Tools! I am using a really low tech set of tools. A lot of this stuff is adapted woodworking tools.
Decent drill press, with a head that can do angles other than 90 degrees. The photo is of a similar type. These are great for drilling odd angles.
Standard woodworking chop saw for mitering tubing. I either fit this with a metal grinding blade, or recently a carbide metal blade I found a Menards. These are great! Labeled for cutting thick metal, they slice through tubing with a lot less arcing and sparking than an abrasive blade. Not cheap - $60 for the blade.
Side grinder - either with a cutting blade, a grinding blade, or a rotary brush. Side grinders are like dremels on steroids. I call the side grinder the "Undo Button". Don't like a weld? Hit the Undo Button.
Welder, of course. You can do this with an oxyecetylene welder, and do a pretty good job, but slow. I have one of those, and a MIG wleder. The mig is fast. The Oxy can be used to heat and bend tubing, burn off stuff, scare your friend by igniting a cloud of acetylene (MWUOA ha ha!) and numerous other tasks.
I'll use the table saw with a metal grinding blade, also a skil saw with a metal grinding blade.
It would be great to have a milling machine or a lathe, but I don't, so I make do with woodworking tools. Has been working OK for years. Of course this is all one-offs. If i ever really needed something machined I could just go have it done I suppose.
Hell, I build my first bike with nothing but a hacksaw and an oxy-acetylene welder. Conduit, dragged out of the trash, instead of tubing. This is high tech compared to those days.
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on Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:10 am, edited 2 times in total.