Since I do all my mitering work by hand, with a set of files and a protractor, I’m mentally revisiting the idea of setting up a station in the basement where I can knock out all my mitering work prior to heading up to Princeton to do my work.
The thinking here is that when I’m in Princeton, I should be maximizing my time with the specialty equipment that I don’t have and can’t currently afford. Theoretically, I can knock out ST/BB and HT/DT miters for a couple of frames, take them with me to Princeton, where I’ll braze and cold-set them, then bring them home where I can prep the next set of stuff. In theory, I could miter up entire frames before ever doing any brazing work. It’ll just require careful adherence to the blueprint. That may be something that I consider for the current batch underway.
Anyway, yeah. So I’m ready to build a station. With bare minimums, it’ll set me back about $650 to get everything. That list includes:
- vise, with removable softjaws
- hacksaw and blades
- tube blocks
- a vernier protractor
- aircraft shears
- a jeweler’s saw and blades
- a cheap level
Ideally, I’d like to buy a set of Anvil‘s lug vises, but those are $325 for the set. Ouch!
On the plus side, I’ve got all my drafting equipment in-hand, so I can handle the blueprinting portion of all this at home now, rather than wasting time after I’ve gotten to the shop. Will be getting the drafting board set up tonight.