Let's say you're not exactly a new framebuilder, you've got a handful of frames under your belt, but to date the tools that you've accumulated are the basics - shop consumables, basic hand tools like a hacksaw, center punch, etc., decent files, vise, bike stand, some Park frame alignment tools, and a couple of bench power tools like a drill press and a belt/disk sander. Everything else, from torch to jig, you beg or borrow. You want to become more independent and produce perhaps 6-10 frames per year. Non-framebuilding stuff like painting gets farmed out. Finally, let's say you have about $2500 to get yourself equipped. How do you spend your money?
This is pretty much the situation I am in right now, I don't ever plan on quitting my day job, but I really enjoy framebuilding as a creative outlet.
So far, were I to spend this amount of money, I would do it in the following way:
* Victor torch, hoses, and two stage regulators - about $300
* Bringheli frame jig, because it's pretty much the cheapest around - $1350
* Bringheli fork jig - $375
* Nova fork raking tool - $375
Round 2, which would allow me to tap and face my frames, would include:
* Icetoolz BB tapping and facing set - $250
* Icetoolz headtube facer and reamer - $250
* Icetoolz crown race cutter
* Flexible shaft grinder & some carbide burrs
Now, I realize that I could find a $50 O-A setup on craig's list, build a jig out of 2x4's and roofing nails, etc., but let's say I get everything via retail or mail order just to keep things simple.
How does my list look? Anything you would change, add, or omit?