If you want to know what tools I use, check the list below. If you click on links many of them are affiliate links which pass along a small portion of the cost to me. If you don’t see something, contact me and ask. I would be glad to add any missing items. Here they are:
Crucible – I use a #6 clay graphite crucible from McMaster-Carr. I have also ordered #6 crucibles from Amazon, but I received #8 crucibles instead. They may have fixed the labeling problem, but if you feel like rolling the dice you could try that one and may end up with a larger crucible at no extra cost.
Surface Plate – I picked up my 18″x24″x3″ surface plate at WT Tool in Charlotte NC. I have family near by so this was convenient for me. Having a ~150lb block of granite shipped is not cheap, but the $85 surface plate might even make that tractable for some. Possibly a more economical option is to purchase the Grizzly surface plate.