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    Do any metal casting?

    I've been thinking about adding a section for this, I've seen a few very interesting threads/posts about this topic.



    However I'd like to see how many of you have any experience OR interest enough in such a topic to create a new section for it.

    Chime in and let us know your thoughts, if you have experience in metal casting or are interested in it.

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    This sounds like one for Gustavus!
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    ^^yes, gustavus thread is highly informative on this subject. i wouldn't have anything to offer but
    i do enjoy reading about turning 50 cent/lb aluminum into $10/lb.

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    I am very very interested in the topic of metal casting. I have been acquiring the pieces of equipment to make a casting furnace over the last 6 months and would love to hear from others with more experience. I have the equipment and experience to be able to scan an object and carve the object in foam and plan on using the lost foam method of casting when I gain some more knowledge on the metal melting/casting part of the equation.
    If it wasn't for the $ in $crap, it would just be.....

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    I would be interested as well!

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    I bought plans a while to build a homemade furnace but never got around to it. I do have experience in melting metal and making molds. You would definitely would get some new traffic to this forum. Probably would have to put a disclaimer on the thread for some idiots burning themselves.

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    Some of the best youtube videos on metal casting are done by myfordboy.

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    I'm interested. I've been gathering the necessary equipment for the last 6 months to build my own backyard foundry.

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    I use the foundry at my local high schools metal shop as i went there as a kid and the same teacher is still there. I find this is the best way for me because he has a lot of forms for casting all ready made and a lot of the other machines "metal lathe. drill presses, metal ban saws ext. are all there to finish projects. nothing more gratifying than picking up a tool for a job and knowing you made it with your own hands. As far as using scrap metal i think you would have to refine it somewhat to get more of a "pure metal" for a lot of byproducts can compromise the integrity of the metal. I was buying ingots to make my tools so have not tested using scrap but i just might try it now that it has been brought to my attention . i love foundry work and would love to "buy" a real furnace for a consistent heat that can be easily maintained as opposed to a homemade furnace but don't let me disscourage anybody in making there own and would love to hear results of homemade furnaces. remember liquid metal is nothing to play around with and all saftey precautions should be taken i have seen foundry accidents and it is no joke!
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    I have a little bit of experience casting cast iron because I'm employed by a company to do that. I know a good bit about lost foam patterns

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    I just went to Lowes to but the the stuff to make a forge furnace. It is all sitting right here next to me. I will have to post something about it. Junior and myself are going to be melting alum. in the back yard any day. I will report the results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geiser093 View Post
    I just went to Lowes to but the the stuff to make a forge furnace. It is all sitting right here next to me. I will have to post something about it. Junior and myself are going to be melting alum. in the back yard any day. I will report the results.
    Just curious,
    What is your plan for melting the aluminium?
    Are you gonna cast a certain part , item?

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    I'd be checking it out too. Not for reselling as bullion but just to make cool stuff. If you make reverse molds with plastic ones you could make just about anything that already has had a play-doh or cake mold. What I mean is make the mold in clay, dry (bake, whatever) and make a mold of the mold. Then you could cast just about anything out of cans. Or maybe that wouldn't work??? Let's start the section and find out!
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    Casting pot metals is something that is of interest to me. But not enough that I have done much study on it. I have read up on the basics before.

    I'm interested in learning about resin casting also. Things on my list of things to do later and such a later is on the near future list for my plan from planet 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by junkfreak View Post
    Just curious,
    What is your plan for melting the aluminium?
    Are you gonna cast a certain part , item?
    I am doing this because my Son is a ten year old YouTube freak. He found video to make a furnace. The guy calls it a flower pot furnace. It is very easy to make. I bought everything for $50 at Lowes and probably had a few things here but for simplicity sake bought it all. I will post the link to the video below. It was just to easy to pass up on the opportunity. I am now a stay at home Dad. I work around the house and run around in the mornings but spend most of the day with the kids.

    I have a lot of experience in different things. I have done many things. I want my kids to be functioning men. So we do stuff, build things, projects. Got to get them off the xBox. I just want my kids to understand the world and how things work. You may not be able to buy it someday. McGuyver is no longer on TV!!!

    I am going to cast some simple Alum. Ingots and maybe sell on eBay. I do plan to take on some more interesting casting projects in the future. For now it is just me and junior in the yard catching stuff on fire and melting things!!!



    I have to tell you I feel this is a must watch video. When you see how easy it is you'll be running to Lowes.

    Materials List

    6 Gallon Metal Bucket
    25 lbs. Plaster of Paris
    1 Bag Play Sand
    Black Iron Pipe
    PVC Pipe
    PVC Coupler
    1 Bag of Charcoal

    $50.00 with candy purchase for MJ and Declan.

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    Yeah I've seen the video before.
    I raised all my kids ,two daughters, two sons, too work with tools and to think outside the box. They were not allowed to get their drivers license until they could explain how a combustion engine worked.
    By time my youngest was 12 he could name ever part on a car or truck.
    The sad look on his face when I told he still had to wait 3 years to get his learners, nearly broke my heart. Needless to say I'd let him drive when ever we were on a country road.

    He works on all my vehicles now.
    Teaching your kids stuff like this is smart. I know a lot of adults my age that couldn't tell you where to add motor oil in an engine.
    My daughters know more about practical, mechanical application than their husbands. Lol

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    I have a lot of interest in metal casting with a experience in Investment Casting, Stainless Steel Casting, and Lost Wax Castings. I know a good knowledge of the metal casting.
    Last edited by mangaliron; 06-13-2017 at 05:00 AM.

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    Very first post here.
    I too am collecting materials for my furnace.
    I have a 500,000btu torch for my build, I'm going with the forced air/propane method.
    For my furnace I was going for fire-brick & refractory mortar. But I see folks using the ceramic blanket, should I consider this as well or stick with my original thought?
    I want to melt aluminum so that I can do some casting for my project.
    I don't have a crucible though and I see some go with a steel can and some go with the professional brands. My problem is finding a supplier of a quality crucible without having to sell my kidney.
    Appreciate any advice on this topic, thanks guys...

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    I have one for sale but it cost a kidney.
    For the record I like the K-Wool, I haven't started melting anything but I was wondering the same thing Murdock.

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    If you are just doing aluminum cans a stainless steel thermos will work as a crucible (says youtube). I plan on firing mine up for the first time this weekend.


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