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    Hey Oscar and Rick, hope you all had a great...

    Hey Oscar and Rick, hope you all had a great weekend.!!
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    Oscar as a long time member of this forum, my...

    Oscar as a long time member of this forum, my hats off to you. You have certainly mastered the design process. Thanks for your continued contributions.

    Jim
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    Hey I'm glad that I inspired some ideas for you...

    Hey I'm glad that I inspired some ideas for you guys. Best of luck with your project and I hope that you can share a picture when your done.
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    Are you are referring to carving on the length of...

    Are you are referring to carving on the length of the turning as opposed to the circumference?

    Several years ago I was asked to create a personalized softball bat. Before any turning on the...
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    Thanks guys. I gave it to my brother last night...

    Thanks guys. I gave it to my brother last night and he could hardly believe that I made it. He absolutely loved it and that makes it all worth while.
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    I recently carved a monogram and then cast it in...

    I recently carved a monogram and then cast it in brass for a present for my brother. It's not perfect but I like the idea of it being personal.

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    Thank you Want2b. Mugsowner, and Oscar48. I was...

    Thank you Want2b. Mugsowner, and Oscar48. I was using 3/4" HDF with this project. I suppose I could have planed it down to 1/2" and used tabs, but releasing with the drum sander has worked so well...
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    I used a scratch awl in the casting sand to help...

    I used a scratch awl in the casting sand to help recreate the lost beak. Here's a couple of shots of the results. I'm pretty happy with the 3D affect. Thanks for reading and I hope you found this...
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    I then packed the sand over the 1st half and...

    I then packed the sand over the 1st half and flipped over and added the 2nd half and packed with sand the second half and preceded to cast the resulting mold.

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    The next part was challenging. To mate the two...

    The next part was challenging. To mate the two halves. I did this with 1/4 " pegs.
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    Next I needed to release the patterns. I usually...

    Next I needed to release the patterns. I usually run the patterns upside down thru the drum sander to release but the humming bird pattern must by angled and the beak was going to get sanded off if...
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    Creating a 3D carving to cast

    I've wanted to create a 3D casting using the Carvewright to create the model to mold. This presented quite the challenge but thought it thru and will relate how I accomplished it for those who might...
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    I started by making my own and gained some...

    I started by making my own and gained some experience in casting. I recently stepped up to using petrobond and it really improved the quality of my casts.
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    Thanks, actually I never quit carving, but it was...

    Thanks, actually I never quit carving, but it was always just average stuff. The last couple of years got very busy as I prepared for retirement. Now that I'm retired I have the time to explore...
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    Fantastic craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing. ...

    Fantastic craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing.

    Jim
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    Thanks Rick and Mike. Well I couldn't resist so...

    Thanks Rick and Mike. Well I couldn't resist so I designed and carved some decorative washers. I recently built a loft in my shop and used the cast washers there. The blue is from chalk line...
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    Thanks Mugsowner. I wish you the best on your...

    Thanks Mugsowner. I wish you the best on your casting adventure also.
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    I then cut off the excess metal from the sprue ...

    I then cut off the excess metal from the sprue and the vent holes, do a bit of sanding, then painting, and then finally sanding the paint off the high spots. I am pleased with the font I used as...
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    For this trial run I choose to melt some aluminum...

    For this trial run I choose to melt some aluminum scrap and poured into the mold. I then waited about 10 long minutes and then separated the two halves to reveal the casting.
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    A pouring hole (the sprue) is added to the top...

    A pouring hole (the sprue) is added to the top half as well as 2 vent holes. The top half is lifted and the carving removed leaving a hollow imprint in the sand. The top half is put back in place....
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    I then flip the flask over and apply the top part...

    I then flip the flask over and apply the top part of the two part casting flask. A powder is added to keep the top half from sticking to the bottom half. Sand is then added and packed in the top...
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    I next place the carve face up in the bottom of...

    I next place the carve face up in the bottom of the casting flask and pack with casting sand.
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    From carving to casting. A plaque is born.

    It's been several years since I posted and I doubt anyone even remembers me. Anyway I just completed a project that has been on my bucket list for several years. That project was to create a mold...
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    As a rule of thumb I figure $40 per hour of...

    As a rule of thumb I figure $40 per hour of carving time plus materials. This covers prep time and finishing. Your carvings are beautiful and worth every bit of $300-$400 or more.
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    You my friend are living the dream. :D

    You my friend are living the dream. :D
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