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Joakim Steinsnes




Location: Haugesund, Norway
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PostPosted: Sat 16 Nov, 2019 7:00 am    Post subject: Finished my windlass crossbow         Reply with quote

Finally finished my windlass crossbow based on the drawings in the Sir Ralph William Frankland-Payne-Gallwey Book of the crossbow, a lot of work but finally Iím done hope you all like it!





























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David Clark





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PostPosted: Sat 16 Nov, 2019 8:29 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Fantastic piece! Were any of the components outsourced or did you hand craft all of it in its entirety? Regardless of the answer, bravo.

Also, how well does your crossbow handle the barbed headed bolts? I know that Todd had problems with accuracy when using them in his crossbow builds.
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Joe Fults




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PostPosted: Sat 16 Nov, 2019 10:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I think its pretty great! Nice work!
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Joakim Steinsnes




Location: Haugesund, Norway
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PostPosted: Sat 16 Nov, 2019 11:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you very much! Yes I made every single part, the wheel cages where each a block of steel cut, grinded and welded and the most difficult of all but you learn so much! The trigger has a hardened steel tip soft soldered on and a leaf spring soldered on too so much hidden work

I have not yet tested it but I noticed Tod had problems with a much bigger head on his bolts, this is a pretty small one
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Nathan A.




Location: Near Seattle, WA
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PostPosted: Sun 17 Nov, 2019 11:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Really nice work! I want to hear how it shoots. Have you measured the draw weight?
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Scott Kowalski




Location: Oak Lawn, IL USA
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PostPosted: Sun 17 Nov, 2019 1:20 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Great job on the build. I am looking forward to hearing how well it does when you do get a chance to test it.
Do you know what the draw weight is?
Did you make the bolts and heads for them yourself as well?

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Kirk B.





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PostPosted: Mon 18 Nov, 2019 12:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well done, Fantastic!
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Duncan Hill





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PostPosted: Tue 19 Nov, 2019 9:09 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is really excellent - well done. Please do post about how it shoots, and also draw weight and draw/powerstroke measurements if you have a chance. Thanks!
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Jean Henri Chandler




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PostPosted: Tue 19 Nov, 2019 12:01 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Duncan Hill wrote:
This is really excellent - well done. Please do post about how it shoots, and also draw weight and draw/powerstroke measurements if you have a chance. Thanks!


What he said, and kudos! It looks very nice.

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Joakim Steinsnes




Location: Haugesund, Norway
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PostPosted: Mon 25 Nov, 2019 1:03 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you all for your kind words! :-) I do make the bolts but not the bolt heads, making the curved wood fletching was a pain in the ass but I like a challenge and I like to keep it autenthic

I have have only tried it a few shots and it penetrated a piece of pine about 2cm with the square tip but I have no way to testing the draw weight at the moment but I would guess it is between 400 lbs
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