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Old 09-11-10, 07:35 PM   #1
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Frame blocks

I'm about to embark on frame number two. I like to buy a subset of tools for each project I undertake; for frame one, I bought myself a set of good files. For this frame, I'm going to buy a set of frame blocks.

I remember someone posting a link to a guy who sells tubing block sets made out of wood on eBay. If I remember correctly, it was a set that included 25.4, 28.6, and 31.8, plus it had a tapered block that would work well for stays. A search of ebay turned up nothing...does anyone know who I'm talking about?

Failing that, I'll pick up a set of BR blocks off of bicycletool.com I'm also going to try to fake a lug vise by trying to find an old 1 1/8" quill stem and an old 1 1/4" quill stem.

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Thanks, Livewire, that's what I was looking for.
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Those are good blocks. I've been wanting to take some scrap leather and screws to attach the halves.

Alternatively, Paragon and UBI also sell aluminum blocks. And I tried OS stems as lugs vices. Works fine!
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Maybe I am missing something, but other than the CS blocks, isnt that something you could make with $5 worth of wood and a $10 spade bit set?
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you could do that. A spade drill probably is going to wander too much through that thickness, so you would want a forstner bit set. Then you're up to the cost of those blocks.
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you could do that. A spade drill probably is going to wander too much through that thickness, so you would want a forstner bit set. Then you're up to the cost of those blocks.
This, Plus, blocks of an appropriately tight-grained wood that would be the right size for this application would be tough to source.
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my tubing blocks are scrap 2x4 pieces that i put holes in using hole saws. they work just fine, albeit ugly.
i did make a nice aluminum block for work on small diameter rack tubing, from 1/8-1/2".
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