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  • TIG welding is a bit tricky as it. Small bits that heat easily with small edges is trickier.

  • Thanks!

    TIG welding is a bit tricky

    Don't say that... I've been trying to decide whether to weld or braze for the last 6 months. I'm almost certain that welding is the way to go - cleaner, safer and more 'appropriate' for the style of bike I want to build. But I can only afford to pick up one method, at least to start with, especially as a TIG setup seems to be about twice the start up cost of brazing, and I know that the learning curve is steeper.

  • Welding is easy enough, but getting good looking a durable welds does require practice. It all does.
    I am struggling a bit pushing my tig welding that bit extra to make it pro, but I know what to do, i just can't afford it.

    Either way you will have fun

  • Having tigged a fair bit now i love it, welding is my favourite bit of building a frame. When everything is flowing nicely and you know youre laying nice beads its extremely satisfying.

    However it takes a fair bit of trial and error to get it right. Building up the muscle memory to do it nicely takes a while, but i think its worth it for sure. I cant imagine brazing and having to file/sand every joint it would double the time it takes me to build a frame hah.

  • But that is also rewarding and becomes faster with practice ;-)

  • to be fair the small amount of filing/sanding of fillets ive done has been very satisfying

  • I'm happy to get stuck in sanding and filing - but the more I think about it the more I realise that TIG is where I want to end up, so I might as well start with that. Thanks for the advice, both.

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New/amateur/garage/kitchen framebuilding discussion

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