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How To Make A Crossbow [Easiest Step-by-Step Guide to Follow]

how to make crossbow

There are many crossbow models that you can easily get from your local stores or even from the internet. We have even compiled a list of the best crossbow for the money out there to help with your buying decision.

However, have you ever thought of making your own crossbow? Check out our guides so that you can master the skill on how to make a crossbow without any hassle, and the most interesting thing is, DIY crossbow can actually be quite efficient.

7 Steps To Make The Crossbow Body

First, start off by constructing the body of the crossbow first. We will be making a wooden crossbow in this tutorial.

  • 1
    Measure the wood for the stock
    Start off with a pine board that is 2 inches tall, 38 inches long and 2 inches wide. Then you have to hold it like you are holding a rifle to see if the length fits. When you find the right length, it is important to mark it accordingly to assist with the next step.
  • 2
    Saw the extra wood
    For this step, you will have to use a hand saw or a circular saw in order to cut on the mark that you just made. Be sure to use safety glasses and saw in an area that is ventilated.
  • 3
    Mark the area where the trigger should go
    Hold the wood like you are holding the crossbow, and make a mark on where it feels good to have the handle and the trigger. Draw a rectangle shape that is 1 inch wide and 4 inches long.
  • 4
    Cut the rectangle shape out of the marked place
    You can do this by using a wood rasp, chisel, and drill. Once it's cut accordingly, you have to take the rectangular shape out of the wood, without splitting the wood. Remember to use a sandpaper for smoothing out the area where the hole is.
  • 5
    Make the groove hold the string
    The groove will make a place where the string is going to be placed horizontally right across the hole. Use a wood rasp or chisel so you can make an eight of an inch groove that is near the front of the hole for the trigger.
  • 6
    Cut the groove holding the bolt
    This one will be placed from the end of the wood to the rectangle hole. It can be achieved by using a chisel, drill and a hammer so you can carve a quarter inch channel.
  • 7
    Create the grip for you to hold while shooting
    For this, you will need a second piece of wood that should be about 8 inches long. Have it attached to the bottom of the stock.

How to Make Crossbow Bow Part

Use a PVC pipe that is 36 inches long. Cut grooves into the ends of the pipe large enough for a wood screw. Now you have to attach the pulleys to either end of the pipe using wood screws so the string can feed through them.

The string needs to thread through both pulleys. Tie the string on the left end, then pull it to the right end where you will loop it around the pulley, then bring it back to the left end to loop it again around the pulley and at last tie the string on the right end.

Attach the Stock and the Bow

Carve a groove in the stock where the pipe will fit by using a chisel or wood rasp on the end of the stock. Now secure the bow to the stock using duck tape.

How to Make Crossbows Trigger System

Draw an l-shape in the wood. Cut this out and use it as the trigger. Make a groove on the trigger across the short part. Now make a hole by the corner of the L, big enough for a nail so you can attach it to the stock. Then attach it on the stock through the rectangle shape making sure it has space to move.


By following this easy guide, you will master the skill on how to make crossbow that is functional in no time. Be sure to check out tutorial around the internet and also from Youtube too.

However, if you think making your own crossbow is time-consuming, you should probably look for quality crossbows which are good in quality yet affordable at the same time.

Roderick Harrington

Hi, Roderick here! I love to hunt and shoot. I started hunting at a very young age of 18 when I used to go with my father to hunt deer. As time passes, my interest in hunting kept increasing. With all the knowledge and experience, I thought that I should write insightful and thoroughly researched content on hunting equipments for my readers.

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Jenette Desamparo - September 23, 2018

Thanks so much for sharing all of the awesome info! I am looking forward to checking out more posts!

Shelton Tucker - September 26, 2019

I like to buy my first one. Then make mine for my craft shows . I’m more interested in the kids toy one.. however I think the trigger is my hard part trying to make…

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