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The Complete Handbook of Sand Casting 1st Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
Mr Ammen knows his business and how to teach it but he is not a technical writer. You will have to live with the book's faults. It's poorly edited and there are a good many clumsy sentances and examples of bad grammar.
Do not let these faults distract you from the narrative. A good industrial craftsman with little knowledge of foundry practice can follow the instructions given to ultimately produce practice sand castings of most any metal of good quality.
A topic like metal casting could fill an encyclopedia easily, so I think it is great praise of Ammen to say that this book gives you just enough rope to hang yourself. Besides, anybody who's ever done anything knows that the only way to learn how to do something is to do it. So get this book, mix up some green sand, and git'er done.
I found the book more than adequate; it gives very detailed information about what, how and why for casting virtually any readily available metal around. After reading and rereading, I felt comfortable enough to start casting... And I started from mixing my own sand for 0$$. However, I still need to experiment a bit :)
This is really one good book to have around for reference. Only one thing I find not such goodly described (and the author himself says that this is a field of it own)is pattern making, if you are starting from scratch.
In all, I am very satisfied with my purchase and I can freely recommend it. I think it will be useful to me, not just now on my beginner's level, but also later, for more advanced castings.
My application is in the home foundry- using Ammens' text allows me to read more industrial white papers and job orders with a deeper understanding of the processes involved, along with the logic and problem-solving applications (the WHY of something versus the HOW)
For the home-foundry, light industrial caster, or repair and fabrication shop this is a MUST HAVE for your reference shelf!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is very informative. Its very detailed on the process of sand casting and I would recommend it to anyone who's interested in trying it out as a hobby.Published 3 months ago by Mackelaus
The most informative guidelines for sandcasting I have encountered, I have given this book to so many people who I know that I have started a group of metal casters in my state,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Greg King
Excellent information. Geared more toward ferrous and alluminum metals.Published 10 months ago by ptnopt
Very good book with lots of detailed info but some of the illustrations should be updated or be drawn out in more detail.Published 12 months ago by Bryce R.