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    Sticky: I was casting out more steam engine parts again...

    I was casting out more steam engine parts again today, had to break out the really massive crucible to pour that thing, and man did it use alot more metal than I thought it would, lol. I got the top...
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    For the soap for working out in the shop, I tend...

    For the soap for working out in the shop, I tend to take one of the pumice scouring sticks for cleaning porcelain, take a rubber mallet and just beat the crap out of it till it's a fine dust, then I...
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    oh, slippery and sticky, sounds like a real fun...

    oh, slippery and sticky, sounds like a real fun of a night, lol.
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    lol vilbert, I know how that is, I deal with some...

    lol vilbert, I know how that is, I deal with some pretty black oil and stuff with my furnace and various other jobs that come along. The worst has to be the oil out of diesel trucks. I get that stuff...
  5. lol, I defenitely wouldnt want to do that. I...

    lol, I defenitely wouldnt want to do that. I think it was mythbusters that tried a 55 gallon drum of match sticks, and when they lit it, it went off with a massive fireball and was actually quite...
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    yea, just stay upwind and you should be fine....

    yea, just stay upwind and you should be fine. Alot of people on here cast or have tried to cast gunmetal, which is also known as red brass in the US, but it contains lead and the melting temps of it...
  7. The number for denotes the alloying metals that...

    The number for denotes the alloying metals that are added to make up that specific alloy. We usually like using A356, which is an alloy that the main alloying component besides aluminum itself, is...
  8. Thread: Aluminum Scrap

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    A356 is usually found in car and engine parts,...

    A356 is usually found in car and engine parts, aluminum wheel rims, I usually get my source from junk lawnmower engines or car parts.

    You can make an alloy similar to a356 by combining junk...
  9. Thread: Aluminum Scrap

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    yea, I used to melt the two together until I...

    yea, I used to melt the two together until I realized there is a massive difference in strength between the two when cast, massive difference in machining the stuff, the way that the alloys all flow...
  10. It wont work, the glass would melt almost...

    It wont work, the glass would melt almost instantly. If you want to see what happens, try sticking a lightbulb in a microwave or look on youtube to see that example, lol. They usually last 10-15...
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    I'd be afraid of doing that because of the...

    I'd be afraid of doing that because of the water/moisture in the pumpkin, and ending up with a steam pop. A steam pop would be lethal at molten iron temps when that pops back up at you.
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    Thats why I stick everything of importance in my...

    Thats why I stick everything of importance in my camper, then when your ready to move, just pull the camper to the new location and your done, lol.
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    I cant say anything because from time to time, I...

    I cant say anything because from time to time, I still do use them with my small furnace, but only with small steel crucibles. I would never use them with a clay/graphite crucible.
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    Old Furnace Article

    I was looking up something last night and found this, I figured someone would find this amusing. It's from popular mechanics, february, 1940....
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    yea, I was talking about a home setup, not an...

    yea, I was talking about a home setup, not an industrial setting. The ones I saw for the cupola looking things were made of clay and built up like a giant flower vase kinda looking thing, it just...
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    lol, if your talking about paul from paul's...

    lol, if your talking about paul from paul's garage on youtube, he actually started out on here and is actually on here atm, and yes, he defenitely did the research before he even came here.

    I saw...
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    lol, I agree with you there jagboy, too many BS...

    lol, I agree with you there jagboy, too many BS on tv anymore and alec steele is insane on the stuff he does. A user on here went and did a video with him while taking one of his classes, so I know...
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    another thing to look at is doing copper inlays...

    another thing to look at is doing copper inlays where people cut inlays in the wood and pack it with thick solid core copper wire, and plane it all down flat, it looks very nice and sounds more of...
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    you dont need to pour over a sand box, just do it...

    you dont need to pour over a sand box, just do it out in a grassy part of the yard with nothing around. You just dont want to do it over concrete or cement. I also agree with using pewter or a low...
  20. Thread: Tiny furnace

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    hey ming, long time no see, how did the coin turn...

    hey ming, long time no see, how did the coin turn out? I have a small furnace I made for small jobs where I can use when I dont want to drag out the massive furnace, but it's made out of a gallon...
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    Welcome to the forum. I cant say anything about...

    Welcome to the forum. I cant say anything about wood furnature and pouring metal onto wood to soak into the grains and such, but I know a few people on here make things out of metal to go with wood...
  22. lol, I was going to post the video in the youtube...

    lol, I was going to post the video in the youtube winners in metal casting thread, but I think by now, the guy just needs his own private section of that thread...
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    I found that charcoal just burns up too easily at...

    I found that charcoal just burns up too easily at those temps and is a pain to get all of the little bits out really quickly. The soda glass just sticks like crazy to everything, and will rip the...
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    Well, the cylinder is pretty much done except...

    Well, the cylinder is pretty much done except making studs for it and the steam chest part. I decided to go with the brass piston after all and I had poured the piston far too cold, which caused it...
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    I use roach killer (boric acid) with it, just put...

    I use roach killer (boric acid) with it, just put it in when it just wants to start melting and it'll melt into a cover liquid, which is almost like a glass, but will prevent the zinc from burning...
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