The Definition Of "foundry". foundry ˈfaʊndri/noun: foundry; plural noun: foundries. "A workshop or factory for casting metal"
Of course, in this case, we are referring to the backyard or hobby foundry, and in all reality there is zero need for any kind of sophistication about the facility… in fact it’s best to keep it simple.
Your workshop might be large or small, what ever size workshop you have will be ideal to use as a hobby foundry…
But let me be clear, you will need a workshop, or at the very minimum a shelter/skillion where you can prepare and carry out sand moulding, and a melting and pouring area, plus a shake out floor…
Shake out is where you’ll remove castings from the sand mould after the casting operations are completed… the messy part.
You might make do with the existing carport-garage-workshop that you currently have… it will help to be organised and keep it all compact.
The hobby foundry ebooks we have written and shared since 2003, outline in detail the processes and pathway to success to help you set up your own little hobby foundry.
If your current skills include working with metal and welding, then you have a head start, because setting up and building your foundry will involve constructing and fabricating quite a bit of your own equipment and gear.
But don’t be alarmed, because we explain to you in detail how to build and put everything together.
Building most of your own gear is part of the overall foundry learning process, it is not essential, but you will learn in spades about the simple equipment and how to get the most from it.
From time to time, people contact us with a request to purchase a ready made hobby foundry set up – Well, I’m sorry to say, we don’t supply such a thing… and to be honest, the shipping costs would be outrageous to say the least, and that is the reason why we put so much emphasis on the DIY build it your self approach.
It makes a lot of sense to build things to suit your own operation and purpose.
Whether it happens to be:
- a gas fired furnace,
- foundry tools,
- moulding bench,
- gyratory sand riddle,
- or numerous other things,
Most are reasonably simple to build, and some small moulding tools can be made from household utensils… so how cool is that.
Over the past few years, we have received many emails from fellows who have spent much of their life working in the foundry industry, then they retire, and want to learn how to set up a backyard foundry.
The first time that happened I was taken aback somewhat… I simply wondered why someone who had worked in the industry for decades did not really know how to go about setting up a hobby foundry.
But once they had purchased the ebook package, and read about how to go about it, the journey began and they simply never looked back, they became clear about the set up process, and after all, it really is a miniaturisation of the big time commercial foundry.
Sometimes, it is difficult to see the forest for the trees!