MY HOME FOUNDRY &
A WORD OF WARNING
This is about my home
foundry/pattern shop. The techniques shown here are what I have learned over a
long time, for me it is natural and by no means should be taken as an
instructional media. As a word warning, this is not a safe hobby for the
uneducated, it takes time and a willingness to learn. I'm not here to instruct
anyone on the "only and proper way" as that does not exist. And I'll take no
responsilbity for any injury or death by trying to imitate anything that is
Now is when I should talk about safety. This will be the only time I will talk
about it. Darwin is a great teacher, don't be one of his failing students. Just
remember, it's your life, your fingers, eyes that you could lose. Molten metal
and machinery have no respect for human life. Pay attention to what is around
you and leave a way out if there's trouble.
SO HERE WE GO
So all that being
said, lets take a look at who I am and what I'm doing. First I'm a Journeyman
Patternmaker, served a 5 year apprenticeship starting in 1973. Changed careers
in 1997, I became a CMM programmer and cad designer, I'm still doing that. I did
have a short stint as a cnc programmer. Maybe I will have time to include some
of my other hobbies too. But right now I'll stick to the foundry, patternmaking
and cnc programming.
This whole web page and project thing started when I read an article about a
Sterling engine. I had always wanted to build a steam engine but, it seems, so
does everyone else. I wanted something different. An engine that runs on hot
air, that sounds like me. This one was all machined, but I wanted to do it with
castings. Having all the wood and metal working tools, I just needed a way to
cast the parts I needed. So the foundry was born. But one thing leads to another
and a single project has turned into several. This web page for one, as things
progress I'll try to maintain this site and keep up with the progress of the
Stirling engine or steam engine, seems like I may have to build both.
· PATTERN SHOP ·
FOUNDRY · CNC PROGRAMMING ·
PROJECTS · LINKS ·
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing
over and over and expecting different results.
Any comments feel free to contact: Dave
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