Some pics of her in the shop. Cleaned a few small areas on the table and ways to get a feel for what I am in for….not bad at all.
Out of the shed and all loaded up. Got it back to the shop without a hiccup. Thanks Ed! More pics from the shop when I get it to its final spot.
After some light cleanup to the notch (1 inch tube to 1 1/8 inch tube at 90 degrees) it came together real good. Next steps to cut more notches and create a bunch of pieces to practice my brazing. Also, need to cut at angles. More to come…
Made good progress on fork blade bender this weekend. Got machined dies back from machinst buddy! Still some work to do on backing dies and calibration but bent a set anyway.
Once setup I should be able to bend both at once. Already had the Hossfeld Bender for other fab work so what the heck.
First set turned out good enough for the newbie.
Got my alignment post back from a local machinist! I had a piece of scrap stock from a front end loader that turned out perfect. Drilled a hole in the table (well two holes, first one did not work out so well as the unpinnings of the table got in the way). Did some final measurement with a machinist square to ensure it was precise and all is good.
The shop had to get worse before it got better. Spent some holiday time getting shop reorganized to fit a surface plate I found up in York, PA at Hildebrand Machinery. It is a nice (a little bigger than I wanted) 36″x66″ and weighs in around 800 pounds. Will start working on the fixtures sometime soon. It is short too… need to work on a base although I might keep it short to prevent my from using for something else or piling crap on it…
Also got a fork jig from my nephew Lucas! He is a highschool machine shop student and has the bicycle bug much like me.
Got some supply from the good folks at Nova Cycles. Got a couple of crowns to play with and enough material to build 4 forks (hoping to get at least one out of it).
My nephew is building a fork jig for me which should show up soon. Certainly will add pics of that when it arrives.
Also, the quest for building a fork blade bender starts now.