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Offline PekkaNF

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Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #175 on: February 28, 2015, 02:52:40 AM »
I have done very little casting but always wanted to. More I read, more I'm convinced that i need to start from low tempreture stuff. But I read and try to learn.

But you guys! Sometimes I don't know if you are talkking real utensils, parts, methods, tools or just joking and mixing parts of s-type minoritties. Unicorns and cowcorns :lol:

But keep it on rolling, I finally get it when a leg getts pulled.

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Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #176 on: February 28, 2015, 09:25:45 AM »
Well Pekka, the truthful part is I want to get the metal coming in at the bottom of the mold cavity, but using simple molding methods with this shape pattern, that area is inacessible. So one possible method of getting a passage for the metal to that point is to bury a horn shaped plug with the point down, at the spot where the metal needs to go, and then pull it out after the sand is rammed in place. Because it is both curved and tapered, it should come loose without disturbing the sand, and give a passage that you can pour into from above, and which chokes down to a small opening at the side and bottom of the mold cavity.

Does that make more sense?

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Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #177 on: February 28, 2015, 09:52:14 AM »
Steve,it is a real possibility that real horns may have been used at some time,just considering the fact that horn is easily whittled and sanded smooth and it is also easily shaped by heating and bending.
It therefore may not be such a silly idea after all.....OZ.
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Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #178 on: February 28, 2015, 10:18:39 AM »
Yup, that's what I was thinking  :thumbup:
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Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #179 on: February 28, 2015, 10:20:58 AM »
But, I've already made the cheek flask the same height as the pattern, so a horn sprue will have to wait for another project!  :beer:
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Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #180 on: March 07, 2015, 10:00:10 PM »
I didn't have enough time for doing much today, so decided to paint one of the two pegboard panels in the shop white. The walls were originally white, but after putting the dark brown peg panels up, I've been squinting a lot more! John Sevenson's mention in the sander thread reminded me that painting them was a gonna-do that maybe ought to be done-done. So i found an old gallon can of off white buried in closet in the house with about a pint of thickened paint in it -- why we were saving that I don't know, but perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone! A little water and it loosened up, and I removed the tools, painted, put them back and we're half way there.

It does make a big difference in seeing things. Looking forward to doing the other side, and probably the galvanized metal ceiling, too.

I had kind of noticed the machining pics I took were brownish. Must have been reflected light from the pegboard. Wonder if they'll be brighter colors now?
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Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #181 on: March 07, 2015, 10:17:55 PM »
Steve

You can't get too much white in your worksop. Especially if you are paying the electric bill and/or you are taking photo's.   :) :)

Now you have officialy got your spring cleaning started.  :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #182 on: March 08, 2015, 06:03:10 AM »
Re Painting pegborads:

Sarted to layout all the tools and bits that came with the new mill.

Black tools on black pegboard - not a good idea.

So painted the boads white No Brainer.

Also the strip lights in the shop are fairly old warm white. They should be called Wornout White.

Got three new 5' Cool White strips and starters for 18 and when fitted gained one extra stop on the camera.

Thats nearly twice the amount of light
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Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #183 on: March 10, 2015, 08:17:17 PM »
Will, it definitely makes a difference

After painting the pegboard on the left side:

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Re: Working on a new tiny shop
« Reply #184 on: March 10, 2015, 08:18:07 PM »
And then I painted the masonite of the top of the bench as well:

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