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Thad Van Gilder
04-15-2009, 11:06 AM
OK lets see if this will work. its my first time posting pics.

here are two cast bronze portlight trim rings for my ketch. Oh and the pattern in the middle. the letters are little wood letters from AC moore.

Lets see if this works!



Thad Van Gilder
04-15-2009, 11:07 AM
OK so how do I get my pictures in the thread itself...

Thad Van Gilder
04-15-2009, 11:10 AM

Does that do it?


Gary E
04-15-2009, 11:11 AM
IF your real need is to have more of them, I sugest you go to a machine shop and have them made from plate. That's a really simple job and will cost you a lot less than any casting.

Captain Intrepid
04-15-2009, 11:12 AM

Click the little button that looks like this http://img135.imageshack.us/img135/3192/insertimage.gif in the reply page just above the main post text box and paste the URL of your image into the input window that pops up.

Thad Van Gilder
04-15-2009, 11:14 AM
Yeah right! These cost me 6 dollars of propane and a couple of old cleats that were free.

That's three bucks each ring! add the cost of the pattern at a buck a letter and we are still talking less than ten bucks a trim ring!


04-15-2009, 11:22 AM
Looks great - is it your first time casting bronze yourself?

Thad Van Gilder
04-15-2009, 11:30 AM
No I have been playing around with it for 2 years.


04-15-2009, 12:10 PM
A handy skill to have. At some point I will have to source/build 3 gudgeons and pintles for my boat as the existing ones are Stainless. I have thought about acquiring the equipment to do so.


Thad Van Gilder
04-15-2009, 01:51 PM
I am currently using a johnson furnace that I got from a school district closing its foundry program for a hundred bucks.

My last one was a coal fired pottery kiln that I got for 25.

The first one was a home made job that worked ok.


04-15-2009, 06:20 PM
I have a electric pottery kiln, if anyone wants it.
Really nice work Thad. Isn't it great when a plan comes together? Craftsmanship.

04-15-2009, 06:45 PM
Nice work Thad ! :)

re Gary's comment , It might be a little difficult to have the raised *UTOPIA 1978* machined onto the face ! :D

Casting has it's place and you can do it at home .:)

Peter Malcolm Jardine
04-16-2009, 09:25 AM
cool Thad..:)