The Definition Of "foundry". foundry ˈfaʊndri/noun: foundry; plural noun: foundries. "A workshop or factory for casting metal"
Of course, we are referring to the backyard or hobby foundry, and in all reality, there is no need for any kind of sophistication about the facility… in fact, it’s best to keep it simple.
Your workshop could be large or small, what ever size workshop you have will be ideal to use as a hobby foundry…
But 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… keep it organised, and nice and 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 small 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 totally essential, but you will learn heaps 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, 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 needs and purpose.
Save big dollars and build your own:
- gas fired furnace,
- foundry tools,
- moulding bench,
- gyratory sand riddle,
- or numerous other things,
Most items 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 commercial foundry industry, then they reach retirement age, and they want to learn how to set up a backyard foundry so they can continue in their foundry craft.
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 read through the ebook package,they understood how to about it, they began the journey and they simply never looked back, they became very 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! (1546 J. HEYWOOD Prov.II.)