Build Your Own Home Foundry. It's funny how an event will sort of get stuck in your mind.
I can clearly remember, some 20 years ago, holding a complicated-looking — and expensive — machine part in my hand and thinking how difficult it must be to form that piece. Today, however, I'm able not only to duplicate that part (for pennies), but am able to make just about any component I need — to equip my shop, fix my car or merely tickle my fancy — by going no farther than my own back yard! Did I buy a tool-and-die company? Well, not quite. Instead, you might say I "founded" one, for a total investment of about $30 and the time it took me to learn, through experience, the basics of home metal casting.
Establishing a Compact Foundry Believe it or not, it's fairly easy to establish a compact foundry at home, since — if you enjoy puttering around the house — you probably already have on hand most of what you need to build one. Foundry. The Home Foundry (Safety Note : Metal casting is an inherently dangerous activity, with possible injurious or fatal consequences.
Any person who wishes to utilize the information presented here or in the links must do so at his or her own risk! ) Metal castings are a mainstay of the live steaming hobby, just as they are in prototype use. They may have a wider use in models, as castings may be used in boilers and in running gear components which in prototype practice are forgings or press-formed sheets. The pressures of global competition, environmental and safety issues, and the exacting requirements of modern industry has led to the general decline of the old-time local foundry in most portions of the U.S, particularly on the west coast.
Research The journey began with a trip to the local library. The next stop was to check out what's out on the internet. Application This little furnace, though crude, is very handy for small pours and is the one I use the most. Supplies Caution Freedom. Ray Rogers Handcrafted Knives. One of the most expensive and mysterious parts of a forced air forge is the forge blower.
Not just any blower will do the job and buying a professional forge blower is pretty expensive, especially for a beginner. To work properly on a good sized forge a blower should be rated at 100 to 150 cfm and from 32 to 40 ounces of static pressure. That last part is the killer because almost nobody puts the pressure rating on their blowers. Here's how you can build a forge blower for almost nothing that can exceed those specifications. The above picture shows all the major components that you will need. My blower wheel came from eBay. My motor shaft is 1/2" so I needed a blower that would accept that size. My motor has a face mount that consists of 3 screw holes. Next, I cut the pail down to match the width of the wheel plus about another inch. The lid would no longer fit the pail after it was cut down so I cut the rim off the lid and flipped it over.
The finished blower. Zoeller Forge Home Page Gas Forge parts, Atmospheric Burners, an. How to build a home foundry. Ron's Forge Page. (Image by permission from "The Plaza del Herrero" in Ecuador.)
Forge and Burner Design Page #1. Forge and Burner Design Page #1 (Note: This page is now broken into two pages, #1 and #2) ©Golden Age Forge Jump to page #2 I am about to forge-weld a Spontoon pipe-ax head.
(This excellent image was taken by my apprentice, Kevin Brown) A New Addition to My Shop - Out of this world! Contact me by phone: (208) 462-4028Note: Due to spam problems I no longer post my e-mail address. Warning! I provide the following information as a service to the blacksmithing community. An additional item that should be of interest to you is obtaining an explosive gas/CO detector for your working space.
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