- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: David J Gingery Publishing, LLC (February 18, 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1878087002
- ISBN-13: 978-1878087003
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Charcoal Foundry (Build Your Own Metal Working Shop from Scrap, Vol. 1)
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Top Customer Reviews
His book is informative and entertaining, but keep in mind that he is not an expert -- he says so himself in the preface of his book -- if you do decide to set up a foundry at home, do additional research!
It covers all of the essentials, and guides you step-by-step through the process of building your charcoal-fired furnace. No prior experience in any form of metalworking or handicrafts is required, although some carpentry experience is rather useful. I am a full-time welding and machining student, and this(and Dave's other books in this series), are literally a dream come true.
If you enjoy tinkering with stuff, and dream about being a machinist/foundryman/all-around do-it-yourselfer, then you owe it to yourself to get this book, and the others in the series.
That said, this is not necessarily all bad. By poring over the whole book again and again, trying things out, going back to the book and doing research elsewhere, I learned a lot more than if he'd handed it all to me on a platter. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to try "something different" that was also cheap. It's really not hard to do--a friend could help you get it all done in a weekend. The only real difficulty is getting one's mind around new concepts and obtaining items you may never have even known existed before.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was drawn in by price and reviews. I was hoping for a bit more examples and discussion about methods. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Wyatt Mustful
I connected with this book on a very personal level. The fundamental thoughts leading to this series were like they came from me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Martin
Great info. Would recommend for anyone starting casting aluminum home foundry. I am using lost plastic method which is not in book but principles apply.Published 4 months ago by Rick V.
love it. very informative. highly recommended for everyone who is doing hobby blacksmithing.Published 4 months ago by Master Gargoyle