Synopses & Reviews
Melting metal and pouring castings is an extremely valuable skill when designing and building machinery. But casting metal can be a whole lot more than that!
Whitmoyer will show you how to take Gingery's charcoal furnace and push it into new areas. You'll learn how to build and operate a charcoal furnace capable of melting 2 1/2 quarts of aluminum. You'll learn how to make a beautifully simple yet easy-to-handle crucible, flasks, a molding table, and all the other components you'll need.
You'll learn how to mold and cast plaques, a sundial, solid figurines, penny bank replicas, and a large fountain that would cost you a fortune to buy.
One of the strongest points of this book is the info on lost wax casting techniques. You'll learn simple techniques of using plaster-of-Paris to make incredibly detailed castings. Wait until you get a good look at the chess set he cast! Beautiful work!
If you love casting metal, you must get a copy of this, it will round out your abilities and will enable you to cast objects that might be a whole lot easier to sell than something like indexing heads. In other words, the skills here could make you some money on the side.