Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I had some time to work on Ians 24" cross frame. I was able to sweat the seat tube on and braze in the dropouts along with the water bottle bosses.
Here's the sweet sloping fork crown I hope to use compared to the standard size crown.  It's only 37 mm. between the inner points, so tire selection might become an issue.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Here's the final pics of Dougs frame.  It's a beautiful frame indeed.  After NAHBS, it's hard at it on painting Tinas frame and construction of Ians.  Many thank yous to Major Dave and Jed for all the work on the logo, new head
 badge, and dropout

Friday, February 17, 2012

 I just finished the black logo and first clear coat.  The black logo really pulls it all together and the orange head set and polished head badge will contrast nicely with the black head tube.  Tomorrow, I will knock down the clear coat with
 some 1000 grit to get
any nibs and critters out.
Then I will apply the
 second clear coat.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

This is pretty much it for the day.  I don't have enough time to mask off the white panel to shoot the black logo today.  And I don't want to start masking and leave it on over night because the white is soft and imprints too easily.  So, it's off to the pub and I'll finish up tomorrow.

Masked and ready for the white.

The orange is on.  It has poor hiding capacity and took 5 medium we coats plus the drop coat.  It does look a little coppery compared to the color chip, probably just the poor lighting and lack of the clear coat.  I'll let it flash to tape and then start on the white and black masking.

Ready for a final scuff, tack off, then spray.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

 The black and white are on for the stripes.  Tomorrow morning, I'll mask them off and shoot the entire frame metallic Desert Sunset Pearl.  Once it flashes off sufficiently, I'll start on the panel and lugs.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

 I glass beaded Dougs frame yesterday and applied the etch primer.  Today I just finished applying the surfacer/sealer.  When it is cured, I will sand and then apply the black for the panel stripes and the white for the seat stay stripes.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The tendinitis is subsiding and I found if I grip with my left hand and guide with my right, I can get some stuff done.  Assuming I can rent the glass bead cabinet tomorrow, I will have Dougs frame through prime and ready to start putting on
 color Tuesday.  The
 other frame is Tinas,
 and I will paint it as
 as we get back from NAHBS. 
 I've even been able to get Ians front triangle in the fixture, really a fun project.  Honest Sonny, yours is next!  And OBC lives, the
 Columbus chain stays
will be recycled into Ians

Thursday, February 2, 2012

 All the brazing is complete on Dougs frame.  All that's left to do is ream, hone, and slot the seat tube and finish detailing the shore lines and fillets.
A close up of the stainless dropout face.  A lot of work for something that can't be seen with the wheel installed, but well worth it to avoid paint chipping.
 The seat stay bridge is on along with the six cable guides.  Then one final alignment check prior to silver brazing on the dropout faces.