Monday, November 25, 2013

 A nice , freshly reamed seat tube.  Ball hone next.
A chase and very light face on the bottom bracket.

Friday, November 22, 2013

 Fixturing the canti bosses 283 mm by 75 mm.  Thanks Don Ferris.
 And done.
 Mocking up the cable stop for the rear brake cable.
 Cutting and facing the head tube.  The I.D. measured out right on at 33.8 mm, so I won't ream it.
Looking good.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

 The front triangle and chainstays are brazed up and time to perform a real world alignment check.  Perfect.
 Dropouts too.
 Moving on to the seatstays, a test fit after the lower bend.
It's too dark to braze, so I thought I would spend some time filing and sanding the head badge prior to polishing.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Messing with the macro setting on my camera.  I like to file and sand the edges of the lugs to ensure nice crisp shorelines.
One last real world check for ample chainstay clearance.
 All slathered up with flux and ready to braze.
Nice, crisp, clean shorelines.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

OK, Master Joes Waterford commuter is painted.  We took it from a rather subdued deep blue  to the Moltini Orange with Roadhouse Blue bands and retro Waterford decals.  Of course the photos don't do the colors justice, but they will strike fear into the hearts of all Cat 6ers.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Doing a gap check with a scrap piece of tubing.  When held up to a light source, I don't want to see any light through the miter.
 Seat tube angle is spot on.
 Joels old Merz. The sun popped out and I thought I could capture the depth and brilliance of the Candy Apple Red.  Nah.
 But, I wanted to show off his point thinning skills.  They are beautiful.  Joel and I talked about doing some lug lining, but the points are so thin, the paint would detract from their beauty.
 Typically, you thin the points down to .030".  These are closer to .015", and not just the tips of the points.  They are blended all the way to the junction.
 Even the seat post port is thinned, something I have never thought about.  I just put a nice chamfer on it.  OK, enough gushing.
Craigs front triangle is close to braze time.  A little more of showing the bottom bracket who is boss, and drilling vent holes and brazing in the water bottle bosses.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

 The first decal is on Joes Waterford.  Second clear coat next.
 The Arctic Silver base coat is on the old Merz, Candy Apple Red coming up.
 A quick mock up on Craigs frame just to see how the tubes are fitting up.