31639Re: [hobbicast] Re: soldering Iron element as foam cutter (long reply!)
- Jun 2, 2004Charles wrote:
> On the furnace i think ill take your advice and scrounge. Ill beI'm in a 2-bed flat, with one bedroom converted into an office. I do all
> moving in 3 months and no guarantee ill even be able to use the
> furnace there so im not going to put any real money into it. Ill
> probably be in a 2 bedroom apartment with one bedroom transformed
> into a "shop". Dont think they'd appreciate a 3000 degree furnace
my molten metal magic out in the back yard - where I have to pack and
unpack everything from a cramped, leaking, and slug-ridden shed :-( It's
When I next move, "large outhouse" will be a requirement for the new
place, I think.
What do others have for workshops?
I want to try my hand at blacksmithing, and I think a gas forge with an
anvil to the left (being right handed, I'd be working at the anvil, and
then be able to shove stuff into the heat without reaching across my
body) and a large stout table at just below waist height, filled in sand
a few inches deep with a heatproof lip around the edge, would be great
for pouring moulds on, especiall if it had a recessed bit to put the
furnace on so the top was at waist height too - my current furnace
experiments involve crouching down to floor level, which does my lower
back in after a while.
I'm also having crazy plans about running propane supply pipes
everywhere with outlets sporting a nice ball valve and a POL female
thingy like on a standard cylinder, connected to a cylinder outside. I'd
put a high-output 4 bar regulator on the cylinder itself and then screw
regulators in where I plugged stuff in. I've a feeling this could be
done in a way that's safer than having multiple propane cylinders around
for running forge, brazing torch, and foundry burners - having all of
the stored propane outside the building with a master shutoff appeals to me.
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