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A MAKE-YOUR-OWN GUIDE FOR HARD-TO-FIND SMALL PARTS!

Using this excellent sourcebook as a guide, you can easily make high quality, defect-free castings for almost any purpose ... at amazingly low cost! Just some of the countless uses you'll find for this potentially profitable skill ... making obsolete or vintage car parts, hood ornaments, garden and fireplace tools, kitchen utensils, automotive parts, replacing broken antique parts, reproducing sculpture, plaques, and other art ... all kinds of decorative and useful objects for your own use or to sell!

Writing in nontechnical language, author William Cannon provides all the instruction you need to cast any part ... putting an end to those long and often unfruitful scavenger hunts through shops, flea markets, and swap meets. This time- and money-saving second edition of the "bible" on casting small metal and rubber parts guides you through all the basics of foundry work.

You'll learn how to reproduce or create new items of brass, bronze, or other metals ... or almost anything made of rubber. Cannon shows you how to organize your own home workshop -- the equipment you'll need, how much it costs, and how to set it all up! You can even open your own full- or part-time business.

You'll discover which metal is better for certain jobs and why, how to choose molding sands, how to design and produce molds, and how to repair castings. Plus information is included on coremaking, casting problems and their causes, finishing castings and correcting defects ... even chapters on grinding, polishing, and buffing. Plus the completely updated and revised information on casting rubber parts will bring up up-to-date on all the recent developments in polyurethane rubber.

About the Author

WIlliam A. Cannon is Technical Editor of Skinned Knuckles Magazine, a monthly magazine for automobile collectors and restorers. He has spent over 30 years as a materials engineer and scientist in the chemical, automotive, and aerospace industries.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 2 edition (February 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830604146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830604142
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excellent book, well illustrated and very readable text.
alan c heuer
Excellent book for casting small rubber parts useful in auto restoration worth the money!!!
Paul E. Malecki
This is a very good book and I recommend it to anyone starting hobby casting.
Lyle Landstrom

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By toolingjim on January 1, 2002
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This is the only source I have ever found for non-commercial molding of rubberlike compounds. While this 1986 edition does not address possible new developments in this area (Loctite now sells material which appears to be the same as the Devcon product highlighted in the book), it is the only information I have ever seen on creating rubber parts for the home hobbyist and restorer. The chapter on weights and volumes is valuable, as these materials are rather expensive. The metal casting section is similar to others on the market, and is primarily focused on sand casting of aluminum. This limited focus, skimming over most other methods and materials, limits it to a four star rating. If you want to mold rubber parts though, this is IT.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Henry G. on February 28, 2010
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I have a background in similar skills and I was interested in this book because I wanted a knowledge of working with rubber, but a better title would have been "How To Cast Small Metal And RUBBERY Parts". There is no coverage of actual rubber. So that being said, the book is very comprehensive and the author gives very accurate and easy to understand information.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn these skills, just know it covers urethanes as rubber and not rubber.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 1999
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An amateur can quickly learn casting techniques to make small and simple metal and rubber parts by following examples and illustrations in this book. The Make it yourself foundry equipments chapter is helpful for beginner to start with this hobby without spending too much money. However, the main technique presented is sand casting, there is not enough examples or info on other casting techniques.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lyle Landstrom on January 9, 2010
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For someone just getting into hobby metal or rubber casting, this is singlehandedly the best book on the subject. Although there are numerous other books, most of them are either poorly written or have too much information. This book has just enough information to allow you to build your own cheap metal crucible furnace and show you how to use it. Eventually you will want other books on the subject but only after this book gets you started. The section regarding rubber casting is still usable but it only pertains to one brand of rubber. When referring to this section, be aware that there are many other brands of rubber that can be used but the technique used in this book can be used universally. This is a very good book and I recommend it to anyone starting hobby casting.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 17, 2010
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The overview of metal and rubber casting sections are solid and give you an idea of the scope and directions in which things can be done. It only goes into detail on sand-casting for metal objects, though, and I was really hoping for more detail on lost-wax casting, since the book points to it as another possibility for the hobbyist. Also, be aware that it is really written toward the hobbyist who is casting parts for restoring cars. Obviously, the information can be translated to other uses, but the writer will give examples focused around car parts and what metals work best for that, rather than other uses.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Coren on February 18, 2012
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This book isn't very thorough, well illustrated or innovative. it is a mere how-to book, and does a basic job, nothing more. I failed to notice the book is from 1986 - although casting methods haven't changed much for hundreds of years, ways of explaining them must have. this books fails at this point, with ancient photos and outdated terms. it does give the basic explanations, processes and materials, so I wouldn't call it useless, but if you need to understand how to cast things, you are better off with books like "Practical Casting: A Studio Reference" by Tim McCreight or "The Prop Builder's Molding & Casting Handbook" by Thurston James (which is NOT a handbook - it's a comprehensive, detailed and large format book!) - I own both of these books and they are far better than the book I just reviewed. maybe it's good as a historical reference, or for something specific about rubber/auto parts. for all other things related to casting - take my recommendation above.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By EC on September 16, 2010
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I have a first edition by the elusive TAB Books (McGraw-Hill). I don't know if they print these today. This was the basic book back in the 1980s for molding and a great start today if inexpensively purchased. There are other books today that are more detailed and up to date. The materials and access to the materials have advanced for the hobby molder since the book was published due to the internet. Again, still a good book to have on the bookshelf if you can pick one up cheap.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bob schafer on July 22, 2011
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Not knowing anything about the subject I picked up this book and found it surprisingly fun to read and very informative. It tells you how to build your molds and some of the equipment needed or where to buy it. For a beginner it is an excellent book. One that will inspire one to try making something while clearly and simply outlining the procedures necessary.
You will enjoy this short succinct book and the methods outlined.
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