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Casting Aluminum Paperback – 1985

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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Tab; First Edition edition (1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830619100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830619108
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,017,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I run a small aluminum foundry. This book has proved to be invaluable. Much about blending sand and different alloys. Also includes sections on homemade foundry furnaces. I wish I had read this part when I was making my furnaces. Lots of practical advice.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Railway Bob on May 6, 2010
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We take for granted the things we use every day - the pots and pans, the knives and forks, the engine in our car, the lawn chairs we sit on - without understanding how they were manufactured. A few of us become interested in wanting to know how these things are made and so we search for information on how to make the bits and pieces that have gone into the manufacture of these "things". We search the Internet, visit our local library, join the relevant discussion forums, and ask our friends if they have friends who know how these things are made. While we get some of the answers on the Internet, the information comes in bits and pieces. We start looking for sources where the information is all in one place. Perhaps a book on the subject, maybe!?

Now, I've over-simplified the opening to this review as most of us who are searching for such a book already have an understanding about the subject of metal-casting, including the casting of brass and bronze. This book takes that basic information way beyond the "how to" of making patterns, core boxes, sand cores, flasks, and mold boards - although these items are reviewed in detail. Ammen not only discusses how to melt aluminum, how to reduce the dross, how to add the flux and why is aluminum always referred to as "aluminum alloy", but a whole lot more.

While long out of print, C.W Ammen, in this book "Casting Aluminum", answers all of these questions and more in the same easy-to-read manner as his other books, including "The Complete Book of Sandcasting". An experienced foundryman, Ammen explains and illustrates the art of melting and casting aluminum in terms that the most junior of backyard metal casters can understand, but, at the same time, gives a technical description of how and why it works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Kennedy on June 16, 2014
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This book was surprisingly expensive for a paperback, now I understand why. It thoroughly covers the subject of casting aluminum. It covers how to build many varieties of forges and all the different types of fuels possible to use. There's a chapter on crucible types and the interactions of them with aluminum. The author even goes into great detail of the problems encountered when casting with aluminum - so far, no other author provides this information. The #1 subject covered by this book (in my opinion), and I suspect the reason it is so expensive is, it covers how a home casting enthusiast can make aluminum alloys! If you are serious about casting with aluminum, you NEED a copy of this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Truth on July 28, 2011
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A good read for beginning casting in-depth information on imperfections and a detailed list of different suppliers. As well as information on different foundry types and info. on aluminum.
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By Tom Shrake on September 29, 2014
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A good book no damage
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