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New furnace.

June 24th, 2012

This weekend I started building my new furnace after having gone to buy the fire bricks last weekend. I am using Pyrolite bricks from a place on Bruce McLaren drive (the famous NZ race driver/car builder – he started in an Austin 7!). Pyrolite bricks. During the week I was looking for a suitable steel […]

An LPG burner for the foundry.

June 12th, 2012

Tonight I came home and decided I shouldn’t be working on the car due to a sore wrist (aggravated by all the sawing and hand filing) so instead I looked at building an LPG burner to use in my foundry.  I had spent some time looking into different designs and basically decided to chuck something […]

Making flasks.

May 26th, 2012

Today, after going out to buy a scroll saw, I stopped at Bunnings and got some wood to make some flasks for casting. When I got home I first did something I  have been meaning to do for a while. That was to route out a slot and bolts a length of angle iron to […]

First melt!

May 20th, 2012

Today it finally isn’t raining so I got outside and fired up the furnace. Originally I was just planning on cooking the crucibles but things went so well I couldn’t wait and went ahead and melted some aluminium! I set everything up outside on top of some dry bricks from under the house. On opening […]

Foundry tools and crucibles.

May 19th, 2012

Today I spent some time making the crucibles and tools for my foundry. First I cut out two discs od 5mm steel to use as the base of the crucibles. I bevelled the edges of these then welded them into the bottom of the metal pipes I had. Welded in bases. I made the welds […]

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