I am signed up for a frame building class at the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective in Feb. My ideal bike would have polished stainless steel lugs, crown, and drop outs. Maybe even a stainless steel drive side chainstay to mimic vintage chrome.
That's the ideal, but I have to expect that my first frame might not turn out so well. With that in mind the conservative approach would be to treat the first frame as a learning experience and use the most basic tubes and lug set. The problem with that is that I don't know when I'll get a chance to build a second frame.
My background includes work in a machine shop and I do hobby woodwork (Stickley/Ellis reproductions) with pretty close tolerances. With that background, I believe I'll be able to miter the tubes reasonably well. I'm also reasonably competent and careful at setting things up in jigs. What I have no experience with at all is torch work. Simply have not done any.
So I'd like to hear your advice on how I should set my sights for the bike I build in this class. Go for the Henry James stainless bits and aim for the dream bike or get a basic set from BikeLugs.com and expect to screw up early and often? From reading and watching some youtube videos I can see chances to screw up that include improper surface prep, not enough flux, incomplete penetration of the solder, too much heat, sloppy miters, and poor alignment. What other opportunities for screw up should I be looking out for? What are the most common first time screw ups and can they be corrected during the build? I assume once a tube is overheated it needs to be removed and replaced?
I'm sure this post is naive and happy to learn from you all.
Thanks in advance,