Category Archives for "Metal"

Killer Efficiency Scrapping Aluminum

By Cressel

Your aluminum foundry operation should be efficient. Optimizing your feedstock pipeline is critical to profitable casting regardless the size of your foundry. Don’t let your process rob you of time or money. If you process scrap aluminum, you need to use the steps below to instantly improve your foundry’s efficiency. I go into detail below, but here are the […]

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Shaper Column Front Casting and Column Assembly

By Cressel

As you know I started building a Gingery Shaper recently. In this part of the series, I use the lost foam casting method to create the column front. Then I add the vertical ways and assemble the column front. I now have the initial column assembly completed. Note that only two fasteners are used because […]

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Column Sides – Pattern Making and Casting

By Cressel

I have started the Gingery shaper project. I am following the instructions in the The Metal Shaper book; however, I will be adapting it to metric dimensions and with metric hardware–at least for the most part. I also know of at least a couple other departures from the design in the book that I am […]

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Makercise Log – 20170311

By Cressel

Gingery shaper column sides

In this log, I will discuss what I accomplished this week. I spent the majority of my time this week modeling the shaper. I also built an overhead hoist to help with molding particularly for the column side and other large molds. I edited and released a status update video. Finally, I cast the second of the […]

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Portable Lightweight Propane Foundry

By Cressel

Would you like to be able to melt aluminum anywhere? Well, I certainly do. I wanted to melt aluminum to demonstrate metal casting at Maker Faire Atlanta but did not have a feasible foundry in which to do so. My kiln would be too slow for regular demonstrations. My old kerosene foundry was languishing in […]

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Kiln Controller – Internet of Things

By Cressel

Ever since my wife snagged a $10 kiln from a thrift store my aluminum has been much hotter than desirable when comes the time to pour. This is because with my kerosene fueled foundry, I had to constantly babysit it. There was no super heating of the aluminum because I was right there watching it. […]

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Building Your Own Metal Lathe

By Cressel

I am building a Gingery Metal Lathe, I keep adding to the playlist below. Subscribe to my channel on YouTube and configure alerts for my channel if you want to receive notificantion when I add videos.  I downloaded the first three books in the series for Kindle.  Morgan Demers inspired me with his videos of […]

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The Maker Guide to Recycling Metal

By Cressel

Shortly after I started welding and casting metal, I started accumulating piles of metal. Couple that with the periodic repairs around the house and my propensity for accumulating junk; I needed a solution to dispose of metal. There are many places that will help you discard your scrap metal, and will reward you in the […]

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