Finally got Andy D's cross frame brazed up yesterday morning. As always, I build the rear triangle first, check the wheel alignment then the chainring clearance before proceeding.
Forgot to take a photo of the full frame tacked but I imagine you've all seen enough of those.
Can you fillet?
I bet you can.
Just pick up a torch and a stick of brass and melt it on just like you're painting it on.
I like this photo. Little Mavic Carbonification in the rear view. You don't think I throw just any wheel in between the stays for mock-up purposes do you?
This one is for you Beau.
Throw a wheel in when its all finished just for good measure. Need to stick a couple of braze-ons on it this afternoon then clean it up for some primer. I hope to do a little painting in this coming week. Working part time at the bistro has slowed down my actual frame production but its increased my enthusiasm for building frames and its gonna allow me to broaden the dream a little more in the future, plus they make some really good food and the atmosphere is good. If you're in Mountain Home you should check it out, 870 Bistro. I've already got plenty of work to keep me busy through the end of the year and probably starting the new year. I've also got a plan for the year ahead. After I finish Andy's frame I'm gonna get to work painting some stuff for the Texas Handmade Show at the end of October. When I get back from that I have a handful of frames to build for customers that will probably take me into the new year including my first BMX build that should be interesting. During all this I plan on purchasing some more painting equipment to use when I can get it, and oh yeah, those carbon fiber dreams are still stirring in my head. I really would like to get some carbon frame building under my belt this coming year. So anyway, you've heard that one before but I really do want to make it happen its just gonna take some prioritizing (did I spell that correctly?) and I may just have to step away from steel for a short time or just take a limited number of orders and then after I get the carbon process dialed in I will be set up to do both more efficiently, that would be ideal. We'll see. I remind myself that frame building is a long-term educational experience. This coming year will be the start of year 5 of the frame building dream for me. I think I'm somewhere right over 100 frames built and I still love it. Numbers don't matter though, its quality over quantity at MEECH. Race on racers! Never say die! Ever onward! Victory or death! Enjoy!