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    Hall of Fame (Threads with incredibly useful information)

    Below are threads which contain exceptional amounts of useful information about a topic. If you're new to this forum and looking for information, one of these threads is a good place to start.

    If you want to suggest a new thread for the list, this thread is the place to do it. This post will stay updated with threads that I (or another mod/admin) determine to be of sufficient quality to make the list.

    Safety thread
    Metalcasting is a dangerous business. Read here to learn how to stay safe. Of course, no safety thread can be comprehensive, so use common sense and caution at all times.

    First, the sticky threads:

    Industrial Flavoring
    This thread contains pictures of the operation of a commercial greensand foundry. Good information on general sand molding, cutting runners and gates, and seeing how sandcasting is done right in the real world. Picture intensive.

    Foundry Tutorial Book
    This is the text of a book, written for beginner and intermediate casters, that attempts to cover (or at least touch on) just about everything the hobbyist needs to know to get started. More easily readable versions are available on my website (link in my signature). If you are completely new to casting, go here first.

    Improving your Alloys
    This thread covers alloying and touches on fluxing and degassing practices.

    DIY Refractory Compositions
    A good overview of ceramic chemistry and a lot of recipes and testing of homemade refractories.

    Construction Materials
    A useful list of suppliers for hard-to-find materials.

    Simple Draft and Full Mold Patterns
    Lost foam and greensand molding. Picture intensive.

    abby's foundry [Lost wax casting]
    Lost wax investment processes, making wax molds with RTV silicone, and model making.

    1/3 Scale smallblock Chevy
    Sand molding, patternmaking, and machining. Picture intensive.


    Now, the rest of the threads. These weren't quite of sticky quality, but still contain valuable information.

    Casting

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?2398
    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?2429
    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?2443
    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?2461
    These four threads deal with melting and casting iron, and a tricky greensand mold.

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?2729
    Ceramic shell casting

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?281
    Lost foam casting

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?2813
    Vacuum die casting

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?1572
    Gating discussion

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?3079
    Gating, risering, and matchplate discussion.

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?714
    Aluminum flux and degassing

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?2509
    Making a muller

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?2090
    DIY tools of all types


    Burners:

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?2076
    Modified Reil burner (propane)

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?88
    Ursutz burner (oil)

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?2304
    Moya burner (oil)

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?2895
    Nudge burner (oil and compressed air, no preheat)


    Refractories:

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?1591
    Commercial castable and kaowool furnace

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?5
    Info on DIY refractories

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?3543
    Refractory volume calculator


    Ceramics:

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?1996
    Crucible making

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?2341
    Clay/foam refractory

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?35
    Paperclay

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?173
    Making a potter's wheel

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?24
    Making a kiln


    Model Making:

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?1716
    Model locomotives

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showth...8-Model-V-Twin
    Model engine

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?2721
    Model cannon


    Reference

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?882
    Lots and lots of useful links.

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showth...oks-and-Plans.
    Foundry e-books

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?4167
    Foseco Non-Ferrous Foundryman's Handbook


    Miscellaneous:

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?4221
    Air-Carbon Arc Cutting and Gouging

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?2310
    Welding

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?1570
    Buying machine tools

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?1151
    Knife making

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?1140
    Aqua regia and the chemistry of precious-metal refining

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?13
    Making an induction furnace

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?957
    Synthesis of biodiesel

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?2386
    Building a wood chipper.

    http://www.alloyavenue.com/vb/showthread.php?1841
    Polishing castings.

    Also, here is an online map of the real-world locations of some of the forum's members. Use this thread if you want to be added to the map.
    Last edited by PatJ; 07-22-2012 at 07:06 PM.
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    Thanks Anon, I'm honored .

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    This is awesome Anon, thank you for putting in the time and effort!

    Murray

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    sandcrab said:
    Thanks Anon, I'm honored .
    Likewise.

    Here are some more ideas, HHWC's Tech Specs http://www.backyardmetalcasting.com/...highlight=tech has useful links in.

    Also don't be so modest, put in a few more of your own threads , definitely add your wood chipper in the miscellaneous section.

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    Added both.

    By the way, if anyone has noticed their postcount going down in the past couple of days, it's because I've been cleaning up the threads that go in here. Especially with that links thread: I merged about fifteen posts into two or three.

    Putting that list together was a ton of work (I read over, in detail, probably twice the number of threads that actually made it on the list, and skimmed a bunch more), but it's something this forum has needed for a long time, and hopefully now it'll pay off. Plus, I dredged up a lot of info that I'd forgotten about in the process of reading all those old threads.
    The process of turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones can at times require the use of a large sledgehammer.

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    Turnabout is fair play

    Rowan Patel has that good link to all the online books and stuff.
    http://www.backyardmetalcasting.com/...asc&highlight=

    It's amazing to know how much info is on here but you can't find it as fast as you want and just let it go.
    Heat them up, mold them out.

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    Done, along with a little reorganization.
    The process of turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones can at times require the use of a large sledgehammer.

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    Thanks for all the time and hard work you put in here. This is a great resource for everyone.
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    better part of a day gone, and still a long way to go looking at all of the great threads.

    Fantastic job Anon, thanks for your very effective efforts.

    I had a horse slip on some concrete, hooves flying every direction one of which got me on the ankle. I spent most of the day with my foot in a bucket of ice water, reading the sticky index.
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    Added the "homegrown tools" thread.
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