I'm interested in building a lugged steel frame. Where should I start?
Sorry in advance if you guys get questions like this all the time...
I read Cassave's "how to build a lugged steel frame" thread all the way through...that bike is gorgeous and I hope someday to be able to make something similar. However, I am starting at square 1. I'm in college and don't have the money for expensive tools or jigs.
I'm not looking to get a set of 953 tubes and build a masterpiece...just looking to start messing around with a torch maybe braze on some rack fittings or canti posts or something to get a feel for the torch. I have a couple old lugged frames I could practice on that I don't care about destroying (some lower end frames, I won't be doing any cutting or brazing on my 531 frames just yet).
My ultimate goal is to someday build myself a road frame and then a rugged 29er / cyclocross / singletrack utility frame.
What do I need to get started practicing brazing? Just a torch? Any other thoughts or advice?