sell these rather than giving them away,
I was thinking about £10, plus the price of plotting
if you wanted a 1:1 plan, I will write an instruction book
to go with them.