The Hell Ya Beller Fun with hot, pointy, sharp, and caustic stuff.

10Jul/100

Casting the Cube

I ended up cutting two copies of the foam version because the first had a flaw in the foam.  The second came out almost perfect and I cast it in aluminum.  After cleaning it up on the lathe, I think it looks pretty good.

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10May/100

Recycled aluminum – first casting

I'm still tuning the new foundry but it's working pretty well now.  I did my first real casting with it yesterday.  This was also my first full cycle project.  Design in CAD, Cut in foam on the CNC router, cast in aluminum.

I wish the finish was a little nicer.  Next time I'll take more time coating it with drywall mud and ramming it in sand better.

12Nov/090

New Project – foundry 2.0

My old foundry, a gingery style charcoal burner, showed me how much I like casting aluminum. However, it's messy, burns a lot of charcoal, and the lid was breaking down. So I'm going to build a new one. This time I'm going to build a propane burner and spend a bit more time to make it a more permanent tool in my arsenal. I'm basing my design around a foundry built by 'Splint' on CNCzone. The first pic is what's left of foundry 1.0.

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I found this old propane tank lying in a neighbor's ditch and she gave it to me. I cut it down to size based on a 3 inch wall and a crucible no bigger than 6 inches in diameter.

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