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The Crossbow   >   Chapter 31   >   How to Use a Cranequin to Bend the Steel Bow   > p.140

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The Crossbow

Chapter XXXI

The Cranequin, and How It was Applied to Bend the
Steel Bow of a Crossbow

A, fig. 90, p. 138. The surface view of the working parts of a cranequin, its casing being omitted. The claws of the ratchet bar are to be seen hooked over the bow-string.

B, fig. 90. The side view of the cranequin with its parts fitted, the casing being shown in section only.

C, fig. 90. The small spindle which is secured to and turned by the handle of the cranequin.

D, fig. 90. The side view of the large wheel.

E, fig. 90. The small wheel, with its three thick cogs. This wheel is part of the large wheel D, both wheels being made of one solid piece.

F, fig. 90. The strong metal ring that holds the thick cord loop which is placed over the stock of the crossbow when the cranequin is about to be used The under side of this metal ring rests upon the top of the crossbow when the cranequin is in position for bending the bow. The ring is fixed below the centre of the left half of the casing, underneath the ratchet bar, D, fig. 91.

Fig. 91. - Section of the Stock of the Crossbow, Showing the Position of the Cranequin when It is Fitted for Bending the Bow.

Fig. 91. - Section of the Stock of the Crossbow, Showing the Position of the Cranequin when It is Fitted for Bending the Bow.

A. The after end of the ratchet bar.

B. Section of the Stock.

C. The Cord Loop. D.  The metal ring.

E, E. The metal pin that passes through the stock.

This position of the metal ring, causes the cord loop and the ratchet bar and its claws, to jointly take the great strain of the bending bow in line with the stock of the crossbow, fig. 93, p. 143.

If the ring which holds the cord loop was fixed beneath the centre of the


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