Picture of homemade cross bow
In this tutorial I will show you how to make a fully functioning quite powerful crossbow. this crossbow has the capabilities of shooting sharpened lengths of dowel over 20m. do not point at anyone or use this inappropriately.

Step 1: Shaping the stock

firstly you must design the outline of the stock used for the main handle of the crossbow. once you have designed the outline, draw it onto the wood and carefully cut around the outside of the line with the jig saw cutter I have used two sheets of 19mm ply (as this was the only material I had available at the time) and screwed them together.
colonelb32 years ago
Hey thats awesome! I was thinking if u could add a trigger that would help but thats awesome. Great job.
billstar414 (author) 2 years ago
yes that may work, but over a short period of time the screws threads will wear down the rope, and also the screw will eventually bend and snap. thank you for your contribution.
Geoffers2 years ago
I think if you put a long screw just where the string is when ready to fire if you push up from the bottom then it should fire
billstar414 (author) 2 years ago
I'm sure there's a way of making a trigger, it would require a shaped piece of steel or plastic attached to a tension spring, and I'm sure if you use different materials for the "prod" and the stock it would do such tasks. and mythbusters1633 I will try and upload a video in the near future!
Ringer16332 years ago
nice. can you upload a video of it shooting?
Geoffers2 years ago
Is it powerful enough to kill a rabbit
Geoffers2 years ago
Can you make a trigger and don't you need to be able to put it into your shoulder to fire.
billstar414 (author) 2 years ago
I struggled to explain this bit. I will update this section of the tutorial
rimar20002 years ago
Nice design. What type of wood used you?

I would like more details about the slider for the arrow.