Monday, November 7, 2011

My first fillets

I found fillet brazing to be a bit trickier that brazing the silver into the lugs, but it was also more fun. After I drew the silver filler beneath the seat stay caps, I lowered the flame slightly and began to build up the silver. The first time I did it, I didn't get enough filler layered on, and when I went to file down the joint, there were some big gaps. So I fluxed and fired up again, and laid down some more silver. Then I filed it all smooth. It looks pretty good, and I think it makes a robust joint. You probably don't need a fillet braze that is this big--the seat stay/seat tube juncture is supposedly a low stress area--but I didn't want to take any chances. It still needs a lot of clean up to look finished, but here are the pics:


  1. Very nice. I'm not as far along, but I'm doing pretty much the same thing, starting from the Chimonas book etc.


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