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Metalcasting 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0071342469
ISBN-10: 007134246X
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Want to cast and finish an art bronze? Make one-of-a-kind jewelry piece? From finding supplies to using innovative casting, molding, and finishing techniques, this learn-as-you-go book - a hit with hobbyists for nearly 20 years - gives you an unbeatable introduction to the rewards of metalcasting. Packed with easy-to-follow instructions, illustrations, patterns, and more, Metalcasting helps you set up your home shop...design projects...work safely...and get professional results, even if you're a beginner. GET PROFESSIONAL METALCASTING RESULTS FROM THE START: Create works of art, furniture, hobby items, jewelry, even machine parts. Use the latest bonded molds for quicker results; perform precision casting with new techniques; Make your own patterns with time-saving directions or use ready-made patterns in this book; Discover the many varieties of casting and molding you can learn step by step; Use the Croning Process, slush casting, the CO2 method, die casting, and more in your own shop; Finish your pieces beautifully with new patination techniques; Learn how to make your hobby profitable.

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Product Details

  • Series: Craftmaster
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (October 21, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007134246X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071342469
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you do not have any other books by the author, C. W. Ammen, then this is a good book. However, if you already have "The Metalcaster's Bible" or "Complete Handbook of Sandcasting" then you already have 90% of this book.
Most of the illustrations and definitions are right out of these other two books. I was dissappointed with this book because I already had the other two books and bought this book for the new information it contained. There's a picture of a permanent mold being poured on the cover with no further explanation in the book about it. Just a short definition. I had bought this book because I thought it dealt with this process in depth. It does not. The cover is misleading.
There is however, a good section on building your own burn out oven for investment casting which is not in any of his other books.
As in his other books, some of the definitions are somewhat sketchy. He refers to "sharp sand" throughout the book with no definition of what it is. He tells of a Nitric Acid test for silicon where you let the mixture boil. Does this mean dissolving the metal (bubbling) or actually boiling the acid over a stove. If you try the latter, it could have severe consequences.
If I saw this book in a bookstore and had a chance to glance through the pages, I would not have bought it as it's almost a direct copy of his other books. If I did not have his other books, I would buy "The complete Handbook of Sand Casting" or the "Metal Caster's Bible" as they contain the same information and illustrations and are half the price.
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This is a big thick paperback book, that you might think goes into great detail and has a lot of descriptions. Unfortunatly, there is just some background and and brief descriptions of different things. Also, almost half the book is devoted to a glossary. If you want to find out about sand casting, "The complete Sand Casting Manual" also written by him though still not complete, is the book for you.
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This book is great for newbies to Metal casting, it provides great details in creating molds, furnaces, and the do's and don'ts.

It gives several different types of molds from sand molds to plaster molds, and gives the advantages and disavantages of both. It explains the various types of furnaces from coke, propane, to waste oil. Finally it gives in perfect detail the causes for various abnormalties in your caste. . .

Great book to get started with. .
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By B. Allen on September 13, 2005
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This text is great for the sand molder. There is a depth of knowledge that few others can illustrate in a clear manner. Also notable is the glossary of casting terms that takes up the last half of the book with drawings and clear language. I would recommend that every beginning metal caster buy this item, and every experienced caster peek at it when nobody is looking. Thumbs Up!

His book Cast Iron is the bible for ferrous metals.
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This book reads more like a technical manual than anything else. I don't happen to have access to any of the high end machinery that this book spotlights for use so, in the end, what real use is this book to me?
I was hoping to find some examples of "Garage" type metal casting OR casting metal for the beginner but there's no such info contained in this book.
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Lots of facts in this book, but it lacks a chapter on an easy start for the beginner. The book is written for the experienced amateur who wants to learn more. Metalcasting
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By Lhins on September 24, 2012
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This book has tons of useful information! In my own opinion, the author uses advanced terms. I think, the book needs to use more basic terms. I found myself looking up a bunch of terms. But, in the end I do know more because of it. So in conclusion, be ready to look things up. Overall, I give the book 5 stars!!!
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