Monday, February 7, 2011

Foundry Fun

As a kid (13-15 y/o) I found some articles online about how to make your own "coffee can foundry." Me and a friend spent our summer afternoons melting down old soda cans and miscellaneous aluminum parts using nothing more than a a coffee can (modified with holes in the bottom), a few bricks (to let air in under the coffee can), charcoal briquettes, a steel soup can (as a crucible), and most importantly, a hair dryer (to get those coals nice and hot!) We probably went through 50 pounds of aluminum, casting our names out in the dirt.

This guy took the same premise and make it ten times more awesome. He uses furnace cement to insulate his propane burner powered foundries. Most of it is old (circa 2001~) but it caught my eye. Besides melting scrap, he does a lot with metal working and other workshop activities. Neat.



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