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The Complete Handbook of Sand Casting 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0830610433
ISBN-10: 083061043X
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tab Books; 1 edition (March 22, 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 083061043X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830610433
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Forrest Addy on February 4, 2000
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C. W. Ammen has done an admirable job of condensing the three foundry trades apprenticeships into a paperback. If ever a live steamer or inventor wanted to set up a small foundry this would be the book to buy.

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.
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This is possibly the best reference work for sand casting that I have ever read. It covers bench and floor castings, in all the popular metals (iron, brass, etc..) Ammen uses his 35 years of foundry experience to provide a complete and explicit reference for sand casting.
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This has got to be the sand casting bible, because for one it really does start at the begining. This book will treach you how to start from scratch, build your own furnace, and how to make the anciliary equipment. Most importantly it is written by one of the experts in the field, he will take stepby step through your first casting, and teach you how to figure out what went wrong. So if this is what you want to do this is the book for you.
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When I needed a part for a project that I just couldn't buy, I decided to try sand casting it. This was the first book I bought, and I don't regret it. It has a great deal of technical knowledge to offer, and it's written in a very accessible way for the amateur like myself. Mostly though, I get a great mental picture of Mr. Ammen when reading his words. I've known crusty tradesmen like I imagine Ammen to be, and it makes me sad to think that they are a dying breed. What a world, full of artists, amateurs, and pencil pushers, with few that know how anything really works. I think it's worth buying just for the colorful prose.

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.
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For me, intention of this book was to introduce me to casting of metal parts. I already had a homemade gas furnace and I needed knowledge to start producing and casting some custom made metal parts.

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.
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Concise and definitive. This is a reference manual only- Terms, styles, and concepts are well illustrated and broken down for the beginning caster of Brass, Aluminum, Bronze and white metals traditionally cast in sand.

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!
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A well thought out book with easy to follow instructions. A good reference book for the novice foundry man. I would suggest this book for anyone even remotely interested in casting and foundry work.
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This is a fantastic book for anyone who currently casts metals or just wants to start. Any of the books by C.W. Ammen are pretty much essential to the hobby casting library. Easy to read, as it is written for the layperson.
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