First, I'd like to thank all the contributors on this forum. I've lurked on here for awhile and have enjoyed and learned much from all the threads. I've been researching frame building for about a year now and I'm about to get started on my first frame (after the requisite practice brazing of course).
Here's my dilemma, I'd really like to build an English style internal geared commuter for my first frame, but every source I've come across dissuades first time builders from using anything but vertical dropouts. I realize I could go the vertical route and make do with a half link for the chain or eccentric bottom bracket, but I'd love to just use a semi-horizontal dropout and be done with it.
Is there any sort of homemade jig that I could construct that would easily allow this? Or should I just suck it up and make a road bike frame?