Chapter XXI, Part I

Payne-Gallway's Schematic for the lock-plate

Payne-Gallwey writes that “[t]he lock-plates—one on each side of the stock—are of steel, ½ in. thick” and that “their transverse screws strengthen the stock where it is cut out for the nut and its socket. They also “hold the nut, socket and trigger in position.” He then notes that “[t]he lock-plates … are morticed in flush with the woodwork of the stock, and close against the sides of the revolving nut and its socket ….”

My design for the shape of the lock-plate came from a crossbow I saw in a museum that was of the same era as Gallway’s design. Here it is after polishing:

The lock-plate

Morticing the lock-plate into the sides of the stock was long and thankless task.

Transferring the pattern

I started out by using a poor man’s milling machine …

Poor man's milling machine

… and finished the task with endless chiseling.

Chiseling

More bloody chiseling

The finished product:

The lock-plates set into the stock at last

Next up: the bow irons.

said on 15 Oct 2009 at 09:00 PM

Love the “poor mans” milling macine :) great idea though. any pics of the final product? justin@gibow.com

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