If you want to see it, you can buy the Paternek video on how to braze a frame. He does it with standard materials, though there are better materials, that are easier. A cheaper tape is his stem and rack tape which has a lot of brazing in it, though if you are building a frame...
I don't braze this way any more. I just haven't had time to document what I've learned since. The old way isn't bad, just not the best.
The new method would be difficult to describe, but much easier to use. Almost foolproof. Wish I wasn't so busy.
If you happen to get any time to explain the process more let us all know, Im having trouble building up a thick enough joint. I know everyone would appreciate it.
I tried using MAPP gas on some tubes the other day just practicing it and the brass wouldnt melt. Any suggestions.
Maybe I can give you some help. I've been using Gasflux rod and flux for about a year. A good product, ordered mine direct from them but henry james also sells the line. Dealing with Gasflux direct is easy just call them up. I've used MAPP for 10 years for fillet brazing and some welding. It is just a bit cooler so use more gas to get a hot enough flame and the 1/16" rod will flow great.
It's a big help if you have something to reflect some of the heat back into the joint you are trying to braze. I have been using a 1 gallon paint can that I cut apart. velonomad has said he uses stainless steel flashing. Aluminum flashing will not work (you burn holes in it). Fire brick or ceramic wool are also used.
does anyone know any sites that can show me the process at all or even how to do it? i may be trying to build a frame with my neighbor with a kit. thanks.
A hard road to hoe - and not recommended at all. Sign-up for a class at your local community college. Unlike credited courses, many instructors let the students decide how much, on what equipment. If the 'teach' knows his stuff, you'll be gluing tubes with respectable results after the first night - the remainder is practice. And if you don't screw around, you can easily have a frame or two built after all said and done.
There is an interesting thread on the other forum where there is a guy doing a course and they asked him how the master had him practice the brazing. The drill was building little stalagmites of brass on top of the tube. The idea being that if you could get it bonded to the tube to start, and could get it building up without it slumping then you were learning placement and heat control. Sounds good to me.
We start the students with single passes down the middle of flat stock, usually 16ga. This lets them focus on wetting and bead formation, without worring about burning the parent metal. Next comes butt joints, followed by lap joints, "T's" then Vertical "T's". Each successive joint, represents increased difficulity in heating both pieces uniformly. Tubing is last.