Tuesday, January 31, 2012

While my arm is on the mend, I have the seat stay bridge just about ready the braze in.  I also drilled some drain holes and cut off the excess head tube.   

Friday, January 27, 2012

My elbow is too sore to saw, file, and sand on Dougs frame, although I did rough in the scallops on the seat stays.  So I have spent the morning finalizing the design for Ians frame set, I will also build the fork as a 357 mm axle to crown fork isn't available on the open market. These are his color preferences, by the way.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

At the days end, here is where we sit.  The seat stays are fully brazed on along with the last remaining top tube cable guide.  It weighs under 4 lbs. now and should finish up the same.  As time allows, I will bend up the seat stay bridge and attach it along with the dropout faces and remaining cable guides.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Last night I started fitting up the seat stays and hope to braze them in tomorrow.  When fully fit up, there will be 5 - 7mm gap between the stays at the seat lug.

Monday, January 23, 2012

 Both chain stays are on and aligned.  The shamrock came out very nice, just needing a little detail work on the stem.  I'm thinking since the down tube and bottom bracket will be metallic orange, I'll paint the shamrock black.  The seat stays are bent.  I put them between plates to ensure the bends stay in alignment when I cut the tab slots for the dropouts.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Here you go Doug.  Sorry about the lack of in-process photos. I get my head down working and forget all about it.  The front triangle is brazed up along with the left chainstay.  I also got the brake cable guides on the top tube, sweet stainless ones.  Before the day is over, I'll try to get the right chain stay on and start bending the seat stays.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Rear point material added
  A short pictorial of
 Dougs seat tube lug
and shamrock start.

Front point ready to braze

Some rough shaping

Areas marked for removal

Assembled on the frame. With the exception
 of the vent holes, braze-ons and Shamrock,
 it's ready to braze.

The shamrock layout

Some rough shaping.  I'm waiting for
a set of small needle files to finish it with.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

I got the dropouts brazed up and most of the filing/sanding done also.  The lug set still hasn't shown up yet.  I don't want to go any farther without them, because even though I have all the dimensions, I like to actually see it fit up.So here is where the frame will sit until they arrive.  I spent the rest of the afternoon doing detail finishing on Tinas frame.  But now, it's time for a beer.

 The seat tube is in and a test fit of the down tube is good with a 57.5 degree angle.  I like the longer points on the Pacenti bottom bracket, very clean looking.
The dropouts are almost fixtured.  It would be nice to have a professional jig as my method takes about an hour of measure, file, clamp, tighten, and repeat until the triangle is symmetrical and aligned on all planes.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

 I cut a nice little window in the seat tube socket and removed the cast in bridge.  The bridge is just a mud shelf in cyclo cross.  I leave them in on road frames because they look good.  Also, all the main tube miters are now cut.  I just need the lug set show up.