Creating unique objects of function and design is definitely exciting. Since the last blog installment I have had the pleasure of testing my new frame and fork. The light NON-ridiculously over sized tubing has proven to be comfortable and light and plenty fast.
Part of the fun of building cool bikes and other stuff is using cool tools for every part of the process. This can be anything from a file to a machine with moving parts. My favorite type of machine is a horizontal milling machine. In the shop we have four varying sizes of them from 150 lbs. to 4000 lbs. We use them often for various machining operations and they work particularly well for mitering tubes to mate to other tubes, for things like bike frames and ONYA trikes.
This type of machine was used for many other types of machining such as cutting long slots or making gears and spirals. The problem with finding old horizontal mills these days is they usually don’t have the attachments that are used with the machines to do these specific operations. Thanks to our associate Franco at Paragon Machineworks, we were turned on to the prospect of another mill made by Brown & Sharpe, one of the greatest tool manufacturers of the 20th century.
After a couple months of phone calling and waiting we got our hands on it, however this time we hit the attachment goldmine! In the pic you see all the tooling laid out that originally came with the machine in 1947. It is all in mint to new condition, and has a great new home in our shop. Look forward to future blogs focusing on what this gem of a machine can do….