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How to Cast Small Metal and Rubber Parts Paperback – 1 Nov 1989
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From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
Well illustrated, full of hints, tips, Do's & Don'ts, and with detailed steps to make moulds in various mediums and produce castings in most metals or rubber.
Originally written when room temperature vulcanising rubbers (RTV) were a novelty, it has lost none of its usefulness - the RTV industry has moved on, but only in the variety of products it offers, not in the basic concept (rubber now comes in 6 different grades of Shore Hardness as opposed to the 2 covered in the book, and silicone & latex now come in umpteen different grades for moulding.)
This is a well-written, very readable guide which will enable any amateur mould-maker to produce almost anything in rubber or metal.
Gets my 4 stars ****
I'm only a beginner myself so I can't say whether the techniques are out of date, but it's an interesting read and easy to understand.
The author obviously has extensive experience in casting and passes much of this knowledge on through the pages of this little book. The illustrations and photos are clear and complement the text well.
Whilst this book won't tick everyone's boxes, especially as it perhaps has too much emphasis on sand casting, it still represents great value for money and is packed full of useful information.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very informative book, a definite read if you intend to work with rubber parts.
The 'Flexane' 2 part rubber mix product requires special attention
Detailed and informative. Only downside are that all the colour pictures are on the front cover.Published 23 months ago by Mr T P Condliffe
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