I have started the final bike I am taking to NAHBS. The tandem is still lingering with all its finish work but as I said before my goal is to have the bikes all off to paint by the end of the calendar year.
Jed's road bike which I started on Friday is a slight change of pace for me. He wanted a bike that is a combo of what I do but with an ever so slight classic style. We decided to go with the following look. A fillet brazed frame with a straight blade lugged fork. Then it will have an ISP and the superlight Paragon hooded drop outs. Even though the drop outs are new the design is ancient and they look great when fillet brazed. The replaceable hanger is just an added bonus. Here is a shot of the chainstays and drop outs getting ready to be mitered for the BB.
The ISP again is a newer design but since I use my seat post lug as the topper it tends to really have a smooth transition and should go great with the fillet brazed theme. The paint will also be a nice combo of classic and new.
I also made a new chainstay mitering fixture. This fixture is rock solid and weighs a ton (not literally). It is made from ground steel and standard cold rolled steel and W2 ground rods. The end result is being inspected by Jack here:
I also made this video for Butch at Moots and was curious if I can embed it into this blog. Here it goes: