How cool is this? There’s some great simple innovations in the frame building kit here. I hope it gets funded!
I decided to splurge out on a better jig, as the home-made setup I was previously using was a bastard to adjust and get everything level and straight. So I ordered some Maytec aluminium extrusion and components and now have something that’s a lot easier to work with! Here’s some pics of the new setup:
Sharks with frickin’ lasers. That’s what I’m talking about. Ok, well minus the sharks. It’s more like jigs with frickin’ lasers. Close enough. Check out the hi-tech laser-level action below.
The mitres are all done, so now it’s a matter of setting my somewhat cumbersome frankenstein of a jig (can someone buy me a gift voucher for Maytec please?) into place for each pole. I’ve made a series of height adjustable stand-offs to hold up each piece as well as come conical shaped rubbers from some chair legs for the head tube placement. It’s all a bit too dependent on the table being level thou, making it quite painstaking to set.
With any luck I’ll have it all set tonight. Then it’s on to roughing everything up so epoxy will stick to it. Good times.
I’ll stop the puns soon. I swear.
Built some standoffs for the headtube and rear end. Check em out:
The degree of accuracy of this jig is probably not within the tolerances of a well made bike, so I’ll have to resort to a lengthy process of alignment checking after the initial tack gluing. I’ve seen laser levels used with jigs to check alignment, so might go get one of them.