S-bend seat stays

This was my first attempt at S-bends seatstays. I have built two frames with single-bend stays but those were a couple years ago and I did the single bend on my 7" radius oak fork blade bender.  After hummin and hawing for awhile and attempting to make my own somewhat clunky 8" radius bender out... Continue Reading →

MTMF on the horizontal

The Anvil main (all, actually) tube mitering fixture barely fits on my horizontal mill.  Mostly the 5x20" table is pretty tiny for an 8" rotary table (rotab) which is what the MTMF requires.  I have the rotab attached in the center t-slot but really i should have fabricated an extension plate so I'd be able... Continue Reading →

Fixturedom – Anvil’s MTMF

I got a new fixture. I feel guilty just saying that. After all, it's cooler not to have fixtures and use files, or make your own.  I know, but I gave in to the inner tool whore. I'm trying to streamline and quicken my process so I can actually make bikes for people one day... Continue Reading →

Frame 13 – First welds on the JMan

Thanks to everyone that regularly stops-in to see what I'm ranting about in the framebuilding microcosm. It's actually a much bigger world than I'd imagined and a great group of people.  Truls, whom I do not know other than seeing his signature on message board posts, linked to my last post on Pulsed Tig-welding in... Continue Reading →

JMan Tubeholder

Someday, I'll have to post a full writeup on the details of this frame fixture, but for now I just wanted to comment on how cool the tubeholder is. With any fixture it seems to me that unless you're building a lugged frame (tube-holders 'built-in') it is really nice to have a way to at... Continue Reading →

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