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Forgery - Crossbow Part 1
(By Johan the Deaf as appeared in the September 1989 Bolt)

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Subject: Crossbow
Construction Time: ?
Cost: Minimal (ring any bells Korak)

So you want to be one of the kids on the block with a crossbow? No problem! But you ask how much will this cost me? Well (no offence Ronny) it's completely up to you. Yes that's right . . . it's 100% up to you, it is completely possible to build this working crossbow free or put as much money as you want into it.

This project will come to you in three parts. The first part is easy!

  1. Cut out 3 pieces of the supplied pattern out of some sort of wood (here's where one of the money decisions come in). Use pieces of wood that are 1/2" x 4" x 3'

  2. Place the parts one on top of the other and drill the holes as marked. oh . . . use a 1/4" bit.

  3. Take ONE piece of wood and cut out the dotted line area.

  4. Put the pieces together with the cut out piece in the middle. Use 1/4" bolts about 1 1/2" long in all the holes except the two holes in the center.

  5. Sand, files, shape, mold, round, smooth, stain, and varnish.

Next time we will make all the hardware and then after that we will look into some interesting ways to make a bow!

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