So, my plans to take a framebuilding class have come to naught. I'm really keen on the idea, though, and I want to pursue it.
I know how to braze, or at least did 15 years ago, I've built bikes from parts, though I've yet to build a wheel (coming soon).
My question is, how should I start? What equipment do you recommend? I don't have an indoor shop (though I might if a friend comes through) with an oxyacetylene setup, so I'll need to be able to break stuff down when I'm done with it.
My understanding of the equipment and the materials is this:
Frame jig (Who makes a good one to learn with? Can I make one myself?)
Lugs and dropouts (Who makes good ones? I've found some cool stuff, but I'd like to know some knowledgable opions)
Steel tubes (What alloy? Where should I get them?)
Oxyacetylene torch, mask, etc.
Filler (Is this as straightforward as it looks? What are the pros and cons of different alloys for a new builder?)
Bottom Bracket tap (I imagine that alignment between the sides is important, so I reckon there's a tool for this. Am I wrong? Is it just a giant, tightly threaded tap?)
What don't I know? What should I learn about? What's obvious to you, but not to me? Are there respectable books that I could learn from?
I live in the Northampton, Mass area, so if there are any frame builders who might like to teach, I'm interested in that, too.