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Tuesday, December 11th, 2007
4:04 pm
Win this DeWalt Heavy-Duty Reciprocating Saw variable speed


I'd like to let you know about this New Years Resolution Home Improvement contest:

You just have to write your home improvement resolutions for the new year and you could win a DeWalt Heavy-Duty Reciprocating Saw, variable speed, product #DW303.

It is very easy to enter. No purchase necessary and it is open to US and Canada. Ends January 14, 2008

The contest is here:

Monday, October 15th, 2007
12:50 pm
Core box plane
also found this last week. it is an interesting tool.
  • Core Box Plane

  • Monday, January 15th, 2007
    12:29 pm
    Pewter casting project
    Hello! New to the community... although have been interested in metal smithing and jewelry making for many years. :)

    I'd like to ask for your assistance and advice. My dilemma: a new project on a short timeline. Details are here...
    Thanks in advance for your help!

    Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
    11:08 pm
    Silicon (ish) Bronze
    I have a bunch of copper plumbing scraps and I was thinking of trying to melt them down and pour them out as silicon bronze (c65500) bars. I read somewhere your suposed to use phosphorus flux when melting copper or it will turn out like crap, and danged' if that wasn't what it did last time! My first experiment I was trying to make something that would be able to be forged so I added quite a bit of silver to it, that helped but it still turned out pretty weak and crumbly. So this time I thought I would try to get some advice first. I have silicon and manganese, but no idea were to even get phosphorus. Also is the solder they sweat the pipes with bad for things? If anyone is nice enough to help me maybe I will be able to post some pictures of fire and molten metal and stuff, thanks.
    Monday, December 4th, 2006
    7:16 pm
    Thursday, April 20th, 2006
    4:12 pm
    Been a while
    so i/we have not posted in a while. nothing is new here except i am healthy and planning to get casting as the weather turns nicer. the foundry is all happy and ready to use, but the missing piece is patterns. i am looking for some simple things already made to practice my molding skills. the self-made patterns will come as that skill gets better too. right now it is mostly a patience thing.

    what's new with you guys? looking for ideas and examples. thanks and good luck.
    Saturday, October 29th, 2005
    11:18 am
    I was driving my bus the other day when a flatbed truck in front of me lost a box that hadn't been secured properly. Soon there were what looked like machined discs of aluminum rolling all over the road. My first thought was that I wish I could come back later and pick up what was possibly a couple hundred pounds of free scrap for melting and casting. Of course stopping on the highway to pick up scrap isn't the best and safest thing to do right?
    Wednesday, September 14th, 2005
    11:43 am
    Labor Day Fun
    If i can manage to shrink the photos some, i may try to post a couple. I had a couple of friends over for fun on monday, Labor Day. was a good HOT time of melting. this time was just making ingots from the scrap pile... but it was also a little practice in the skills of the sand molding. the sand was not in good condition. too dry and crumbly, but it was good enough to do a couple open molds of my ingot bars. i haven't even made a dent in the scrap pile, but the new tools and melting pot are working well. it has been a busy summer. hopefully i/we can get in some more melting before the cold sets in.

    Current Mood: cheerful
    Tuesday, May 24th, 2005
    10:32 pm
    Does anyone have a quick and dirty zinc electroplating method using easily obtainable materials, my fall back is my quick and dirty copper plating with pool chemicals and a battery charger, which works... but there is all these (solid) zinc siding scrap at work and then everything would color match too, any ideas?
    Tuesday, April 26th, 2005
    8:58 pm
    foam lathe... creative, perhaps useful
    i found this on http://www.abymc.com tonight.

    a simple 'lathe' for foam
    Sunday, April 3rd, 2005
    9:10 pm
    Happy daylight savings
    well it is now warm enough to work outside. i uncovered the little furnace and made preparations to use it. nothing yet, but i am inching toward doing it. i still need a lifting handle and pouring shank for the new larger melting pot. but i can use the pint-sized (literally) cast iron pot that can be lifted full of aluminum with a pair of pliers and welding gloves. i am anxious to make up more patterns and cast them in the sand. i played with the sand a little in the basement this winter to keep it tempered. i think it is ready. anyone have decent alternatives to real parting compound? something household in nature? i have a few sources to call for the good stuff, but i haven't done it yet. thanks.
    Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005
    10:53 pm
    5:08 pm
    Crucible complete
    i have finished my simple cheapo steel pipe crucible. it should hold one quart+. so i feel it is enough to begin the projects of gingery. i also have a few simple projects to warm up/dust off the skills. i will see about posting a picture once i get it to the computer.

    basic idea of crucible is 1/8" wall steel pipe, 4 1/2" diameter. about 7-8" tall and a round plate welded to the bottom. today i heated and smithed in a pouring spout. that was a good time. better hot than cold. i wasn't getting anywhere doing it cold. also 4 hands are better than 2 for that.

    i am excited for construction season to start again. i am hoping to unearth some rail/track when they tear into Central Ave. in MPLS this summer. they had some in the section the did last year, but i didn't think of it until it was too late. they also had original pavers, very old. BTW, the rail is for cutting into anvil length pieces for hammering on.

    Current Mood: geeky
    Monday, March 21st, 2005
    10:08 pm
    I recently obtained two bags of sand blasting media, it looks white, would anyone know if this would be suitable for sand casting if I was so inclined? or can you just use any old sand, besides from the beach of course, salt I am assuming would be bad.
    10:36 pm
    Spring is coming!!!
    it will soon be warm enough to melt outside. get the sands ready. my container is in the basement all warm and mixed. can't wait to use it. i have been making a few of the basic patterns for the Gingery Lathe. who knows if that will ever get done, but i intend to start on it at least. i am hoping i can get the bed milled at work so i don't have to mess with hand scraping. that would be nice. one pass on eac side and it is flat and parallel to .0001". i'd even use the manual mills if i can, i don't mind. anyhow, i just wanted to start the flow of entries here. COME ON AND POST SOME! okay that is enough for me.


    Current Mood: refreshed
    Monday, February 14th, 2005
    11:52 pm
    a different furnace idea
    here is another style of furnace that looks fun to use... Reverbratory.

    10:47 pm
    Wednesday, January 19th, 2005
    10:47 am
    10:02 am
    Wednesday, October 20th, 2004
    8:46 am
    Hi - I just joined this wee community :)
    I've never done any kind of casting before (but I'd really like to!)
    I'm a pitifully broke 23 year old architecture/interiors student with a penchant for craft. I've had some minor experience with welding and the use of manual lathes, but beyond that, not a whole lot of know-how when it comes to metals.

    I have the luck and fortune to live with a wonderful machinist with lots of scrap lying around, so I'm thinking about making myself a little foundry in the back yard to get my start. I've nosed around backyardmetalcasting.com and some of the Lindsay (and Gingery) sites to gain some familiarity with the terms and procedures.

    Because I'm a broke starving student, the process of collecting the appropriate materials, tools, and resources will take a while, but when I do finally get around to getting a proper "workshop" in order, you bet I'll be here asking a million questions :)

    My first being:

    What's the first thing I should buy? Which books are best for someone who knows none of the terminology? I want to avoid stumbling blindly into this as much as possible. More importantly, what risky mistakes or hairy situations can I avoid by learning from your first-hand experiences?

    Thanks so much, everyone :)
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