Help. Tools for framebuilding.
Having enough of the right tools does help,
…..and being able to braze or weld is a big help as well.
lots of people have opinions on frame fixturesPosted 4 years ago
we have our own opinion on frame fixtures
if your in wakefield drive down to junction 34 and bob in and say hi
Andrew denham of the bicycle academy does welding courses and building courses
No, he has a Bikemachinery frame fixture and I do not.mick_rSubscriber
Some cast iron vee blocks. (shop carefully as some of the ebay ones turn out to be tiny)
Clamp blocks to hold tubes in the vice.
Angle finder / protractor
Dial angle gauge (dunno why but I tend to use this more than my digital one).
Tube notcher and a pile of holesaws (when you get bored of filing)
Files – anything you can find. Ideally a small and big one in each of flat, half round and round. You are only filing stuff a few mm thick so actual grades not especially important provided they aren’t super coarse.
A couple of rolls of emery cloth (coarse and medium).
Word of caution – be very careful what you are starting 🙂 It won’t stop and the pile of tubes, tools and other stuff keeps on growing….Posted 4 years agobencooperMember
Tube blocks – you can make your own, but the Paragon ones are cheap and good. Bastard cut files are good for roughing out. I also used to use a hand nibbler quite a lot for mitring, to get the shape roughly then file to fit. A fork cutting guide is also handy for cutting tubing square (you can use a tube cutter, but the FCG works on oval things like chainstays).
Really, though, all you need is a couple of files and a hacksaw. Everything else just makes life faster and easier.Posted 4 years ago
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