This has been for me the most intimidating part of the build as it was the part I knew the least about and the lack of information on the Internet regarding techniques other people have successfully employed only served to make this task event more daunting.
I did find one picture of a stay bending setup on the net which was comprised of a set of form tools mounted in a fly press. This seemed pretty simple and after a quick chat with Piet (now my full time wood turner and general jig building consultant!!) we decided on a plan to make a set of tooling.
The picture below shows the turned piece of wood which will be used to form the basis of the bends in the tubing, for initial tests this will be mounted in a vice and the tube pulled around it to form the bends,
|Turned Wooden Form Tool & Bar Clamp|
The next step was to have a play with bending a tube.
|Tube Being Bent|
|Chainstay Number One!!|
Next up should be a finished set of stays and even maybe all the bits on the jig ready for some brazing action!!