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ALUMINUM CASTING

Discussion in 'How I Made It: Tutorials' started by FORGE, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. FORGE

    FORGE Active Member

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    This was done about a year ago but thought some new members may be interested in the process.
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  2. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    Great stuff!

    I really like your melting setup. Is that all home made?
    What is it you were casting? It looks sort of like a lap wheel to me.
     
  3. FORGE

    FORGE Active Member

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    Yes it is all home made and a lap wheel was the first thing that we cast.
     
  4. cliffka

    cliffka New Member

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    Dollar Mountain Forge & Ruana Knives use that process for casting handles on knives, but I'm not sure how it is done without messing up the heat treat.
     
  5. poppa bear

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    I've done this myself but I just use a 40 gal oil drum, spent small lp tank with the top cut off and a bunch of wood.

    Bring it to red hot and add pop cans.

    For the casting I use foam and sand method.

    I find it a lot of fun and suggest all to try it.
     
  6. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    The crucible looks like a piece of steel tube.
    Thinking of melting down some copper or brass scraps and was looking for something to use as a crucible.

    Figure if the steel tube was coated with whiteout then nothing should stick to it.
    Does this make sense or should I stick with buying flat bar?
     
  7. FORGE

    FORGE Active Member

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    Buy the flat bar, it is not worth the trouble.
     
  8. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    I was thinking that, second opinion is a good idea at times
     

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